When Steven Taylor was injured and missed his first game at Fulham, Newcastle went down to defeat by 2-1 and most of us thought at the time that if Steven had been playing, we would not have lost that game.
Seven Taylor – take a leaf out of Duff’s book
But since that game Taylor’s deputy Sebastien Bassong has been outstanding in the Newcastle defense, and Steven has had to warm the bench over these last few games, since he returned to fitness.
And that game was the last time Newcastle conceded an away goal, when former Liverpool star Danny Murphy blasted in the match-winning penalty for Fulham after 66 minutes
But Joe Kinnear still has confidence in Steven Taylor, but he says the center-half must wait his turn for an opportunity:
“Tayls is a good player, but he should take a leaf out of Damien Duff’s book.”
“Duff was always in the team when I got here, but he got injured and was out for two weeks, and Charles N’Zogbia came in and did well.”
“It’s hard for both Taylor and Duff to get back in again, but I have to take on board who we’re playing before I select the side.”
Joe has promised he will have no favorites and that players will need to earn their place in the side, and he seems to be sticking to that promise.
One area of the team that Joe has had a dramatic impact on is our defense, and he drills the defense for four days a week in different situations during training, so that their covering and link-up play becomes second nature.
Certainly the way the lads have defended since Fulham has been very good, and they will need to be at their best again at Wigan on Boxing Day, if we are to get another 3 points, which has to be the target.