After giving away two early goals on Boxing Day – Newcastle then played some of their best football of the season, and were unlucky not to take something out of the game against Man City.
Steven Taylor – in action against West Brom
But the lads had no luck at all, and didn’t get the rub of the green when it mattered most.
But that’s football – and life too – and this afternoon the lads have another chance to put in a gritty performance and hopefully take something out of the game at White Hart Lane.
Even though just over two years ago, Spurs were in an even worse position than Newcastle, following Kevin Keegan’s departure, they have done extremely well, whereas Newcastle have been relegated and come straight back up.
And Spurs’ boss Harry Redknapp has done a terrific job to have the London side in the European Championship play-0ffs, after just over two years at the club.
It makes us wonder just how well he would have done on Tyneside, if he had taken the Newcastle job offered to him 35 months ago, which he apparently accepted, but then turned down overnight.
Steven Taylor was more than pleased with the effort and come-back on Sunday – if not the initial defending of the side:
“Once we got a goal, we were back in the game, and I thought we’d get another one.” “Luckily for them, they got a deflection. They had the luck.”
“It was such a fluke goal, and there was nothing we could do.” “Performance-wise, I thought it was a man’s performance from everybody.”
“I remember looking at how long had gone – we were 2-0 down with six minutes gone.” “In the Premier League, if you concede a goal early on, it does kill you a bit.”
“But I thought we took the game to a side challenging for the title throughout the game.” “I thought we were fantastic, and were so unlucky.”
“We had chance after chance. On another day, they’d have gone in, and I thought we were very unlucky not to come away with something.”
We think Steven has looked solid at the back for Newcastle in the last four games, and it’s clear that Alan Pardew sees the 24 year-old as one of the important core of players he will be building the side around in the future.
And we were delighted Steven signed his new contract yesterday.