Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has today praised the performances of our two Liverpudlians, both signed 13 months ago – Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.
Ryan Taylor – scored his 4th goal of the season Saturday
And talking first about one of the leaders at the club, Kevin Nolan, Hughton said today:
“He’s played more games than anyone.” “He’s a big player for us on and off the pitch.”
“One thing with Kevin was that you knew again at some stage he was going to score again.”
“We just hope he doesn’t go again as long without scoring.”
And Hughton has also been pleased with the substitute appearances of Ryan Taylor, who for the second game running scored in added time.
If you want to impress the manager, there’s nothing like scoring when you are brought on as a sub.
And of course both goals were set up by another of our substitutes – Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate – who in both cases did the classic right win run and cross to set up both of Ryan’s goals.
Chris talked about Ryan Taylor today:
“It was the first thing I thought as soon as he knocked it in – it was the same combination.”
“It’s always nice when two players come on and make a contribution to a win.”
“Ryan has played such a big part of the season.” “At the moment, for whatever reason, he’s found himself not in the team, but he’s a big player for us.”
“He’s probably out of the side through no fault of his own.” “Danny Simpson’s done well at right-back, and Wayne Routledge has come in, but Ryan’s a really valuable player.”
“It’s just unfortunate he’s going through a period where he hasn’t played the amount of games he would have liked.”
But both Ryan and Fabrice have done their jobs for the side when they have been brought on – and you cannot ask more than that – after all this is a team game played these days with a squad of players.
Fabrice will be hoping to impress during the run-in so that he gets another contract in June, and right now it has to be touch and go for him, but we know he just loves it at Newcastle.