Steven Taylor Thinks We Should Have Won – So Do We

Steven Taylor got his first run-out since the hammering of West Ham 5-0 in January, when he came on after 67 minutes last Saturday against Bolton.

Steven Taylor – a nice looking back-handed left hook on Martin Petrov

Steven had recovered from his hamstring injury, and came on at right back in a three man back-line as Alan Pardew went to a 3-4-2 attacking formation with his 10 men.

And that was great to see from the Newcastle manager, who seems to quickly be gaining some friends on Tyneside, with his positive thinking and attacking approach to the game.

He’s certainly been a big and positive surprise to most of the fans, and that’s got to be good. 😀

None of this hanging on for a draw, like some Premier teams would have done in similar circumstances, but it seems like a new attitude at Newcastle, we will try to win every single game, even when we are down to 10 men.

Fortune always favors the brave, and this kind of thinking should garner us some additional points in the final 10 league games of the season. Of course we need to improve on the rotten luck the lads have had for most of the season.

Steven Taylor thought Newcastle should have won the game on Saturday , as he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“In the first 35 minutes we had some great chances.” “I thought we did very well, and controlled the game.”   “That goal before half-time was a kick in the teeth.”

“It was a big miss to lose Joey before the game, and then Ryan for the sending off.” “He genuinely went for the ball. That was a setback, but I still thought with 10 men we could get a goal.”

“It was great for myself to get on the pitch.” “I got the chance to go forward a few times – and I didn’t think we were caused too many problems.” “With Jose going up our left, he was causing all sorts of problems, and they didn’t want to defend against him.”

“Leon Best was causing problems in the air. He should have had a penalty.” “But we’ve got to move on, and the next game’s at home to Everton. We’ll look forward to that.”

“It was good to be back out there and playing again in a black and white top.” “We’ve got to get three points there, but if we play like we did in the first half, I honestly think we’ll be fine.”

Steven looked solid when he came on, and we have a sneaking suspicion that Alan Pardew will try to get him into that starting back four for the game against Everton, to utilize his vast Premier League experience.

Steven has 181 appearances for Newcastle United with 10 goals, and of those,  140  have been in the Premier League.

Newcastle were by far the better side in that first 35 minutes, as Steven says, and one of these days we are going to take those chances early in the game, like we did against  West Ham and Aston Villa and hammer a side.

In both those games which we won 5-0 and 6-0 respectively (great for our goal difference by the way which could be worth an extra few places in the league table) we were 3-0 up at the break, but kept playing and added to the score in the second half.

Maybe that will come against the lesser sides like Birmingham, Wolves and WBA, which are three sides who still have to visit the famous St. James’ Park, and we’re sure the lads will be more than ready for them.

Things are looking good at Newcastle right now, and are a far cry from what they were only a very short 20 months ago, when we looked down and almost out.

Howay The Lads!!

Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • free giveaways

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Don’t know if Taylor should get into the starting 11 tbh. I certainly wouldn’t leave out Williamson, his partnership with Collo is really good.

    Really looking forward to seeing Ireland against Everton.

  • kakaobi

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #2

    You have to give credit to Pardew after the sending off we were under the cosh but his subs worked perfect and turned the game back in our favour, unlucky not to win and a good game.

  • max

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #3

    i’m glad if he play as a right back..

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #4

    Saylor has to be played at RB! I am desperately waiting to see a back 4 of:


    We would have great width in the team as both Saylor and Enrique just love to get forward and they do a good job at it too.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #5

    But Danny Simpson has been superb recently. He’s a natural rb and I think it will knock his confidence if he’s left out for Taylor.

    SSN are reporting we’re interested in Bradley Johnson from Leeds, don’t see where he’d play in our team.,19528,11701_6786294,00.html?

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #6

    Yeahhh Simpson has been playing well, but maybe replacing him with Saylor would make himself try even harder to improve and get into the team again. He needs the competition as well, as right now he has none. I still think Saylor is a better RB than Simpson even though it’s not Saylor’s natural position. It’s just that every time Saylor plays he gets up the pitch really well and nearly scores every now and then. Instead of having Saylor bomb forward and leaving a gaping hole in the centre of our defense, at RB he would have that freedom. If I were Pardew I would tell Simpson, “Danny sorry to leave you out after you have been playing really well lately but I want to try something different with Saylor, and he did show glimpses of what he’s capable of when he came on”.

