Newcastle Players Should Follow Steven Taylor’s Lead

Steven Taylor was our best player on Saturday, and to us it’s no coincidence that he’s a local lad, brought up in the Newcastle area in Whitley Bay.


Steven Taylor – other players should take Steven’s example

 Steven scored a wonderful goal, and he showed the fight and determination needed, even in the first 30 minutes, when other players seemed to be in some kind of day-dream, and of course he got Newcastle back in the game on 38 minutes.

Steven has taken his lumps this season, for giving away some poor goals, but there’s no question of  his guts and glory for Newcastle, and we have to hope that other players will take Steven’s lead.  Steven plays like any Newcastle fan would – all out for 90 minutes.

And Steven’s chance, from which he scored, was a lot harder than chances that fell to both Oba Martins and Jonas Gutierrez, who couldn’t put the ball in the net.

Steven had some good and true words to say today about the Newcastle game on Saturday, and what the lads have to do in the remaining 9 games this season:

“We’re always waiting to see what happens.” “In the first half, especially away from home, we always seem to wait for something to happen.”

“When they scored the goal, that was the time we all had to raise ourselves.” “Obviously, the fans weren’t happy, and they had every right not to be.”

“We got the goal in the last 10 minutes of the first half, and that’s how we should be playing.” “Then we took the game to them.” “We should be doing that all season, not just now.”

“We’ve got to start taking risks if we’re going to start getting results.” “We’re going to have to start getting in the box and having a few shots outside the box.”

“The sides were are playing against aren’t afraid to have a shot and follow up.”

Great words from Steven – and we could hardly have said it better ourselves.

Another goal on Saturday from Steven would be great – and we wouldn’t put it past this lad. 😀

Comments welcome.

50 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #1

    How many months now have I been saying we need more shots on goal and not cross and header!

    Lovely goal by Steven and saved our bacon as far as a point in concerned.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Does anyone think Beye will start on Saturday in place of taylor?

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Toon Graeme – hope so

    Taylor’s largely one of the reasons we are we are. One goal doesn’t disguise that! Local lad don’t make me laugh Ed.

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Alan Suddick RIP.

  • Bill F

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d like to see Steve play in Butt’s position, Habib has to come back in.

    Anyone see Gazza in the news today, he is in a sad way. His voice is slurred and he looks like he is punch drunk. He has vowed to keep off the booze, just hope he can do it. Youngsters should beware of the long term effects and although its a pity to portray him in this light use him as an example of its negative effects. Just hope he can recover to have a decent happy life.

  • OHurley

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill F-

    Cheers to Gazza. That’s a sad story, m8. He was a legend, to be sure. I hate to see him in a bad state 🙁

    As for Tayls- I’d like to see him take his place in CM. I think he’d probably be a fantastic CDM. Heck, if he can score a few more goals, maybe we could use him as a CAM? lol, that would be the day. Steven Taylor becomes our lead goal scorer… now THAT’S a great joke!!

  • Bill F

    Mar 16, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #7

    Workyticket, just caught your post, I didn’t realise he had passed away. I remember watching Alan, he was a gem for us. Did little for subsequent teams he played for, pity he left us although we were selling all of out best players at that time.

    As you say RIP Alan and condolences to his family.

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    Nick D you are some kind of prat if the other players showed the same passion & heart as Steve Taylor we wouldn’t be in the sh*t we are. I hope Beye comes back soon but I would play S Taylor at CB instead of Sideshow Bob (Collocini) he’s not worth 10 bob never mind £10 million

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #9

    Just seen Alan Suddick has died he was one of my 1st heros what a player he was as a kid Joe Harvey sold him for £60k & bought 3 players that kept us in the old 1st division

  • bobby_ollox

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #10

    We are absolutely in a scrap, and it isnt going to be fine football that gets us out of it – it is going to be blood and guts, and pride and passion.

    Steven Taylor is the finest example of those attributes that we have in the team, and if he ends up top goal scorer and we stay in the premiership I will be the first to buy next years shirt with his name on it.

  • DJG

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:24 PM

    Comment #11

    It doesn’t matter who is upfront if the chuckle brothers play another stupid midfield.

