Steven Taylor’s Goal On Saturday Simply Superb


Steven Taylor scored a wonderful striker’s goal after 38 minutes at Hull on Saturday, to get Newcastle a point against fellow relegation strugglers, Hull City.

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Steven Taylor – great goal on Saturday! 

 And Steven is determined to get his fair share of the goals which will keep Newcastle United in the Barclays Premier League.

The Geordie defender has now scored 3 goals this season, and 8 goals in his career at his local home town club.

And he would have loved the accolades he got as his goal was just superb, and if it had been Michael Owen or Cristiano Ronaldo that had scored the goal the journalists would have all been raving about it.

Add to Saturday’s goal a towering header from Steven in the 2-2 draw at Everton, and another that proved to be the winning effort during the 3-2 vital win at West Bromwich Albion, and the value of the defender’s attacking qualities are apparent.

And Taylor told nufcTV today:

“There’s no better feeling than scoring for Newcastle United.”

“Of course, if I can chip in with goals then that’s fantastic and I enjoy getting forward.”

“But we don’t mind who scores at the moment because we need every goal and every point we can get.”

“It was great cross from Nicky and I knew Anthony Gardner wasn’t going to get there.”

“Thankfully it dropped for me and I put it in the back of the net and there’s no better feeling.” 

But the England Under-21 skipper was disappointed not to take all 3 points at the KC Stadium, which had to be the goal before the game.

Steven continued:

“The whole first half was sluggish, we conceded a poor goal and didn’t get going until after our equaliser,”

“In the second half we were pushing for the winner and we had a couple of good chances.”

“But were disappointed not to win because that’s what we came here to do and that is what we should have done.”  

Good and honest words from Steven, and he is currently our Man of the Match for Saturday in our Poll Corner, with 34% of the vote and with the very consistent Bassong getting 20% so far.

With Habib Beye ready for the Arsenal game, it will be interesting to see who starts at right back next Saturday, but we think Steven will keep his place.

There’s nothing like competition to bring out the best in our players – and Habib is already having a positive effect on the team – with forcing Steven into a good game on Saturday and a goal too, and that’s before Habib’s even played again.   

What a player! 😀

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22 comments so far

  • DJM TOON

    Mar 16, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    i have to say, i blame bassong for us conceding against hull, positionally, he was shocking, in no mans land.

    every time i watch that goal i’m shocked

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  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #2

    He wears his shirt on his sleeve, never hides and always gives 110%, what more can you ask for?

    Unfortunately to many fans expect too much of this young player and are too quick to critisize. Yes he has made made several defensive errors, however if the midfield and forwards had doing their jobs as well as Taylor, with the same amount of commitment we wouldn’t be in the mess we are in now.

    That is a fact!

    It’s about time some fans got behind the team and gave them the support they’ll need over the next few games.

    As for Taylor, why not put him in midfield in Nicky Butts position. he’s good on the ball, he has vision, he can pass and he can defend. He’s also very good infront of goal as he is proving.

    Why not try:

    Harper
    Beye, Colo, Bassong, Enrique
    Duff, S. Taylor, Guthie, Jonas

    Lovenkrands, Martins

    Owen and R. Taylor have been dissapointing for me of late and i would have liked to have seen Carrol given another chance because despite what some may say, he does cause a lot of problems and will compliment a pacey forward as he doesn’t miss anything in the air and that is something we need.

    Also the fans should lay off Butt and Duff. yes they may be past their best, but they still give 100% and although some may not think it’s not enough, they need to be realistic as we have to work with what we have.

    Personally I think they do a good job and are essential squad players, however too many people don’t look at the bigger picture. I’ll be glad to have them on the bench next year and I’d also like to see a few of the younger players get their chance

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #3

    The back 4 are so quiet-they play as individuals not as a team-presumably because Colo and Enrique speak very little English.
    The whole team is very quiet and lacks leadership.

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  • Dragonera

    Mar 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #4

    “As for Taylor, why not put him in midfield in Nicky Butts position”

    Because playing in DM is about positioning, something S.Taylor is awful at. It is about knowing when and where to intercept the ball.

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  • Premiership Manager

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Scoring goals is all about position so the guy isn’t doing too badly is he, especially when you look at the goals from midfield?

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  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Dragonera // Mar 16, 2009 at 12:18 PM

    “Because playing in DM is about positioning, something S.Taylor is awful at. It is about knowing when and where to intercept the ball.”

    Correct. It isn’t just about covering your own position, it’s about covering the positions of several different players. On Taylor’s positional sense, he’s still a frustrated forward who won’t accept that he’s a defender now. It can lead to all kinds of mayhem, but it did get us a crucial goal the other night. He still needs to stop it though.

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  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #7

    if all our players showed the passion that s taylor dus we would of been safe a long time a go

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #8

    I partially agree with your comments there worky, and I’m gona bring up a comment I left on a previous post a week or so ago, that nobody would engage – when Beye is back Steven Taylor may not get a game, why not try him as a centre forward?

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    …he’s a big lad, got some pace, can get on the end of long balls, good in the air etc……

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    …the only two ‘capable’ strikers we have are dwarves (I see Loving grans as more of a winger), we have three more big lad centre forwards – but one is permanently injured, one is just lazy and cr@p and the other is too inexperienced. What’ve we got to lose?

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #11

    (…….tumbleweeds and sound of whistling wind)……..

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  • Macedonia toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #12

    S Taylor is very good replacement for injured Beye. I think Geremi should blame for hull goal but Bassong was guilty too, he just watch the ball and doesn’t do anything.

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  • cicero

    Mar 16, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Not sure if it was a great strike or a lucky one, it seemed to me it came of his shin. He’s done OK at right back, much better than at CB where he’s a liability. He does give 100% but gets caught out of position. I wouldn’t mind giving him a go at defensive midfield.

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  • workyticket

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #14

    Rodzilla // Mar 16, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    “I left on a previous post a week or so ago, that nobody would engage – when Beye is back Steven Taylor may not get a game, why not try him as a centre forward?”

    Well he was a striker Rod, but they told him that he’d be better off as a defender, so it might confuse the poor lad!

    It’s an interesting question though.

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #15

    I’d just say give him a shot worky, he’d have to be pretty poor to be any worse than others I could mention. On the idea of it being confusing, it could confuse the life out of the opposition! Having a centre forward that also has defensive commitments can’t be such a bad thing either eh? 😉 Ahh well……..

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  • Rodzilla

    Mar 16, 2009 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #16

    *…(having a centre forward that also has defensive commitments (and is actually a central defender)):)

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  • murvar

    Mar 16, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #17

    The goal was a fluke.

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  • Sav

    Mar 16, 2009 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    It would be nice to see some good grace from the lazy Taylor critics. Lazy because its easy to blame his faults while ignoring the good things this lad brings.
    If you want to mess around, instead of taylor at CF or DM, why not put beye at RM and Taylor behind him?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #19

    I was a huge Taylor critic but after witnessing the dilly-dallying Coloccini, Taylor is a breath of fresh air.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #20

    When Beye is back, drop Colo and play Taylor at CB because he aint weak as p*** and can actually run at half pace.

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  • batty

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Tom_Toon your right m8 colo,s a donkey aboot as fast as viduka

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 16, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #22

    I feel embarrassed for recommending Colo lots of transfer windows before we signed him, but he was class in Spaibn but here he looks championship standard at best.

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