Steven Taylor has every right to be delighted with his goal on Sunday, because it turned the game completely for Newcastle.
The England Under-21 captain had a slow start but then came into to his own, especially in the second half, when you could see grit and determination written all over the face of the 22 year-old.
You may criticize this lad, but it’s never that he doesn’t give his all for the Newcastle club, and it’s just great to see, as he sets a great example for the other players.
And 47% of our readers thought he was Newcastle’s best player yesterday – if you haven’t voted yet, please do.
Taylor told the Chronicle today:
“We can build on this now.” “It was vital to get that goal back just before half-time. It got the lads’ heads back up, which we needed.”“There is nothing worse than conceding two goals in the manner that we did.” “But we kept going and kept the ball.”
“It was a much better performance in the second half.” “It frustrated their fans and that was one of the most important things.” “We came back well and, in the end, we were unfortunate not to win the game.”
“It was a great ball by Geremi to the back stick, and I just managed to get my head on it and it crashed off the crossbar.” “I was delighted with that because I knew we were back in the game.” “The lads deserved it because they worked so hard.”
And then it was Taylor, of course, who set up the Damien Duff goal, and Steven was so cool on the bye line as he weighed up his options, after breaking the Everton offside trap. He picked out Damien Duff, and Duff hit it first time and crisply into the net, with his right foot – a great finish from the talented Irishman.
Taylor then talked about Newcastle’s second half display:
“The second half was just fantastic.” “We started well – I got down the wing and got the ball in.”
“Maybe I was lucky to be onside, but TV replays showed it was well onside afterwards.”“I just cut in and picked out Damien Duff, who finished it superbly.”
Taylor is now off with the England Under-21 side for their two-leg qualification games with Wales in the European Under-21 Championship play-offs.
Great performance from the young lad yesterday.
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