  • lewman

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #7

    agree fg, simpson has played brilliantly recently and does not deserve to lose a place to a cb. i would play taylor against teams with little fast and agile strikers and williamson against the likes of stoke, man u et al.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    TBH I didn’t even realize Simpson was on the pitch all match against Bolton. The commentators didn’t mention his name a single time. He was hardly on the ball. I don’t know if that was down to good team defending and our attacking play or that he had a poor game. The moment Saylor came on he was running up and down the pitch and getting on the ball and even made a cross that Ranger was unlucky not to capitalize on.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 28, 2011 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #9

    Lewman, here’s the Rooney elbow. I Haven’t seen Shearer do anything like this.

  • BiffBaffBoff

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #10

    I dont want to be slating on Danny Simpson, because hes been great at right back… but to me he seems to either lack confidence and/or technical ability to make a run forward and deliver a ball in, last season him and routledge in the 2nd half of the season were bombing forward all game so I think its a confidence issue, he just doesnt look comfortable when running with the ball. Steven Taylor made 2-3 good runs with the ball and looked much more comfortable on the right side but I dont think Simpson deserves to lose his place, hes been great for 2 seasons now and it showed how much we missed him at the start of the season when Perch was found wanting in some of those opening games.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #11

    Freegiveaways – OMG – I have just seen the Rooney video! Fu##ing shocking!!! He had every intent on going for his face as the ball was on the ground and at least 8 yards away from him. A disgrace by the FA if this goes unpunished. It really makes me sick all this favoritism for the ‘Big 4’. How is any other team going to compete with them if their star players aren’t punished when they should be and are consistently protected by The FA!!??

    I Fu##ing Hate Man U !!!!!!! AAAAAARRRRRRRGGGGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #12

    PS…NO WAY did the great Shearer do anything like that in his career. Seriously Shearer only ever got 1 Red Card in his whole career!!! LOL If he elbowed someone he was at least challenging for the ball not like this cu#t Rooney who is nowhere near the ball!

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #13

    How about this line up 3-5-2


    —–S Taylor—Williamson—Collo

    Simpson–Tiote—Nolan —Ireland (if Barton Unfit–Enrique.

    Best —Loven

  • ToonAndy

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Team for Everton has to be ….






    Looks pretty solid to me!… Bringing Ranger on for Best with 25 mins to go and Possibly Kuqi for Ameobi with 15 mins left with Ameobi not being 100% fit 🙂

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #15

    Either way it’s good to know Newcastle now have quality options that are determined to put a good shift in 🙂 I just can’t wait for Ben Arfa to be in the mix. We need a prolific striker to come in or someone in the mould of Gervinho.

  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #16

    I wouldn’t mind seeing another 3-2-3-2 formation with a backline of Saylor, Willo, Collo with Danny and Jose working as wingbacks (what we did after Raylor got sent off).

    Would be very interesting to see.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #17

    Thump – Yup that was interesting to see. Credit must go to Pardew as he clearly went for the win even with 10 men. I am really starting to like the guy. His subs were baffling at first but spot on in the end. It was things like these that Mr Hughton was lacking in. I think Enrique could even play as a LW but let’s not mess things up as Pardew is doing very well as it is. Thump I think he will only utilize that formation again if it were the worst case scenario like Bolton again.

  • free giveaways

    Feb 28, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    But if we played a 3 5 2 it would mean leaving Jonas out and I think his partnership with Enrique has been vital to our recent results. Jose was man of the match against Blackburn and Jonas was against Birmingham and I thought they both played well against Bolton.