    Nolan and Guthrie in for Butt and Geremi please.


    Not a bad side with Beye on the bench.

    Steven Taylor deserves to keep his RB spot for now. He is turning into a real leader at RB.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #12

    taylors done a good job filling in for beye even though he makes a few dodgy decisions at cb i think collo has to be the one who gets dropped. hes looked dodgy especialy in the last few games and im not sure he can handle the pressure when things arent going our way

  • vivadavidkelly

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    I have never really rated Steven taylor, but you have to be fair and say that since christmas he has been one of our best players. his commitment on saturday was there for all to see.I am normally the 1st to knock the lad so its only right he should get credit when it is deserved. i would also like to try him alongside bassong when habib gets back. Colo has got worse as the season has progressed. i think he would be a good defender in a good side – like a chelsea or man united, but he cant scrap. for a centre half he isnt strong enough. Steven taylor might not be the best footballer in the world but at least he can mix it and leave his mark

  • North Atlantic Magpie

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #14

    Steven Taylor is not a defender…With Steven Taylor in defense we hardly ever get a clean sheet. When he’s in defense there’s panic and no stability.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #15

    Nolan and Gurthie in the mid sounds good – but lets be honest we all know it will be Butt and prob Nolan with Guthrie on the bench.

    We will need some height upfront so someone has got to give, but we know he will use MO and Oba.

    Predictable is the word

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Decisions Decisions eh Toon G ?
    Hope all is well bud.

    I am just glad we have a master tactician in the mighty Chris Houghton to make those difficult choices : )

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #17

    On Steven Taylor – good goal,won’t be here next season though so enjoy his passion while it lasts.

    We will see wholsale changes come the summer like rats ditching a sinking ship.

  • DJG

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #18

    Steven Taylor has more to offer at RB where he can get up the pitch more and scrap and there is less chance of a mistake leading to a goal.

    I don’t think we should rush into breaking up the Colo-Bass partnership because they have real quality and are constantly tested by having the negetive midfield and poor forward play taking the pressure off. In a good attacking NUFC side we would hardly ever consede goals with their pace and quality.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #19

    SJT – Aye mate things are better than they were. Had to go to a funeral on Friday for a 10 day old bairn. F’ing horrendous experience and added to the match on Sat + the hassle at work to get 2hrs and 15 mins off – a real pi$$er of a weekend.

    Today somewhat clearer of mind and debating to go to reserves or not as knacked. I know there is no debate really as I am going to go. Mrs given the green light (like wow) so gonna use the op to go.

    You going mate? I assume you will bear witness to Arsenal on saturday at sjp?

  • Volume_Coxlodge

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #20

    This is not rocket science. Beye is a great RB. Play him. Colo has found it difficult for weeks/months. Give him a rest. Taylor into CB where he belongs. He can still score from there – and a good thing he has too (5 points I reakon!). And Obs + Owen does not work as Newcastle have no midfielder who can play through on the ground. Big man up fron – we have several, + Obs who is in better nick that Owen. Let Owen take his chances from the bench.

    And we need a bit of luck.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Sorry to here that Graeme chin up fella.
    Was going to try and make the Arse game as up in newcastle that weekend with work more than likely but live in the midlands now and the round trip is a bummer !

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #22

    I like Steven Taylor. Great comitment and passion for Newcastle United. Nice to see him score some goals as well, if he continue like this he will soon equal another local lad – Shola Ameobi..

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #23

    Bill F // Mar 16, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    “Workyticket, just caught your post, I didn’t realise he had passed away. I remember watching Alan, he was a gem for us. Did little for subsequent teams he played for, pity he left us although we were selling all of out best players at that time.”

    Aye Bill. A few years before my time as a Magpie, but I do remember him playing for the Tangerines when I was a bairn. They seemed to love him there too.

  • Macedonia toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24

    Against arsenal this team:





    Bench:Foster, Edgar, Beye, Gutrie, Smith, Carol,R.Taylor

    Jonas must play on the right wing his normal position(from the left he has very poor delivery)

    I think this is our best squad with very strong bench.But we all now that butt must play:( . He doesn’t deserve to be on the bench.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #25

    SJT – forgot to ask how you are mate? – how rude of me.

