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Taylor - Drop won't happen

Magpies defender certain side will avoid relegation

Taylor: Believes

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Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor is certain the club will avoid relegation this season.

The Magpies are currently 15th in the Premier League table, a point above the drop zone and without a win in six outings.

Taylor, though, is confident Joe Kinnear's squad has the quality to preserve their top-flight status.

Aim

He said in the Daily Express: "We are not even thinking of the word 'relegation' and it won't happen.

"We have to accept we are in a battle to avoid it, but this is a battle we will win.

"We have some world-class players and although it will be a battle, we have the fighting qualities to stay up.

"Then, we have to regroup next year. That's the aim; to get this season out of the way and ensure we are playing in the top flight next season."

Meanwhile, it is reported in Thursday's press that striker Michael Owen could boost the club by making an early return from his ankle injury.