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The Magpies defender was relegated with the club in 2009 but firmly says that he has every confidence that the current crop at St James' Park will avoid the drop this time around

Newcastle defender Steven Taylor insists that the Magpies are too good to drop out of the Premier League.

Alan Pardew's side fell to a 4-0 defeat to Manchester City on Saturday, leaving them just three points clear of the relegation zone but the centre-back is unworried about the potential to be dragged back down and repeat their 2009 relegation.

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"I am confident in my team-mates," Taylor told reporters.

"I look around the dressing room at the players who I train with every day and what I am sat around is top-class.

"This definitely makes me believes we are going to do well.

"We are not looking down – we are looking up. We are looking at who we can catch and chase."

Taylor reckons that the quarter-finals of the Europa League provides a welcome distraction from domestic duties rather than a hindrance, with the Toon set to face Benfica on Thursday.

The 27-year-old continued: "If you look at the games we have coming up, Benfica twice, Fulham and then Sunderland, we are excited.

"In the next few weeks I am looking to see this all wrapped up in the Premier League and hopefully we can look forward to the Europa League."

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