Steven Taylor Must Be Massive For Newcastle On Sunday

We heard yesterday that Newcastle’s appeal against Bassong’s red card, against Fulham, was turned down.


Steven Taylor – club needs massive game from the local lad on Sunday

A statement from the FA, regarding the Basssong appeal, read as follows:

“A claim for wrongful dismissal by Newcastle United defender Sebastien Bassong was rejected.”

“Bassong was sent off for denial of an obvious goalscoring opportunity.”

“His two-match suspension, due to it being his second dismissal of the season, begins with immediate effect.” 

That’s hardly a huge blow, because nobody really expected the FA to turn it around, especially when Alan said aftyer the game, he thought the sending off was probably right.

That means David Edgar and Fabricio Coloccini will porbabaly fight it out for a place in central defence, but we also think both may play, because Habib Beye is doubtful.

Dowie told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“Sebastien’s disappointed. We believed (Diomansy) Kamara was going away from goal, and not in an obvious goalscoring position, so we appealed. ”  “He was about 40 or 50 metres from goal, but we just have to get on with it.”

“Habib has been outstanding for us, and it will be a big blow if he doesn’t make it. It will very much go down to the wire, and it will be a 50-50 decision.” “His attitude is spot on, and he’s doing everything he can to play. If it’s humanly possible, he’ll be there.”

“But we’re not going to damage the lad. If he’s fit, then great, but we must protect his long-term future.”  

That’s better news on Habib, who will be on the filed on Sunday, if at all possible, becasue here’s one non local player who shows commitment, class and fighting spirit for the team.

If other players only showed that same commitment we’d hardly be in the desperate trouble we are in right now.

Iain Dowie thinks Steven Taylor could be a big player for us on Sunday:

“He’s been out for a while, but has come back and put in two very good displays. He understands what the Geordie faithful expect.”

“There could be a lot of responsibility on his shoulders, but he will relish that.” “It’s very important we play with composure and discipline, and we also want desire and hunger.”

Steven Taylor had a mediocere first part of the season, but in the last three months, when it’s mattered, he’s come into his own, and not only played extremely well, but shown the 100% commitment he has for his himetown club.

Steven was born in Greenwich, but when he was just 2 weeks old, his Geordie parents brought him to Whitley Bay, and only this week  boss-man Shearer said he is a possible future captain of the club, if he keeps improving, which Alan says the lad is determined to do.  

He will be a lot better captain than the current occupant, that’s for sure, as Michael Owen has shown no leadership at all in these drastic times. We know all about real leadership, and Michael was not born with that particular characteristic, unlike his current manager, who exudes leadership.

You justy have to listen to Alan talk about Newcastle United, and you can see the leadership that exudes from the man.

Steven Taylor may have to do it all on Sunday. He will be the main man in defense with Sebastien being out, and he may have to get the Newcastle goals from corners, as he did against Middlesbrough.

For the sake of everybody connected with the Newcastle club, we have to hope that Steven has the game of his life for Newcastle on Sunday.

We’ll need several of our players to do just that,  if we are to survive, and not be a Championship club come Sunday evening.

40 comments so far

  • Toon_Factor

    May 20, 2009 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #1

    Sorry but Taylor still doesnt do it for me- great going forward but in reality he is not that good of a defender.

  • Girth

    May 20, 2009 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #2

    nah, every player should be trying to be massive every game they play, is that to much to ask??

  • baztoon

    May 20, 2009 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #3

    taylor is the next john terry

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #4

    WANTED: Positional sense, I know you cant buy it but if someone has some can they give it to me, I promise to give it a good home. It will sit on my mantle alongside my passion and heading ability. It has been pointed out that I should be known as a good defender and without it I wont. It has also been pointed out that I am the common denominator in every other centre back at Newcastle being labelled as useless.

    So if you have a spare ton of positional sense, I promise to give it a good home, just I have no chance of finding some in myself.

  • neeraj

    May 20, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    this is what your statement is implying:-

    a 20 year old was the reason that players like boumsong and bramble lost their game play forever

    he had a good partnership with faye, towards the end of the season last year…..

    and he has been good lately, at least you can acknowledge the fact he is improving

  • cicero

    May 20, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #6

    Stardust you’ve just taken the words out of my mouth. I’ve been a Taylor critic for the past couple of year, he makes some fundamental errors for someone on a position where a mistake usually costs a goal. However, over the past couple of months he’s one of the few who’ve shown any kind of spirit for the cause. Maybe Big Al should get Tony Adams as defensive coach next season; heaven knows we need one.

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Neeraj – yes he has played better of late – however his positional play even against Middlesborough as atrocious – we have one of the worst defences in the league – he is the common denominator.

    Bramble is 3 times the player Taylor is, he can distribute from the back, has a crunching tackle and has eliminated his lapses in concentration.

