There were many reports after the game last night, that at half time, there had been in bust-up in the tunnel between Cristinao Ronaldo and our own Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – no bust up with Ronaldo in the tunnel at half time
There was however an altercation with Rio Ferdinand at half time, who was incensed at Steven’s foul on Ronaldo, just before the half time whistle blew.
Taylor had fouled Ronaldo near the end of the first half, as he put an arm over the Portuguese star, and flung him to the ground after a touchline tussle.
Taylor said last night:
“There was no bust-up with Ronaldo.” “I shook hands with him at the end of the game.”
Several other players were involved in the mini-brawl before officials and team-mates pulled apart Ferdinand and Taylor, as the teams filed down the tunnel for the break, after one of the most exciting first half performances seen by a Newcastle side this season.
And after Taylor had been booked, Rio Ferdinand’s protests, which were a bit over the top, earned him a yellow card from referee Steve Bennett, before he headed to further confront Taylor in the tunnel.
Meanwhile, speaking about the incident caretaker boss Chris Hughton said:
‘I’ve had an opportunity to see the incident again and Steven catches him on the shoulder, and that’s all it was.”
If the lads can play like that in every remaining game, we should be safe from relegation, and it’s going to take something like that for us to survive this season.
The Newcastle side has thrown too many points away this season against mediocre opposition, and it’s those teams we have to beat, and beat well before the end of the season.
We’ll have Hull City, Stoke, Middlesbrough, Fulham and Portsmouth to play soon, and we’ll need to beat every one of those teams to make sure we stay up this season.