RYAN Taylor is happy for Newcastle United to keep being written off – as it’s bringing the best out of Alan Pardew’s side.
Newcastle lost their unbeaten tag at the weekend when they were beaten 3-1 by Premier League leaders Manchester City.
But the Magpies are still fourth ahead of Saturday’s trip to second-placed Manchester United.
“Nobody expects us to win the league, and there’s no pressure on us whatsoever,” said Taylor, who hopes to keep his place at Old Trafford after a testing afternoon against City.
“We can go and enjoy games. The gaffer has his own targets, but, as players, you just want to do the best you can.
“We’re in the top four, and a lot of people say we can’t finish there. If we do, though, it’s unbelievable. We want to get to the targets set and better them, if possible. Then it’ll have been a good season.
“We can’t start looking too far ahead. You wouldn’t look beyond the Chelsea game (on December 3) for instance.
“You have to play these teams regardless, and, at some stage, it’s a 38-game campaign, so you somewhere along the line you’ll meet Man United and Chelsea.
“It’s pointless looking down the fixture list for when we play the teams that have just been promoted, because you have to focus on the next game.
“Doing anything else will give you a false reading of the situation.”
Taylor is looking to add to his three-goal tally.
“It will be nice to get one again,” said the 27-year-old. “But it’s all about the team, I was buzzing with the goal because it meant so much to me personally.”