There Is A Togetherness At Newcastle Now

England under-21 captain Steven Taylor has said that interim boss Joe Kinnear has brought together Newcastle’s squad of players, which is exactly what was needed, following Kevin Keegan’s second resignation from the Tyneside club.

Steven Taylor – Joe has brought team together

Steven talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

“Hopefully, we have put a smile back on the fans’ faces with a good result and team  performance against Aston Villa on Monday night.” “It was fantastic in the dressing room at the end.”

“There is a togetherness now which we had been missing.” “It was a great week for us gaining two wins. It is so tight at the bottom end that a few wins can push you up towards the top. For us now, it is all about how we perform.”

“We want to put a few points on the board and let other teams try and catch us.” “We found the second goal (on Monday night) and started to pass the ball well.”

“We killed the game off for the first time in a long while.” “The team performance was fantastic, and the lads probably deserved the points.”

“We got in among Villa and defended well. We pressed the ball all over the park and did not let them play.” “We showed a lot of character. Shola Ameobi battled all game, and Oba Martins made a nuisance of himself playing off him.”

“Jonas Gutierrez looked sharp, and caused them all sorts of problems, and Joey Barton did very well again.”

Steven had a solid game on Monday night, with his partner Fabricio Coloccini having another masterful game in the center of the Magpie’s defense, when it really counted. Steven can improve a lot under Joe Kinnear and the rest of Newcastle’s coaching staff, who have pointed out to Steven the various areas where he can improve his game.

We know Steven listens, and if he keeps his head down and works hard, he can become a much better player than he is right now – and we think he knows that – we hope so anyway. But the jury still seems to be out on Steven – at least on this web site.

What do you think?

Let us know – comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • dougnufc

    Nov 5, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Played decent against Villa, hope he keeps this up

  • Geordie till i die!

    Nov 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #2

    Good when he’s good but Bramble when he’s bad as he gives many serious free kicks and penalties away! keep up the good work Stevie T…..

  • azim

    Nov 5, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    hey guys …dont carried away…
    remember GLENN ROEDER….He started so well when he took over Souness ..finish 7th in the league…and in the following season we had one of the worst ever EPL season

  • Champion

    Nov 5, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #4

    thought the back four had a decent game, keep it up taylor. i thought enrique had a good game but in one match rating i read he was given a 4, while the villa defenders were awarded with 5 or 6’s

  • toonmania1

    Nov 5, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #5

    im right behind big joe cmon!!!! he deserves it he’ll wake up every morning saying “im back in the big time pet” the mullet will grow back in as we climb the table, young taylor and mickey owen will have full mullets by april and our new owners will have mullets in the stands. you cant ask for any more, im loving it 2nd half other night we were fantastic

    keep up the good work!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 5, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #6

    Y’right Champion,
    the press don’t watch football mate, they just write their self-opinionated crap before a ball is kicked, based on what ‘pundits’ have spouted earlier…Sad isn’t it?..
    …How the hell can they give the losin’ teams defense better marks than the winners?..
    …I reckon that proves my point!?!..

  • Monster

    Nov 5, 2008 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah man, it was the best performance from a Toon back four in ages.

    Taylor’s partnership with Colo is defo improving and hopefully this will help Taylor develop further.

  • Craigg

    Nov 5, 2008 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #8

    Im right Behind Keith and Orville to get us a new owner and manager.

    Despite the results under Kinnear, How many managers have a honeymoon period:

    Gullits first five games:

    Aston Villa 1 Newcastle 0
    Newcastle 4 Southampton 0
    Newcastle 2 Partizan Belgrade 1
    Coventry 1 Newcastle 5
    Newcastle 2 Nottingham Forest 0

    Souness’ first five games:

    Newcastle 2 Hapoel Bnei Sachnin 0
    Southampton 1 Newcastle 2
    Newcastle 3 West Brom 1
    Bnei Sakhnin 1 Newcastle 5
    Birmingham 2 Newcastle 2

    Allardyces first five games:

    Bolton 1 Newcastle 3
    Newcastle 0 Aston Villa 0
    Middlesbrough 2 Newcastle 2
    Newcastle 2 Barnsley 0
    Newcastle 1 Wigan 0

    As i said Kinnear has got an obvious short term improvement out of some of the lads (Shola) But i cant believe we would ignore the interest from class acts like Terim and Zico and gods like special K and Shearer for a pub team manager.

