Alan Pardew asked Steven Taylor to take his chance on Saturday, and the local lad did exactly that.
Steven Taylor – had very good game on Saturday
Not only did Steven look solid at the back for Newcastle, but he also scored with a great bullet header from a Joey Barton corner, and as usual after he scored he went crazy.
That was Steven’s 11th goal ever for Newcastle, and it came at a great time for both Steven and the Newcastle side.
The goal put the side 2-0 up against a 10 man Birmingham side, after Liam Ridgewell had been shown a straight red card for deliberate hand ball in the penalty area.
Steven talked to the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I’m absolutely delighted.” “The main thing was to win the game, get safety, and we’ve done that.”
“The goal was something special – it’s been a long time coming! It’s been a frustrating season for me with injuries, so I was just happy to play my part.”
“I had been waiting for an opportunity, and it came along.” “I just want to make the most of these games and help the team.”
“I thought we played very well, back to front, and they couldn’t cope with our passing.” “I said before the game to a couple of people I would score, and I just attacked the header.”
“The delivery from Joey was fantastic, and it was up to me and the rest of the lads to get a head on it and stick it in the back of the net.”
“I think you could tell from the celebration how happy I was.” “At half-time, we were a bit disappointed to have conceded. But in the second half we did what we had to do.”
Steven seems to have his critics with some Newcastle fans, but there’s one thing that’s very clear about Steven Taylor – and that is that he’s completely committed to his home town club.
That cannot be bad.
He had an excellent game on Saturday – and that;s to his enormous credit.