Volcanic ash cloud forces Newcastle to travel 410 miles by coach for Plymouth clash

19 April 2010 09:49
The Championship leaders will attempt to sew up the title at Home Park but only after completing the 410-mile trip by coach to relegation-threatened Plymouth instead of travelling by plane due to travel chaos that has gripped Britain due to the threat posed by volcanic ash.

"We usually fly everywhere - even when we go to the Midlands - so it's probably a bit of a novelty for some of the lads," said Newcastle midfielder Ryan Taylor.

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"It's a bit of a nightmare. With three games to go after a long season it's probably the last thing we wanted to do but when you read about what it can do to planes, I'd rather be on the ground than in the air." Taylor, 25, is certain that the long journey will not undermine his club's quest for Championship glory.

"I can't see it having an effect to be honest," Taylor added. "If it was a 3 o'clock kick off and we were going down on the morning I think it probably would. But we're going on Sunday, so we'll have a good day to stretch our legs so the long drive is no excuse if we don't win.

"When I was at Tranmere we went everywhere by coach so I've done it before. For some of the lads it might be a novelty but not me. I remember a bad drive to Peterborough once that took us five or six hours because of the road works but I didn't used to like driving to Swansea. We went to Plymouth too - it was a long way even then."

Taylor and his Newcastle colleagues may have secured promotion but he insisted no one would be taking their foot off the gas.

"It's not a bunch of lads that will slack off because we're promoted," said the former Wigan player. "We want to be crowned champions and we want to do it because we've won a game - not because someone else has dropped points.

"The lads also want to break the 100 point barrier and those sorts of things do matter to us."

"Before the season started it was just promotion that we wanted but now we've got that, it'd be a massive disappointment if we didn't go up automatically.

"We've had a few little low points this season but mostly it's just been ups and everyone deserves massive credit for it."

Source: Telegraph

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