    NO doubt you will be watching on the tele.

    I really hope that the distribution fromt he mid will be improved and MO and Oba find their shooting boots. No point hoofing the bal if we aint got no height upfront.

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Toon Graeme // Mar 16, 2009 at 3:46 PM

    “SJT – Aye mate things are better than they were. Had to go to a funeral on Friday for a 10 day old bairn.”

    Very sorry to hear that Graeme. I remember you mentioning it a few days ago, and how things didn’t look good.

    My deepest condolences.

  • Guttierez1

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #27

    have you guys noticed that on skysports they reported that Vidic has been banned for only 2 matches for his straight red card against liverpool, why not 3?! andbecause hes had one red card already this season, against liverpool as well, shouldn’t it be extended to 4 matches? clearly the big four are favoured more because Nolan had been banned for 3 matches and look how we suffered!

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #28

    All good here GT thanks.
    If we had some creativity linking our midfield to the attack we would be laughing..Someone to craft opportunitys-Owen and Martins with good service should be lethal..I think Owen’s head is not really focused on us anymore and is off to Man City and Oba looks a shadow of his former 17 goal self.

  • sirjasontoon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #29

    I mean TG Typo error : )

  • Whumpie

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #30

    vivadavidkelly – cheers for acknowledging that Taylor’s done ok. I’m still worried about his knack for sending the back 4 out of shape when he plays at CB, mind.

    A couple of people have suggested he’d be a good DM, and that is an interesting point. He’s got all the qualities – physical presence, guts, an attacking ability when needed. But the main thing is that as a DM he would be able to move around more without distorting the whole shape.

    I expect he’ll start on Saturday, withe Beye on the bench at first. Butt and Nolan isn’t such a bad idea for the middle given the quality we’re up against, but I’d like to see Loverboy shoehorned in there somewhere too – perhaps in place of Ryan Taylor.

  • Whumpie

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #31

    Good point SJT – if only Smith could use all that experience to become the creative midfielder we so badly need. He’s got the workrate, that’s for sure – but can he thread a pass any better than Guthrie?

  • coyote

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #32

    looks like the arse have finally found there shooting boots which is bad news for us after all ther 0-0’s 3 against burnley and this weekend 4 against big fat sams lot ………………….hope they go back to there careless ways but I can’t see it
    as long as they don’t progress beyond 4 cos we need to keep that goal differance better than those around us cos it could come to that

  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #33

    Guttierez1 // Mar 16, 2009 at 3:59 PM

    “why not 3?!”

    1 match ban for the sending off, and a further one match ban for the previous sending off. It was a “professional foul”, not “violent conduct” like the Nolan incident.

  • Fostino

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #34

    delighted wit s. taylors run of good performances in the team, he’s proved all dose fools wrong who were coming on here calling him rubbish and looking to have him sold

    de man is an english U 21 captain, who clearly loves playing for the toon ….legend!!

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #35

    Coyote – Im clinging to the fact they will think we are a walkover and Sh*te and be a tad lacking in umph. Doubt it like.

  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Catch you all later as its nearly home time. Im off to the reserves match so will give u all an update later tomorrow or tonight.

  • mcvicar

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #37

    most fans have different oppinions when it comes to picking the best team available but how many would of picked the team that hughton picked against hull i would imagine not 1 so whats going on in his head i think the pressures got 2 him

  • Fostino

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38

    we ned nolan nd barton both in de team asap

    beye nd owen back are huge boosts

    woud luv a fit viduka too!!

  • Johno Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    fostino any idea when barton is back?

  • Nick D

    Mar 16, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #40

    geordiedownsouth –

    I assume you are a bit cerebrally challenged mate, but try and use just a modicum of whatever brain cell capacity you sadly have to work with, without just abusing people. I would imagine you hae obviously been called some kind of prat a few times, for you to be able to to recycle that phrase.

    Look at the videos of goals conceded this season alone, down to Taylor. Heart and passion are one thing, but it doesn’t eliminate all the errors that have led directly to goals scored against us.

    Now try and complete a sentence without using abusive language.


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