Taylor to fight for place
Steven Taylor has vowed to fight to reclaim his place in the Newcastle United side.
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 31/10/07 8:22am
Steven Taylor has vowed to fight to reclaim his place in the Newcastle United side after taking Sam Allardyce's recent criticism 'on the chin'.
The England Under 21 captain has been left out of the Magpies' last three matches following his display in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City at the end of September.
Allardyce has offered his backing to the youngster after clarifying suggestions he singled out Taylor for criticism after the City game.
The defender has no quarrel with his manager and is now determined to force his way back into the Newcastle starting XI.
"I don't know what all the fuss is about," Taylor told the Evening Chronicle.
"I'm a big boy now and if this is what the manager said then I will take it all on the chin.
"This is all part and parcel of being a professional footballer. The manager picks the team and I will always respect his decisions.
"In any case, I am sure a lot worse is going to happen to me in my career in the next few years.
"I love Newcastle United. I am a Geordie. This is my club and this is where I belong.
"All I want to do is to get my head down and fight to get my place back."