Taylor eyes Euro spot

Magpies utility man eager to triumph in Tyne-Wear derby

Ryan Taylor: Hoping success over Sunderland will spark a late charge for Europe

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Newcastle United utility man Ryan Taylor is hoping success over Sunderland in the Tyne-Wear derby can spark a late challenge for Europe.

The Magpies are sixth in the Premier League ladder three points behind Chelsea in the wake of last weekend's 2-2 draw with Wolves at St James' Park.

Alan Pardew's side are four points clear of Liverpool and Taylor is keen to return to winning ways against the Black Cats and extend the gap on the chasing pack.

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"Europe is in our sights now."

Newcastle's Ryan Taylor

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"If we can beat them, then we open that gap up between us and the teams below a little bit more," Taylor told the club's official website.

"We are a few points ahead of Liverpool and it's looking okay at the minute, but if we can beat Sunderland, then who knows?

"We can go on to bigger and better things. Europe is in our sights now."

Taylor admits it was disappointing to squander two points against Terry Connor's side last weekend, although he is taking the positives out of the match ahead of the visit of Martin O'Neill's men.

"It was disappointing to lose a two-goal lead against Wolves, but at the end of the day, we didn't lose a football match and there were positives to take out of it into Sunderland," he continued.

"It's always tough to put together any sort of unbeaten run in the Premier League, but we have got a good one at home and we take it into the biggest game of the season for us so far.

"We want to keep that run going, keep our stadium a tough place to come, and that will be no different on Sunday."