    Anyway with the takeover looming i doubt any consortium will want Kinnear (Thank god)

  • AO

    Nov 5, 2008 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #9

    i doubt any consortium would want newcastle. long live ashley!

  • Bakerman

    Nov 5, 2008 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #10

    Totally agree with you Craigg – JK is a good interim manager but wouldn’t be able to cope long-term. Oh how I wish we could get Terim or Ranieri!!!

  • bettyswollocks

    Nov 5, 2008 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #11

    Ranieri? is that some sort of sick joke? I’d rather keep joe ta. Ranieri gets the bullet everywhere he goes – basically cos he’s clueless!

  • Whumpie

    Nov 5, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Ed – AO is back and trying to stir it up again. We’re bored with the gobsh*te – can you please just ban him?

    Anyway, back on the thread: Yep, really solid performance, and I was actually quite impressed with Enrique’s performance for once.

    Craigg makes a good point, though – let’s see how JFK does once the pressure drops and people get used to having him around. I’d like to think he can get us to a decent top-half finish, but I’m unconvinced that he can do much more than that.

    But then I was never convinced that he could turn us around either. So happy to be wrong…

  • Irish_toon9

    Nov 5, 2008 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #13

    I nearly fell over the steps in the union rooms when I heard the news. Steady Improvement hope we get 6 points from the next 2 games. Then get a cracking manager in for next season. Toon Toon

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 5, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    Enrique showed some balls v villa, nice to see the lads head hasn’t gone down, & did his job really well!..& he’s a bairn really…We just have to stick with him, keep playin’ him & he’ll be a great player for the Toon!..

    …Keep it up Jose!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #15

    Ketsbaia please!

    Terim is good but I dont think he’ll leave the Turkey job and Zico has just found a new job.

  • AO

    Nov 5, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #16

    I am an idiot spud who knows nothing about football

  • The optimist

    Nov 5, 2008 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #17

    if ashley spent big in january, on Kinnears wishlist of players, would we really not forgive ashley?

    what if the above happened and wise was escorted off the premises (assuming he visits the premises). Is Ashley totally beyond redemption?

    Not stirring here, asking a genuine question. I just want the best for the club, a degree of stability and a proper blueprint for future sustainable success.

    If Ashley thinks he can deliver, should we let him try?


    Nov 5, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #18

    We win two in a row ,the second against decent opposition and what is the reaction, get rid of JK.
    You people are unbelievable, even advocating a whack job (Ketsbaia) remember his freak out with the ad. boards when he scored years ago.
    Yeah he has had success with a team in Cyprus for Ch**t sake, but what the hell does that mean, nada!
    My point, look at Ramos if he could`nt make it, what chance for a Turk or Georgian, c`mon get real.
    Now if we are looking at someone from Holland thats a different story, being they have provided some of the best managers in the history of the game and no I dont mean Gullit.
    Listen! Joe aint doing so bad, certainly got the team motivated, dont be such critics give praise when it`s due.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 5, 2008 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Aye chuck,
    but…Ketsbaia has played for the Toon, in the prem & speaks english…& is a geor…gian!..
    …He’s also got Famagusta into the uefa cup & then the chumps league in successive seasons(2nd in their group atm)…Which ain’t bad for a crazy georgian mofo with a team from cyrus, is it?..
    …I ain’t sayin’ get rid of JK either tho’, he’s doin’ fine for now & more power to him, he deserves his chance!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #20

    Everybody has got to start somewhere.

    He has won titles, cups and got a bluddy Cypriot team into the CL!

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 5, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #21

    Damn right Tom!..
    …& you can’t argue with that…Well some can, i guess!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #22

    I dont get it when people say it only Cyprus bcause the fact is, he doesn’t exactly have a team greatly better than the other teams in cyprus, but still wins the league.

    It is comparative and shows he is a winner.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 5, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #23

    or even its all relative 🙂

  • daydeburt

    Nov 5, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #24

    tom toon, your a mug
    and you were 100% wrong regarding spurs,and how they wouldnt get anything v bolton, arsenal and liverpool. mug.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 5, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Yes mate,
    & he’s still got them holdin’ their own in the champs league!..Simple as…

  • Heavy hitters

    Nov 6, 2008 at 10:58 PM

    Comment #26

    We have been closing teams down very well and we played well. Jonas and Barton make a big difference in midfield. Defence played well too, if Taylor continues NOT to make the errors he makes then I will put up with him being at our club. I still wish he’d shut his big mouth talking to his boyfriend Alan Oliver !


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