Toon Taylor made for top four position
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.
“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.”