Newcastle United players Steven Taylor and Joey Barton handed Newcastle manager Joe Kinnear some very rare good news this afternoon in today’s behind-closed-doors friendly with Carlisle United, which ended 1-1.
And the main news we can report, is that absolutely nobody was injured this afternoon – amazing. 😀
Stephen Taylor – scored in friendly game today
The Evening Chronicle is reporting this afternoon that Joey Barton played the full game while Steven Taylor played and scored against Carlisle United, after missing the last two matches with a calf injury, even though he was on the bench on Saturday.
Also in action was Danish international winger Peter Lovenkrands while Cameroon midfielder Geremi, seemingly fit again, also appeared for Newcastle.
Joe Anyinsah opened the scoring for Carlisle after just eight minutes before Taylor leveled it with a low shot on the turn into the bottom corner – the local lad would have liked that.
“It was tremendous to get a good run out and I was delighted with the goal to be honest.”
“I stopped short of my usual celebration routine but it was nice to score.”
Well presumably that means that Barton, Geremi and Taylor are now fully fit again, and there’s no word whether Alan Smith got a run out, but there is also hope that Alan may be included in the squad for the Manchester City game.
At least some of our injuries seem to be clearing up – and that has to be good news, through the doom and gloom hanging over St. James’ Park at the moment.
We should also be hearing shortly whether Joe will take free agent Peter Lovenkrands for the rest of the season.