LIVERPUDLIAN Ryan Taylor will play for Scouse honour when Newcastle host Everton on Saturday, writes Craig Hope.
The boyhood Liverpool fan is relishing the visit of David Moyes’s side, with the makeshift left-back insisting: “I need no motivation for Everton as I was a Red when I spent my days in Liverpool.
“I don’t want to see Everton get any points – especially off us!”
The Everton game is followed, after a two-week international break, by back-to-back away games against the two Manchester clubs, who occupy first and second places in the league, then Chelsea visit St James’s Park in early December.
Taylor added: “We can set ourselves up for the big three – the home game against Everton’s one we’d like to win.
“Now we’ve given ourselves a platform to build on. Come the Manchester games, there’s no pressure on us whatsoever.
“It’s not like we’re down there fighting for points.
“We’ve given ourselves a little cushion for the Manchester games, because we knew they were coming up.
“The games come quick and fast.
“We’re sitting pretty in the league, and on a nice number of points. We’re not fighting for those points and there’s no pressure on us.”
H Haris Vuckic and Mehdi Abeid were on target as Willie Donachie’s Newcastle Reserves won 2-0 at Wigan yesterday.
Alan Smith played his part and is still hopeful of being involved at first-team level this season.
But he is backing Alan Pardew’s success: “The club’s ambitions are to finish in that top 10,” he said.
“The club have changed their policy and are bringing in younger players who will develop and are hungry.
“If they can develop, the club can too and then go in the right direction.
“That’s what the club foresees for the next few seasons coming forward. It will be about buying 20-25 year-olds and developing them. If the team finishes in the top 10, they can push on from there.”