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By ESPN Staff
Jan 18, 2008

Taylor predicting carnival atmosphere at St James'

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has warned Bolton to expect a torrent of noise as they attempt to gatecrash Kevin Keegan's party tomorrow evening.

The 21-year-old revelled in the last Keegan era as a schoolboy when he watched the former England striker's team of all-stars come close to reaching the pinnacle of English football.

He knows exactly what the atmosphere will be like as Tyneside unites to welcome home an adopted son.

Taylor said: 'I used to watch from the Sir John Hall Stand when players such as Les Ferdinand, David Ginola, Tino Asprilla and Philippe Albert were playing.

'It was an exciting time and that's what the fans want to see. The roof is going to lift off on Saturday and we just can't wait to get out there.'

Where a crowd of 35,108, boosted by a massive late surge, watched Taylor and his team-mates seize the moment in their FA Cup third-round replay against Stoke on Wednesday night, St James' Park is certain to be packed to the rafters for Bolton's visit.

A 4-1 victory over Tony Pulis' Coca-Cola Championship promotion contenders ended a run of six games without a win, although the Magpies have lost their last four in the league - the last game 6-0 at Manchester United - and have taken a single point from the last 15 they have contested.

They remain in 11th place in the table, although the chasing pack has closed significantly in recent weeks, and West Ham in 10th are as many points away as derby rivals Sunderland, who occupy the top spot inside the relegation zone.

Bolton will head for Tyneside four places and six points adrift of their hosts and having lost three of their last four in the league, as well as star striker Nicolas Anelka.

Turkey midfielder Emre will start a three-match ban for his sending-off against Stoke, while Alan Smith and Nicky Butt complete their own suspensions, leaving Keegan with few selection options.

However, the feelgood factor which swept around the city in the wake of his appointment has extended to within the dressing room.

Taylor told the club's official website: 'It's amazing. The fans are on a high and the Keegan days are back.

'We heard the news before the (Stoke) game and we knew there would be a buzz around the stadium.

'We were in the dressing room when (caretaker manager) Nigel Pearson was giving his team talk and you could hear the fans singing 'There's only one Kevin Keegan' outside.

'The whole place was rocking and we put on a great show for the new gaffer.

'I think I can speak on behalf of the players and say that everyone is delighted. It has given the club a lift and the fans showed that - they were absolutely buzzing.'