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!!