Steven Taylor Epitomizes The Great Newcastle Spirit

Steven Taylor epitomized the Newcastle spirit on Monday night, when not only did he have a solid game alongside Sebastien Bassong at the heart of the Newcastle defense, but he also scored a great equalizing goal, after just 9 minutes. 


Steven Taylor – great game on Monday night
Steven had a mediocre first part of the season, but he’s come back really strong, and now his partnership with Sebastien Bassong looks like a good one.

In fact Steven has one up on Sebastien with the goals he scored, and we just know that Alan is working with Sebastien to get him to get more goals from corners.  But these two lads are right now playing brilliantly for the Newcastle side, let’s be honest, and it’s just great to see.

Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:

“For teams coming here, I know they won’t like it.” “That was the best atmosphere I have ever played in, and my best night in football.”

“They were so noisy and they didn’t shut up at any stage.” “As players it gives us a lift. When I scored it made me feel three foot taller, that’s what an impact this crowd have.”

“Fulham have to come here, and with the fans we have, it will be difficult for them.” “If the fans are as good as they were against Boro, then we’ll have no problem at all.”  

The England Under-21 captain, who has been in splendid form over the last two or three months, when it has mattered, has said Newcastle players are taking no notice of what may be happening between Hull City and Bolton at the Reebok.

That’s good because the lads job tomorrow is to win the game, pure and simple. And what Hull may or may not be doing has absolutely nothing to do with what Newcastle’s task is tomorrow, which is to get all 3 points from beating Fulham.

Steven continued:

“It’s all down to us. We’ll concentrate on our performance.” “There is no reason why we can’t get maximum points.”

“If we focus on that and forget about the others, we know we’ll be safe.” “Beating Boro was our stepping stone.” “We just need to try to take maximum points against Fulham and Aston Villa.”

“We feel we can win both games, especially after putting on a performance that proves we can do that.”

If Newcastle can get the job done tomorrow, amazingly we may even be safe tomorrow night. But we cannot get ahead of ourselves and the lads must realize tomorrow’s is as vital a game as Monday night.

Taylor says:

“It was a massive boost for the lads to get out of the bottom three.” “Everybody came back in the dressing room after it and the smiles were back on the faces.”

“We now look forward to Fulham.” “There’s no reason why we can’t get more next week.” “Look at our team performance against Boro – there were quality performances all the way through.”

“But Five months is far too long to wait for a win for the home fans.” “We have to make this place a fortress again.” 

We expect Steven to play well tomorrow, and we look for another goal from the local lad from a corner, and if we get the same commitment from Steven and the rest of the lads, as we got on Monday night, we’ll be quite happy, thank you very much.

Hopefully if we play like that again tomorrow, then we will indeed get all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Jamesthefirst

    May 15, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #1



  • chuck

    May 15, 2009 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Fulham know what it`s like to be facing the drop, theirs was a close call last season.
    Lets see if we can replicate their effort.
    A win would just about do it I believe.
    Howeeeaaah Newcasiiiil !

  • Doocey

    May 15, 2009 at 4:26 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes agreed, another win will keep us safe.
    However a win tomorrow is absolutely essential!

    If we lose , we’re in big trouble still.
    Fulham have a poor away record this season, let’s keep that going.

    Here’s hoping Toon win and Hull lose.

  • Ericles

    May 15, 2009 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Steven Taylor did a great job with his goal. It had the hallmark on it of Wor Jackie’s 1955 cup final header. We have to win on Saturday. We have the players, we have the fans, we have the passion, but above all we have an over-riding need to win. I would like to see the forwards coring first though. Is not that the way it is supposed to be. Let Harper take the penalties?

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #5

    …can’t understand why so many people are saying Fulham are dodgy away from home. Yes they’ve only won 2 but they’ve drawn 8 (7 nil nils that include Arsenal, Liverpool, Villa and Spurs).

    They’ve only LOST 8 out of 18 away from home – 3rd best outside the top four at NOT losing away from home. A draw will be a pretty bad result from wor lads, so we MUST take their loss tally to 9.

    They don’t concede many either and will be bl00dy hard to break down.

    …anyway, apologies if that seems like pessimism – it’s not. I’m just being realistic. Our squad’s better than theirs now we’ve got players back so hopefully a reverse of their home fixture is on the cards.


  • Geordie-Gerrard7

    May 15, 2009 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #6

    taylor has scored very very important goals for us this season. and won the pen v mackems, he is very essential to everything we have in the future, it would be nice to see him lift a cup for us one day

  • Rodzilla that is when they have gone out to defend against teams. I dont think they will tomorrow as they need the win almost as much as us.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #8

    …yeah, spose you’ve got a point there ASAMIM.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #9


    …spose it’d be easier to call you ‘Milan’ for short – I’m sure you wouldn’t like your nickname shortened to the other ‘M’ word 😉

  • AndyT

    May 15, 2009 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #10

    VERY good point, ESAMIM.
    They’ll be going for a win against us as well. With Taylor and Bassong marshalling the center of our defense, I think we’ll be able to hold off. Just wait for that second half I guess for goals from us though. I think Oba is still hurting a little, unfortunately.

  • Rodzilla

    May 15, 2009 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #11

    Andy, he’ll be hurting until he has surgery mate, in the Summer.

    In a way I think it’s a blessing in disguise – he works best as a supersub in the last 20-30 when the opposition’s legs are wearing out.
    He’s very much an individual/unpredictable player in his style which can sometimes work against us – especially when 4-3-3


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