Steven Taylor did not want to leave the field after the 2-0 victory at St Jamesâ€™ Park as he soaked up the atmosphere which is unique and magnificent at Newcastle. He also thought the Sunderland players had faces like smacked backsides, which is an interesting simile to say the least.
Steven Taylor – soaked up the atmosphere at St. James’ Park yesterday
But the Evening Chronicle is reporting today that young Taylor was showered and changed in a flash, and then he spoke immediately to the Chronicle after the game:
â€œThere was no better feeling on the final whistle than seeing the Sunderland players with faces like smacked backsides.â€
â€œWe were disappointed at the Stadium of Light, as we didnâ€™t get the result we wanted there, and this win was for the fans.â€
â€œThe first goal took the sting out of it, and relaxed us a bit, and I think they were dead and buried after the second goal. We were able to keep the ball a bit more.â€
â€œI think it was better than the 3-2 win two seasons ago. I think it meant more to everybody because of the season weâ€™ve had so far.â€ â€œThe fans deserved that, and it was great to send them home happy.â€
The England Under-21 skipper who had another very solid game alongside Abdoulaye Faye, continued:
â€œWhen we walked out, the first thing I noticed was the fans holding up the black and white cards. The lads looked around and thought â€˜wowâ€™.â€
â€œThere was no way we wanted to disappoint the fans, and we were so happy to put on a good show for them. I thought everyone did themselves credit.â€
â€œI wish I had scored â€“ that would have been the icing on the cake â€“ but Iâ€™ll take the three points. It was the biggest game of the season for us.â€ â€œThe gaffer did give a little team-talk, but the players knew how much it meant.â€
By Kevin Keegan’s own admission Newcastle were only at 50%-60% of their capabilities yesterday. That was going forward, but in defense Newcastle looked extremely solid, especially in the second half, when Sunderland had woken up just a bit.
The change in the way the defense is playing under Keegan is just amazing, and dare we say it, they looked very good yesterday.
Roll on next season – that’s for sure.Â Â Â 😀