Taylor - Standards cannot slip
Newcastle's Steven Taylor will not allow standards to slip in the battle against relegation.
Last Updated: 24/02/09 8:59am
Steven Taylor insists he and his Newcastle team-mates are well aware that they cannot allow standards to slip in the battle against Premier League relegation.
Newcastle sit 15th in the table, five points clear of 18th-placed Blackburn, but the Magpies have played a game more than Sam Allardyce's team and face a less than appealing fixture run-in when compared with their rivals.
Defender Taylor, though, sees reasons to be optimistic after holding Everton to a 0-0 draw on Sunday after Kevin Nolan's first-half red card.
The result ensured Newcastle are now unbeaten in three games and England Under 21 star Taylor does not expect fans to offer room for any decrease in effort.
"You're at a massive football club and the fans will slate you if you show even the slightest sign of pulling out of something," he said in the Daily Express.
"If you're not giving it 100 per cent, they'll let you know. You'll get found out. The fans aren't stupid.
"On thing we're not going to do now is sit back and let teams come on to us. We're going to take the game to the opposition."