Steven Taylor pleads for patience
Defender Steven Taylor has called for patience as Newcastle attempt to kick-start their season.
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The Magpies passed up the opportunity to inject fresh impetus into their Barclays Premier League campaign on Sunday when old boy Kevin Nolan fired West Ham to a 1-0 victory at St James' Park.
Alan Pardew's men have now won only one of their last six league fixtures, and although they have lost just two, they have slipped off the pace as they attempt to repeat last season's top-five finish.
But they at least have another chance to start the ball rolling when Swansea head for Tyneside on Saturday, and it is one Taylor knows they must take.
He said: "Absolutely, and I think we can do. We have to take positives out of Sunday's game, move on to next week and put in a good performance for ourselves and the fans.
"The main thing is that we get the three points that we want. But Swansea are a very, very good team, so we are going to have to be patient."
Patience was in short supply at St James' on Sunday afternoon as Newcastle once again laboured in the quest to rediscover the form which catapulted them into the upper reaches of the table last season.
Inevitably, it was Nolan, whose leadership and goals proved so crucial during his time at the club, who snatched victory with a trademark opportunist strike six minutes before half-time.
Taylor was pleased to see his former team-mate back in the north-east, but was left to rue his presence.
He said: "It was nice for him to come back. We are disappointed he got the goal, but we have just got to get on with it.
"He's a very good player and he's a goalscoring midfielder. I don't know how he hasn't had his chance for England."
It proved a frustrating afternoon for Pardew, his players and the home supporters, who have grown used to effective attacking football, goals and victories, all of which have been lacking for much of the campaign to date.
There were flashes of brilliance from Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa, while Demba Ba was denied an eighth goal of the season by a fine save from Jussi Jaaskelainen, who also kept out Yohan Cabaye.
However, the Magpies could not find the cutting edge they required and with central defender Fabricio Coloccini and midfield enforcer Cheick Tiote missing through suspension, were vulnerable on the counter-attack as they committed men forward.
Pardew said: "If you don't score at home, then you're asking for trouble. We threatened the goal and we had eight or nine shots, but without really any purpose or quality.
"We had one good effort from Yohan which they blocked away, but I am disappointed.
"We have got to win at home and create a good feeling with your fans, and we didn't do that, we did the opposite."
Cabaye, Ba, Jonas Gutierrez and Papiss Cisse all limped away from the game and could be doubts for the weekend, while Coloccini will serve the second of his three-game ban.
However, Tiote is available after completing his suspension - although he will miss next week's Europa League clash with Maritimo after collecting a third booking in the competition in Bruges on Thursday evening - and Pardew admits he has been missed.
He said: "It will be nice to see him back next week."