Steven Taylor has come out today and said the team spirit at Newcastle is the best he’s ever known, since he joined Newcastle back in 2001 as a striker – and now you know why he loves to score for Newcastle.
Steven Taylor – team spirit just great
Newcastle are in quite good form at the moment, and the lads have lost just one game this year in the league, although we’ve only won three and drawn five, and we’ve forgotten all about that game at Stevenage.
But a win tomorrow should see the team climb up from our current position of 9th – which we’d have taken in a New York minute last summer, and the Everton game is also being televised live around the world tomorrow.
Chris Hughton was prominent in building up the team spirit to its current level, but Alan Pardew was also smart enough when he came on board last December, to make sure he did nothing to dampen it.
And Alan has conducted himself very well as Newcastle manager so far, and seems determined to build a good side for the fans come the summer.
Steven, who was born in Greenwich in 1986, and then moved with his Geordie parents to Whitley Bay when he was just weeks old, talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve played together for a good few years, and it’s a settled team now.” “The team spirit’s up there with the best times I’ve had at Newcastle.”
“There’s a great bunch in there now.” “You just have to look on the pitch – everyone wants to be here.”
“The lads all want to play for this football club, and that means more than anything. We can’t complain on that score.”
Steven’s namesake Ryan Taylor will miss the next three games after being sent off last week, which dented Newcastle’s chances of a win against Bolton.
Although Alan Pardew still went for a win in those last 25 minutes, and that was great to see from a Newcastle manager, and a little different from the way big Sam used to have Newcastle play the game.
For tomorrow’s game, both Joey Barton and Stephen Ireland still seem doubtful with their minor injuries.
“We’re taking the game to any team that comes here.” “No matter who comes here, we fancy ourselves against anybody.”
“We can turn on the heat, especially in the second half.” “We’ve caused problems for every team that has come here.”
“In previous seasons, maybe we’ve been a bit too negative.” “It’s a different Newcastle style, and I think it’s working for us.”
“There’s great character in the dressing room, and the players know each other’s positions well.”
The 25 year-old 6’2″ central defender, who can also play at right back, already has 181 appearances for the Magpies with 10 goals, but he may still find himself on the bench for tomorrow’s game.
Coloccini and Williamson will probably be given the nod by Pardew in central defense, after playing so well in these last few games.
Of course Steven signed himself up at Newcastle through the summer of 2015, and is just dying to make a contribution to the Newcastle side, who of course he supported as a boy and was also a ball-boy at the club, during the first Kevin Keegan reign on Tyneside.