Taylor targets top 10
Defender says 'getting relegated definitely helped Newcastle'
Last Updated: May 14, 2011 7:13pm
Taylor: Relishing the challenge of taking on Chelsea
Steven Taylor is targeting maximum points from Newcastle's final two games of the season, starting on Sunday at Chelsea.
The Magpies defender hopes Alan Pardew's side can now relax knowing their position in the Premier League is safe.
Taylor believes Newcastle have no need to change their attacking approach when they travel to Stamford Bridge and he is relishing the challenge.
The former England Under-21s skipper said: "The main thing, we said at the start of pre-season in Ireland, was survival and once we got that, it was a good season.
"Now where we are, why not go for it and try to get the six points and hit the top 10?"
Taylor claims relegation helped the North East giants cope with the demands of the top flight and pulled the squad together.
He added: "You are playing with players who you know are giving 100% every week and they want to be here playing.
"It means more. Everybody knows how much togetherness we have in this squad.
"Getting relegated has definitely helped Newcastle, it's pulled us through.
"At the start of the season, everyone had us down for the bottom three all year.
"We have proved a lot of people wrong and now we can just relax a bit and enjoy it and see how things go now."