Steven Taylor

By Dan King - Newcastle United Club Reporter

Steven Taylor has urged Newcastle to carry their unbeaten league start into the Carling Cup ahead of their second round tie at Scunthorpe.

He believes doing well in the competition will help to continue to the momentum built up by the derby victory over Sunderland and the opening-day win against Arsenal.

The defender could be involved at Glanford Park on Thursday, with Alan Pardew set to name a strong side against the League One outfit after seeing four top flight sides - QPR, Norwich, Sunderland and Swansea - knocked out already by lower division teams.

And Taylor told nufc.co.uk: "It would be fantastic for team spirit to go on and try do well in the competition.

"A cup run would be great for the club and for the fans as well."

Last season Newcastle knocked out Accrington Stanley and Chelsea, both in exciting  before losing to eventual finalists Arsenal in the fourth round.

And Stevenage sent United tumbling out of the FA Cup at the third round stage, but Taylor is hoping to go further in both cups this term as well as improving on last season's league placing.

He said: "We want to do well in all competitions this season; the league, the FA Cup and the League Cup, and there's no reason why we can't."