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Taylor not bothered by chants

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has revealed that the chants aimed towards him during the Wear-Tyne derby did not affect him, with his only concern beating Sunderland.

• Pardew condemns chants

The abusive chants aimed at Taylor, 26, were seen as a reaction to claims the player made in an interview prior to the game in which he claimed no Sunderland player could make the Newcastle team.

But the former England Under-21 international says the chants were the last thing on his mind.

"I'm only bothered about playing and winning. It was good to get back to that," he said.

"It was a bit of banter, and I was just happy to be playing again."

With Taylor only recently returning to action, he was keen to get a further 90 minutes against Club Brugge on Thursday - a game in which Alan Pardew also handed him the club's captaincy.

"I've waited a long time for it, and I'll never forget it," he said. "I've taken over the captaincy a lot, and I did it in the League Cup against Peterborough when Chris Hughton was here. To start the game with the captain's armband meant a lot to me.

"Today was a perfect game for us, and I'm delighted with it. The main thing was that we won the game, and we've got seven points now. You can see why they're top of the Belgian league. I think, performance-wise, we did well though."

The stand-in captain also reserved special praise for two of his younger team-mates who helped contribute to the hard fought 1-0 win.

"Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi produce in training and got their opportunities. They did so well and they staked their claims," Taylor said.

"The only way I could see Brugge scoring was on the counter-attack and the fast breakaway, and that's what they kept doing. They were very fast on the counter-attack and they had clever movement. You have to take your chances against a side like this, as they'll punish you."


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