Steven Taylor on Newcastle's approach to Stoke City clash

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Newcastle could move out of the bottom three against Stoke tonight.

Newcastle United defender Steven Taylor has urged the side to come flying out of the traps when they take on Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium tonight.

A draw or win for Newcastle would take them out of the relegation zone after Norwich City lost to Chelsea and Sunderland needed a late equaliser to draw with Crystal Palace.

Taylor is quoted in the Chronicle, saying: “We know we have to come out of the traps at Stoke.

“One thing is for sure, we have to take the game to teams. We need the results.

“We need three points - it’s as simple as that.”

It could be a difficult task for Newcastle tonight, primarily because of their incredibly poor away record this season, which has seen them win just two of their 13 games, losing 10 of the others, meaning that only bottom club Aston Villa have a worse record on their travels this season. 

There have been plenty of games this season where Newcastle just seem to have leaked goals, and there has been a complete lack of discipline and composure in their play - the 5-1 defeat to Chelsea not so long ago is a classic example.

While the side coming out of the traps would be a welcome feature of their play tonight, there really needs to be an element of organisation to keep the back door shut - picking up a point against Stoke is certainly not the end of the world and improves their position in the league. Every point at this stage at this stage of the season seems to carry greater significance. 

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