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Taylor retains Europa hope

Ryan Taylor is confident Newcastle will still be chasing Europa League glory by the time he returns from injury.

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Newcastle celebrate Ryan Taylor's goal away at Atromitos in August

Newcastle celebrate Ryan Taylor's goal away at Atromitos in August

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It was Taylor's goal in last summer's qualifier against Atromitos which set the club away on a run which has taken them to the last 16 of the competition.

The full-back injured his knee in the return leg and has not played since, though he is targeting a return next month.

And a 0-0 draw in Russia last week has given Taylor every hope Newcastle can finish the job against Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday and book a quarter-final spot.

He told the club website: "Anzhi is another tough test but the lads picked up a good result in Moscow.

"Hopefully I can be the one who started it all and I'd love to play some part in it towards the end - who knows, maybe in the final.

"It's the only trophy we've got to play for this season so I don't see why we can't have a go.

"It does seem a long time ago when that first free-kick went in right on the stroke of half-time to get the ball rolling for the European campaign, but I watched all the group games, home and away.

"It's a good journey and I'm sure the lads are enjoying it, and with the knockout stages you've got to field a good team if you want to progress."

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