Taylor hoping to get the nod for Newcastle central defensive berth

Steven Taylor hopes to have impressed in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea to retain his place in the Newcastle line-up.

Steven Taylor hopes to have impressed in the 1-1 draw against Chelsea to retain his place in the Newcastle line-up.

With Mike Williamson and Fabricio Coloccini both suspended, Taylor and summer signing Sol Campbell came in for their first starts of the season and played a big part in holding the defending champions at St James' Park.

"It was an unbelievable feeling to be back playing," Taylor told the Evening Chronicle.

"I got a chance to play with Sol Campbell at the back, who I had played with in a reserve game against Manchester City.

"I enjoyed having him talking to me all the game - he's been there and done it. I can learn from Sol, he's fantastic.

"We're in the team now, and hopefully we'll get another chance to play at West Brom," Taylor added. "We've just got to take it game by game."

Taylor's previous appearance had come against West Brom in January and while both sides went on to win promotion from the Championship, the centre-half has been sidelined with knee and shoulder problems.

"The nerves were kicking in before the game - it was a massive match for us," he said.

"But once I was out there and warming up, the nerves went. When the whistle went, I was straight back into it.

"I won my first header against Drogba and felt good. We could have won the game, but in many ways, it couldn't have gone better.

"We came through it with no injuries and got a great point. The lads were fantastic."

 
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