We have no fear of Metalist, insists Taylor

DISAPPOINTED ... Steven Taylor.
DISAPPOINTED ... Steven Taylor.

STEVEN Taylor says Newcastle United will travel to the Ukraine with no fear for the second leg of the club’s Europa League tie against Metalist Kharkiv.

Alan Pardew’s side were held to a goalless draw at St James’s Park last night.

And Taylor and his team-mates left the stadium frustrated at the two goals Papiss Demba Cisse had chalked off for offside.

However, the defender’s adamant Newcastle can book a place in the last 16 of the competition at the Metalist Stadium in six days’ time.

“Listen, we’ve got a lot of international players who have played on the big stage,” Pardew said.

“They know what to expect. If we play like we did, we’ll be all right.

“They’ve got to be worried about our players. Ability-wise, we have the better players.”

The first of Cisse’s goals – set up by Moussa Sissoko – was clearly onside, while the second was a more marginal decision from the Norweigian linesman.

“After the game the players thought we should have had the two goals,” said Taylor.

“Speaking to Moussa, he said he was onside. He was sprinting that way, and the left-back was sprinting out.

“You’ve just got to get on with it, and live with it.

“I thought the performance was spot on. The gaffer asked questions of us. The gameplan was spot on.

“We caused them so many problems. They caused us one or two problems in the first half, but at this level, you’re going to get that.”

Pardew was wary of Metalist – whose team is littered with South American players – before the game.

“We looked at videos of them,” added Taylor. “They’re very good attacking-wise, and have some very good players up front and on the wings.

“We’ve been defending very well. We were at them.

“The fitness showed. Everyone was on it. Moussa was walking straight through them. He was outstanding.

“We knew they’d try and upset us. It wasn’t a problem.”