    I actually think that the Jose Jonas partnership is the strongest part of our team.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #19

    Freegiveaways – You’re right it is the strongest part of our team, that and our central midfield. Did you notice how many times we played from the left against Bolton? Our right side was non-existent. We should be weary of not being too predictable. Hopefully the inclusion of Ireland will change that as his performance will be unpredictable because no one has seen him play in black n white before. I think Ireland will prove to be a major success if can stay clear from injuries. Now add the magical Ben Arfa in the mix and we have a tremendous team. Our striking department is what is falling behind.

  • JP...from The Rock

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #20

    I would love to see Ranger start up front with Best from now until summer but I think Pardew will only start Ranger if he scores from the bench-which in fairness he has done but been very unfortunate to be marginally offside.

  • supermacnumber9

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #21

    these are really +ve, informative and interesting posts – well done lads, I’ve enjoyed a good read
    – much better than the -ve stuff of a few weeks ago
    – and thats after only a draw, it shows how far we have come

  • The Power Ranger

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #22

    How did Rooney get away with that?????????
    I think Barton would be banned for life if he did that!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Lee Dodd

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #23

    Good To See Players Coming Back Like Steven Taylor and Steven Ireland . Cant See Shola Being Much Cop for the Everton With His Dodgey Boat ?? Maybe as Sub and Bring Ranger on at The start !!!! Can see Everton Getting a Right Tonkin !!!!!


    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #24


    This is the interview with Keegan… wor Kev on Gabby’s show today

    Great Interview.

    He says that Pardew will not get any of the £35 million at all ! nothing to spend in the summer according to Kev

    He is saying this to put pressure on Ashley to spend,

    Still doing a job for us Kevin , pressure’s on Ashley !…. Thankyou.

    KK consortium with the Sultan of Brunai

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #25

    What about ROONEY`S challenge?
    Didn`t Willo get a 3 match ban for less?
    Disgraceful letting him off and lets seee next weekend when someting similar happens.
    Consistency my arse

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #26

    If Birmingham Can Do It…Why Cant we?

  • tdt

    Feb 28, 2011 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #27

    FA is suckin off man u as per usual, what a suprise.

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #28

    Can’t believe rooney got off…

  • spanishtoon

    Feb 28, 2011 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Tiote signing new contract doesnt really matter

  • lewman

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #32

    fg, yeah your right shearer never did anything like that. i was expecting a header attempt with an elbow from rooney, not an off the ball incident.

  • woodsee

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #33

    JP from the rock,comment 12
    Try telling Neil Lennon that Shearer was never dirty,and yes i am a Newcastle fan,and i was also at filbert street the night he mistook Lennons head for a ginger football.

  • lewman

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #34

    spanish toon, that is the opinion of some guy called robbie and for all we know tiote could be as dedicated as collo or harps

  • Thump

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #35


    Yeah, it’s difficult to defend but I highly doubt Shearer thought “Right, I’m going to kick this b*st*rd in the head.”

  • pearceet

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #36

    The reason the FA didn’t punish Rooney is because the ref said he “saw” it, he gave a free kick. Anything that the ref sees on the pitch can’t then be re-reviewed by the FA. It is a joke but I’m afraid that’s the rules

  • woodsee

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #37

    Thats what he did though thump,and he was protected by the FA just the same,mainly because he was England captain at the time.


    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #38

    ONLINE GUY bore off .. we are flying and all the people that slagged MA will eventually admit it … anyone who still complains about him is being narrow minded and blinkered .. the way Keegan wanted it was the way he could have it in the 1990’s, today is different environment which calls for a different strategy …. move on mate, its 2011

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #39

    hi as much as it hurts to say it cause the way we played football under keegan was what made me and thousands of others around the globe fall in love with this club ive just been reading online guy who im convinced is a woman actually was saying bout kk in my opinion we are still recovering from his crazy spending lack of intrest in the reserves and a total disregard for the academy kk wasnt worried bout how we were run from the top and i seem to remember he walked out on us twice and seemed perfectly willing to bankrupt the club when we were on our knees in that compensation case they were good times but hes gone down in my estimation wat down i know ill be slaughtered by everyone for this but thats my opinion.

  • dublin mag steve

    Feb 28, 2011 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #40

    “well down” typo


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