Toon Tay­lor made for top four po­si­tion

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STEVEN TAY­LOR in­sists New­cas­tle de­serve their top four spot – de­spite a mad­cap start to the sea­son.

Alan Pardew’s team sit fourth in the Premier League with eight points from their first four games.

Pardew is gut­ted at New­cas­tle not be­ing able to add an­other striker be­fore the trans­fer dead­line.

But cen­tre-back Tay­lor, who starred in Mon­day’s goal­less draw at QPR, main­tains the Toon have earned their place in the Cham­pi­ons League spots. He said: “We are get­ting stronger and we de­serve to be where we are. Now have to keep it go­ing.

“Last sea­son, we might have con­ceded near the end, but the con­fi­dence and team spirit through­out the side has got us a good re­sult.

“At the end of the day we were de­lighted we got a re­sult and a clean sheet.

Strug­gle

“This is good progress, and we will be look­ing to build on it when we go to As­ton Villa on Satur­day.”

Pardew has ruled out dip­ping into the emer­gency loan mar­ket for a new striker.

The New­cas­tle boss saw his side strug­gle to cre­ate chances at Lof­tus Road.

He also failed in his at­tempts to sign ei­ther Mev­lut Erdinc or Bryan Ruiz in the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow.

How­ever, he in­sists he is happy with his at­tack­ing op­tions and is con­fi­dent

STRONGER: Tay­lor his team will score goals when Demba Ba – who signed from West Ham in July – and French mid­fielder Hatem Ben Arfa are back fully fit.

He said: “I have no in­ten­tions of bring­ing an­other striker in.

“ We have Ben com­ing back.

“ We have a good group of strik­ers here. Demba Ba is also get­ting up to speed now.”

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