Keegan – Faye and Taylor Playing Well

Kevin Keegan has expressed confidence today in his central defensive pairing of Steven Taylor and Abdoulaye Faye.


Abdoulaye Faye – dominant in the air last week

The two of them played very well indeed last Saturday and goalkeeper Steven Harper only had a couple of long shots to deal with in the first half. And of course it was also our first clean sheet since mid-January so it was an excellent result and display by the lads.

In particular, Faye was dominant in the air and didn’t let danger man Brian McBride get much of a sniff of the crosses coming in, and Brian was eventually replaced, to the relief of the Newcastle fans.

On Sunday the defense will be facing any two strikers from Robbie Keane, Dimitar Berbatov and Darren Bent and they are all good and dangerous players. It will be a good test for the defense and hopefully we will see continuing improvement from them.

Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today about our two center-backs:

“We have taken a bit of stick defensively lately, but I thought Abdoulaye Faye and Steven Taylor did very well for us against Fulham last Saturday.”

“Of course, the headlines all went to Dukes (Mark Viduka) and Michael (Owen), but there were a lot of other good performances in there from the lads at the back and we will be looking for the same on Sunday.”

It will be important on Sunday that the defense has a good day because no doubt Tottenham will be going all out for a win, since they will be trying to get themselves as far up the league as possible in preparation for a much better season next year.

The Carling Cup winners have shown some good form recently. But they are also beatable, so we are hoping that Kevin has worked out some game plan with former Tottenham coach Chris Hughton, so we can pull a surprise and even win the game.

We certainly need to show some attacking spirit on Sunday, so we can get those points we still so desperately need to haul us away from the relegation threat.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • James

    Mar 28, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #1

    Faye and Taylor playing well….against the lesser players. When pitted against Man Utd, Arsenal, and Liverpool, they both struggled. Next season I want two CB’s to become a rock at the back.


    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #2

    I think this is KK man management. Taylor and Faye are not good enough. They make as many mistakes as Titus used to! Against quality they are chasing shadows.


    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #3

    I think too they where not bad, but far away from good enough for threating the good EPL teams! We need a strong new leader there.

  • Afromag

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #4

    if keegan wants to play our best defenders on sunday, he should play beye @ CB(who in one game played better than both these guys combined all season) and Edgar (young and athletic). Geremi can cover @ RB. Faye is too slow, Taylor is too proud and useless and cacapa is………… well cacapa is just cacapa!

  • Big Gaz

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Good to see that you lads are behind the team, and filling the players full of confidence. NOT !. Get behind the team and give them some support man.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Big Gaz, we are totally behind our team and manager but we are aware of where we need to strengthen the team in the summer.

    Will be a good test for us on Sunday, we will be able to see exactly how far we have come in the last few weeks/months as on paper we are very similar teams however Woodgate is a power of strength in defense.

  • Leo

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #7

    i really like faye, taylor is learning and rozehnal will come back spend a whole pre season with us and show how good he is next season, we need another dominant kind just like faye

  • JEFF

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #8


  • James

    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #9

    it’s on sky i believe. definitely not on setanta


    Mar 28, 2008 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #10

    In think you are being harsh, When the midfield keep the ball as well as they do at Man Utd, Liverpool and Chelsea then there is less pressure on the centre backs and they keep loads of clean sheets, Both Taylor and Faye are very good centre backs but i think they are quite similar as they both go to attack the ball and leave space in behind i think we should buy a deeper lying Sweeper.

    The one we should buy is Gonzalo Rodriguez from villareal, He is 23, Played loads of games in the argentine and spanish leagues and also the champions league where he excelled and has also played a few games for the argentine national side, Villareal are a good side but they arent the richest and i think they would take £10m as we bought Enrique of them for £6.3m and they had to take that, event though they didnt want to as it is big money to them, Also if we buy Reyes then we will have a few spanish speakers to help each other settle in the toon.

  • Obafan

    Mar 28, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #11

    I am not going to give lots of negative comments after last weekend (and a win), but I think Faye is a great player, but he needs a leader next to him. And Taylor is not that man, he needs to learn so much more himself and that is normal if you look at his age. I still am convinced that Cacapa could be that leader, but he was never given a fair chance IMO.

    I’m wondering when Diatta will make his debut. If he needs to get more match rhythm, then I really start to ask the question why they signed him till the end of the season.

  • Hadji

    Mar 28, 2008 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #12

    Craigg….Gonzalo is my kind a CB i would love to have,he is much better than Burdisso imo.
    I preffer 3 top class CB in the summer

    1-Gonzalo Rodriguez
    2-Ezequiel Garay
    3-Bruno Alves

  • yet_another_indian_toon

    Mar 29, 2008 at 6:37 AM

    Comment #13


    forgot him or wat?


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