Steven Taylor – Local Lad With The Right Attitude

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.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Rylandhall

    Dec 28, 2010 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Jose Enrique is out for the match at WHL this afternoon with a sore hamstring… real bad news both stopping Lennon and going forward. Think this will really hamper us today. Leaked on his twitter an hour ago… not sure Pardew will be too pleased. Our very own version of Wikileaks!…

    JoseNUFC3: “Sorry lads i have a test this morning and we decide is better dont play if no im in 100×100. Im so hungry because this game is nice to play”… “We dont know yet the formation but sure i dont play. Is my hamstring is so stiff today but next game i can play sure is just 2 or 3days”

    Heard it hear first!..

  • keegan trio

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #2

    bring tamas kadar at lb…then cb pairing be mike and colo..rb will be staylor…simpson need a rest…left winger give to shange ferguson…jonas needs a rest BADLY…
    staylor colo mike kadar
    wayne tiote barton shane

  • Geordos

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Yep – enrique out of game

  • keegan trio

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #4

    give vuckic and shane and tamas a chance..this is the time to utilise the squad…

  • keegan trio

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #5

    bring in kranjcar and one striker…as i think tamas or shane can do the left back job..
    our team will be:
    staylor colo willo enrique
    barton tiote gosling kranjcar
    ben arfa

  • keegan trio

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #6

    seriously..get rid of perch, smith, shola , xisco

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Right attitude – you’re having a laugh aren’t you ed.

  • JSYproject

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #8


    No way should we play a totally inexperienced player instead of Jonas you must be crazy, this is a vital part of the season we need points so we don’t get left behind with the relegation squad as other teams pull away.

    Not sure about the defence at all, maybe tamas as he done well before but seriously doubt he could handle spurs speedy wonders… maybe even Staylor as he has real PL experience… its a real tricky one… maybe even Colo he has great determination… will be interesting to see how pardew handles this one! But as for the rest of the squad…

    Routledge barton tiote Jonas
    Ranger Carroll

    In my opinion

  • JSYproject

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Totally agree rotonda, hope a club comes in with an offer we can’t refuse for Taylor, then we get a great deal for a Scum bag and get some superstar graham Carr signings on the cheap with the money.

  • milburn 77

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #10

    JSYproject, have you watched jonas play lately? he only plays 10 mins a game. he needs to be dropped sooner rather than later

  • JSYproject

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #11

    But not for Ferguson.. no way not when our left side is already weakened with the absence of Enrique. Would leave us possibly tamas and ferguson for a left side, total inexperience.. ugly harry is not a silly man he would exploit it time after time

  • Rotonda heights

    Dec 28, 2010 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #12

    trio is spot on

    You can’t keep playing Jonas regardless

  • goosegog

    Dec 28, 2010 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #13

    tayler has a good attitude on the pitch very commited but not premier league class.willo needs to be back in or we will keep slipping down the league


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