Belfast Telegraph

Hughton hopes Taylor will stay

Newcastle boss Chris Hughton has described the transfer-listing of Steven Taylor as a "club decision" and insists he wants to hold on to the defender.

The Magpies on Wednesday confirmed they will listen to offers for Taylor having thus far failed to reach an agreement with the 24-year-old over a new contract.

"I think most know that it is a club decision to put him on the transfer list," Hughton said. "His contract talks have broken down between himself, his representatives and the club but that is something we hope can be resolved. He is a player that we would certainly like to keep here at the football club."

He added: "I think there are always going to be things that test us and there will always be other issues, but the important thing is that Steven is a player we would like to see at this football club. He is a very good player and certainly I hope an agreement can be made."

Taylor, who is sidelined with a shoulder injury, was amongst a host of Newcastle first-team players who did not feature in Wednesday night's 3-2 Carling Cup win over Accrington..

Hughton named an entirely different starting line-up from the one which had beaten Aston Villa 6-0 on Saturday, with Shola Ameobi captaining a side which included youngsters James Tavernier, Tamas Kadar, Shane Ferguson, Ryan Donaldson and Kazenga LuaLua.

League Two outfit Stanley battled well against their Barclays Premier League opponents and went in level at the break after a wonderful effort from Ray Putterill cancelled out Ryan Taylor's equally impressive opener. But the Magpies moved two goals ahead in the second half thanks to finishes from Ameobi and Peter Lovenkrands before Sean Hessey's late consolation for the hosts.

Hughton was delighted with the younger players' contribution as his team secured their place in round three.

"It was the tough game that we thought it would be," Hughton said.

"You know with a young side that there are some risks that go with that, but we had enough confidence in the lads to put out the team we did, and certainly it was justified with the result."


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