It was good to see Ryan Taylor back in the team on Saturday, but that was only because Jose Enrique pulled a hamstring in training and Chris Hughton decided not to risk him.
Ryan Taylor – this one ended up in the net!
And today Ryan has heaped significant praise on Newcastle’s caretaker boss Chris Hughton, because of the way he has had them concentrate only on playing football, and he has shielded his players from the crisis, which seems to exist continually at St James’ Park.
And another big factor for our success this season is that the Newcastle supporters have fully backed Chris and the players this season, and the result when everybody pulls together like this is the club is now top of the Championship.
But it was another disappointing result on Saturday with a 0-0 home draw with mid-table Bristol City.
Taylor talked about the Newcastle club today:
“You can turn the TV on any day you want and I guarantee there will be something on it about what is happening off the pitch at Newcastle.”
“But thankfully Chris Hughton is so focused on his job that he does not let the outside world distract him.” “He’s deserves everything that he gets.”
“He has won two manager of the month awards now, and I’d like to know the last person that did that.” “That’s a tremendous feat, especially at Newcastle where it is all going a little bit weird off the pitch.”
“Chris has got a group of lads behind him that will give him everything on the pitch.” “We know we have the quality, but you need a dressing room that builds a team.”
“We keep looking to sign players on loan, and the players we have signed have fitted in straight away. They have gelled already.” “It wouldn’t be far-fetched to say it would be a miracle if we get back up.”
“We haven’t got a huge squad, but what we have got which outshines other teams is character.”
Taylor signed for Newcastle in January and has already worked under Joe Kinnear, Alan Shearer and now Chris Hughton as Newcastle managers.
And Ryan has to admit that life at the Tyneside club is a bit of a soap opera, as he continued:
“It is a bit of a soap opera.” “I’m only new to the club still and I haven’t even been here a year.” “It is quite weird, and I can understand everything the fans say when they talk about the need for stability.”
“Until that happens, they won’t be as happy as they can be.” “All we want to do is get this club back in the Premier League.” “If we stay top then we know that will happen. There are so many negatives, the only way to put them right is to stay top and get up.”
“The fans keep this club going and it’s an unbelievable feeling to play in front of them.”” “The main aim in every game is to take the three points.” “I think against Bristol City we deserved all three.”
“The penalty decision at the end when Marlon went down was stonewall.” “Marlon came in afterwards and said it was a stonewaller – he exchanged a few words with Jamie McCombe.”
“He asked him if he thought it was a penalty and he replied that he thought it was. The only person in the whole ground who didn’t think it was a pen was the ref.”
Ryan seems to have settled down a bit after last season, and he has finally started to score from those free kicks, that he was so good at putting past us when he was at Wigan Athletic.
But there’s no doubt he is a good lad, and he can be a very productive player for us during this vital season, because of his ability to play in many different positions for the club – an score goals too.
We are pleased to have Ryan at the club, and he epitomizes the common sense and spirit the players are showing this season, under the down to earth guidance of Newcastle manager Chris Hughton.