  • cicero

    May 20, 2009 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #8

    Off subject, I see Tony Parks has turned down the managers job at Blackpool – is he going to be one of Big Al’s first coaching appointments. I’m sure Al knows him from his Blackburn days.

  • kevheslop

    May 20, 2009 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Stardust – yesterday was not a one off I see- your spouting sh1te again!!! While I am often a little critical of Taylor, your assessment that he is the common demonator in Newcastle’s constant defensive problems if way, way off the mark. You mention Boumsong, Boumsong and Tayloe rarely played together and there is no way that you can blame Taylor, who would have been little over 17-18 years old for mistakes made by Boumsong an experienced international centre half – and for the record Boumsong mostly played alongside Bramble, so by your reckoning that would have been an exceptional partnership!!! It must have been in training that Taylor messed the up! You talk rubbish mate

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #10

    Kev – once again you kneejerk without thought.

    Read again, I haven’t mentioned Boumsong once.

    Apology will be accepted on a post card.

  • kevheslop

    May 20, 2009 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I am not giving you an apology for anything – I do not kneejerk at all – over the course of 3 seasons watching Taylor, I think he still has a bit to learn, but he has potential to become a top defender, it’s a pity for the lad that he has never had an experienced quality centre half alongside him, as that would be a perfect scenario for a young player learning his way in the top flight – you however, while accusing me a knee jerk, blame Taylor for Newcastle’s ongoing defensive problems……Taylor has made his mistakes, as has Collocini, as did Bramble, Carr, Ramage, so does Enrique, and may I say from time to time Given when it came to crosses, command of his box, kicking etc. THe problems were a collective thing – I am not a knee jerker, unfortuntely for you it appears that I understand the game a lot better than you do – it is impossible for anyone to single out one player for Newcastles unablity to defend well enough for the last 5 years – and he can’t be a common denominator as he he been in and out of the side for only the last few years, the problems pre-date Taylors time in the team!!!

  • kevheslop

    May 20, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    Why does Stardust always just say absolutely stupid things all the time – and in a really superior and smug manner? It winds me up!

  • sirjasontoon

    May 20, 2009 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Stardust is harmless we all have our faults : )
    Who is setting up a blog for next season anyone?

  • Macas35

    May 20, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #14

    More nonsense about Taylor I see. While he is prone to a rush of blood and the odd mistake, to blame every other defender at Newcastle for being rubbish because of him just goes to show how unhinged certain people are. He seems to have played with Bassong and Byeye without any problems. It’s not his fault that Coloccini has no pace or heading ability and frequently drops clangers. Don’t get me wrong, he still has a lot to learn, but he doesn’t deserve all the stick he gets. And to say that Bramble is 3 times better than him is beyond belief. Bramble was awful at Newcastle and that had nothing to do with Taylor.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #15

    Stardust – That comment you made earlier…

    “Bramble is 3 times the player Taylor is, he can distribute from the back, has a crunching tackle and has eliminated his lapses in concentration.”

    Sorry BUT HELL NO!! You’re sooo wrong on that one. Bramble has been by far THE WORST defender I have seen in my life! I hated the guy with a passion and I never feel hatred towards any Newcastle players-only him though. What a joke of a defender. He may have less lapse at Wigan but that doesn’t stop him from being atrocious. “crunching tackle” you say??…the same crunching tackle that nearly put us down to 10 men every time or the crunching tackle that gives away inviting free-kicks or penalties. He was giving us a bad name, and who can ever forget those ridiculous slips at critical one on one situations. I think his transfer was the only real highlight to Ashley’s regime, next to Shearer’s appointment.

    Ps..What a fairy tale ending it would be if we win at Aston Villa and stay up and send Sunderland down. 😛 I will hang on to that fantasy until’s to hoping.

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Myself and Worky and one or two others might do it SJT – just out of curiosity. Quite a bit to do, the way I am thinkinging though would need a small subscription to cover its costs – you see any problem in that?

    Oh and Kev – remember when Taylor wasn’t in the team v Chelsea away – magnificent defensive performance and the next game until Habib got injured. I had read you can trains peas for brains – apparently it’s true – congratulations.

  • Girth

    May 20, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #17

    dont know what the fuss is about, he is terrible…

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Girth – you cant say that – he is a geordie – and that makes his terrible play invisible actually.

  • hitman

    May 20, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #19

    stardust we had 11men behind the ball at chelsea m8…taylor is young and still learning the game.

