David Edgar, our 20-year-old Canadian arrived at St. James’ Park less than two hours before the kick-off on Saturday, still unsure if he would even win a place on the bench.
David Edgar – first start in a year and he did very well indeed
But Steven Taylor had a bad case of food poisoning on Saturday morning, and he was deservedly handed his first start in more than a year by Kevin Keegan.
David said it reminded him of his very first appearance at St. Jamesâ€™ Park last January against the mighty Manchester United.
“It felt like Man United all over again,” “I just came in the changing room not knowing if I was even making the bench.â€
“Then I heard Tayls was ill and the gaffer just said, ‘You’re in and I’m confident in you’.â€ “That gave me real belief in myself.â€
“I was nervous but excited at the same time and after a bit of a nervy start I relaxed and thought it went well.â€ “But, to be honest, I was buzzing just to be out there.â€
“Unfortunately Tayls was unwell but that’s football and I just went out and gave it my best.â€ “The crowd was unbelievable and that’s the first time I’ve started in a win at St. James’ Park.â€
“The boys are flying and it just shows the confidence there is at the moment.”
The Reserve team captain has been forced to be very patient this season, but heâ€™s given a good account of himself in the Reserves and he certainly looked the part on Saturday, after the first 20 minutes or so, and took no chances whatsoever.
“Days like that make it worthwhile but it has been a little bit frustrating waiting for my chance,” “But I’ve learnt a lot in the reserves over the past year and also training with the first-team under the new gaffer.â€
“I have a picture with Kevin Keegan of when I was eight years old and on holiday here when he was manager the last time.â€ “It’s crazy to be playing under him but I’m so happy and loving it at the moment.”
David will be just one of our youngsters who will be pushing for a first team position next year, and he’s looked the part every time he’s played for the first team. Andy Carroll is another one who will only be better next season.
So it’s looking like the squad we have right now is a lot better than we’ve thought, now that Keegan seems to be getting the very best out of them.
Five new players in the summer will top off the squad, so we should be able to do very very well next season, in Kevin’s first full season in charge, the second time around.