Steven Taylor was interviewd after the game on Monday night, and he came across as a lifelong Newcastle fan who had just the goal he thionks will be the most important goal he ever scores for the club.
Steven Taylor – scoring on Monday night
We wonder if Steven thinks scoring the winner in the European Champions League Final will be bigger than the one on Monday night – and I’m only half kidding.
Steven knows Alan Shearer well, and he has no doubt that it’s the personality, drive and inspiration of this man that is turning things around big time at the club.
We heard all about Alan’s pre-match team talks when he was helping Glenn Roeder manage the club at the the end of the 2005-2006 season, after Graeme Souness had been fired. And Steven says after one of his talks you just want to go out there and play 110% for Newcastle.
Alan has started to get players playing out of their skins for him and Steven on Monday night was no exception, as he rocketed gome a bullet header after 9 minutes from a Danny Guthrie corner. The lads had been practicing that all week in training.
And Steven, who is getting used to scoring regularly these days, got his 4th goal of the season on Monday night, and knows it’s the influence of Shearer that is turning things around at his home town club.
“Everything is down to him,” “We know what he gives and what he means to this football club.”
“His team-talks in the dressing room make you want to give absolutely everything and everyone feels like that.” “We were all delighted for him after Monday’s game.”
“But we have to take that into the last two games now and use the win as a stepping stone.” “We want maximum points from the last two.”
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There’s a great one with Mark Viduka, who comes across so well and was so relieved after the Monday night win. And we have to admit we didn’t realize Mark seems to love the Newcastle United club so much, and of course he says it’s just an honor to play for Alan Shearer.
As we said it’s a great interview and certainly warms the heart.