  • hitman

    May 20, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #20

    correct that 11men doing nowt but staying in there half defending.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 20, 2009 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #21

    I see Taylor as a great RB and not a CB. I know CB is his preferred position, but he likes to wonder off in the opposing half too long and too frequent to be playing at CB. Now deployed at RB where he’s currently playing, he can bomb forward all he wants and support the RW. He does this superbly and the way he ghosts behind the back post on corners is impressive as he has scored a few of those already. Always learning, always eager and can correct himself and improve his game for us unlike Bramble. A very brave, determined young player that does make mistakes but has massive potential. Bassong is a better defender mind you, but that isn’t to say that Taylor is bad. He is still learning and polishing up his game. Taylor also has quite a lot of pace and strength and few beat him one on one. It’s just a damn shame we probably will get relegated and the development to his game will be slow in the championship against weaker opposition weekly.

  • sirjasontoon

    May 20, 2009 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #22

    No probs with paying a subscription Stardust plus it would keep the WUM’s away,just let me know.

    Be good if we can all keep in’s been emotional : )

    Off out now will check back later tonight.

  • Rodzilla

    May 20, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #23

    When I glimpsed at that Taylor image for this story it looked like he was holding a light sabre for a second.

    Sh1t, we could do with a few Jedis out there on Sunday. Er, while I’m at it I may as well name an inter-gallactic 11.

    I’d go 4-3-3.

    ——-Jabba The Hutt————

    Boba Fett–Zaphod Beeblebrox–Chewcbacca–Darth Maul

    Alien——————Godzilla———–Darth Vader

    Luke Skywalker–Obi Wan Kenobi–Predator

    Manager: C3PO
    Assistant: Yoda

    ….Beeblebrox is great in the air due to his two heads, and Alien would turn Villa’s defence inside out – literally.

  • Girth

    May 20, 2009 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #24

    chewbacca would be a ledge of a dentre half…:-D

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2009 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #25

    if taylor is the common denomonator in our poor defence how come bassong and coloccini have been our CB pairin for a big part of this season and the defence has been absolutely terrible, you mention how good our defence was at chelsea away without taylor, BUT you forget to mention the monster cock up by coloccini against chelsea at home when taylor also wasnt in the team so what happened ther then?

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #26

    Nick 69 – a back line isnt just a CB pairing, Tylor plays his own line even at RB – end of – deal with it.

  • Rodzilla

    May 20, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #27

    Girth —24

    ….yeah mate, and Jabba would just wedge in between the woodwork, clean sheet – no problem 🙂

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2009 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #28

    yes but the majority of the time bassong and colo hav been our cb pairing taylor has not been in the team at all, he played at right back a few games and he actually played very well hence why ppl now want him played at rb as his primary position, fact is coloccini is currently the weak link in our defence- end of.

  • komfort

    May 20, 2009 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #29

    well if stardust says taylor is crap then he must be!!….f/king ridiculous , you wanna try getting behind the players in our hour of need..

  • JJJ

    May 20, 2009 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #30

    During the first game of the season against Man U, they never looked like scoring.
    Taylor went off for 5mins with an injury and they scored straight away.
    He has his faults he has has far more positives.

  • JJJ

    May 20, 2009 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #31

    Ps, Stardust…

    Can you not just comment, do you always have to be “creative” in a very gay way?!
    You have to be gay…

  • Stardust

    May 20, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #32

    JJJ – is that the time when he went off for the magic sponge and they scored as he was busy playing the the crowd?

    You say hero – I say coward

  • Nick 69

    May 20, 2009 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #33

    my god ur pathetic, anyway arent you always giving us the speech that you’ve been behind the team all season while we have caused all this sh*t through kickin off with ashley and co, now how does constantly slaggin off taylor, a player, who are the ones that need us behind them, how does that fit into you whole ‘ive always been behind the team’ theory, cos as far as i can see slaggin off players, who can actually make a difference to the results is more damaging to our league position than givin fat ashley grief!!

  • Rodzilla

    May 20, 2009 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #34

    Haway man Stardust —32, that’s a bit strong.

    There’s no questioning the lad’s commitment. Playing for a sh1t, injury-ravaged squad, in no fixed position due to having to cover for a crocks; under, what is it, 6 managers in 3 years? … a club completely ravaged by bad press and controversy.

    Hardly the ideal conditions for a settled player, and as you know, the main reason for where we are now. He’s the captain of England U21s – a good prospect – coward, I think not.

  • geordie deb

    May 20, 2009 at 10:57 PM

    Comment #35

    Stardust/SJT etc
    I would be happy to pay a subscription to a blog. The banter on here needs to be kept going somehow. Good luck with trying to set something up.

    what date will you be pulling the plug on this one?

  • Stardust

    May 21, 2009 at 12:01 AM

    Comment #36

    Geordie Deb – we are going to finalise how we will run it, subscription isn’t the best way, so we are hopefully coming up with a route forward.

    anyone wanting to be informed by email when the new blog launches please send an email to :

  • Tom_Toon

    May 21, 2009 at 12:49 AM

    Comment #37


  • Rodzilla

    May 21, 2009 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #38


  • Tom_Toon

    May 22, 2009 at 12:31 AM

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    May 22, 2009 at 12:31 AM

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