Taylor was asked how many Sunderland players would get into the Newcastle line-up.
âNot even one player,â he replied. âThat is the quality we possess.
âWe say it all the time. Even last year the gaffer said it, he has our team above Sunderland. It is all very well saying that but we have to go out and deliver. That is down to the players.
âIt is all right saying, âYes, the team sheet looks greatâ but you have to go and perform.â
What about Englandâs Adam Johnson, would he swap him for a Newcastle winger?
âNo! He can join our reserves if he wants to,â said Taylor, warming to his mischievous theme.
âBut Adam Johnson is a very good player. I played with him with England Under-21s and he is very attack-minded.
"He knows all about this game, being from Middlesbrough.â