Ryan Taylor will again be in the center of midfield on Sunday against West Brom, and will again partner Joey Barton.
Ryan Taylor – celebrating first goal with Coloccini and Gutierrez
They must have practiced that for hours and hours on training field 😀
The former Wigan Athletic and Tranmere Rovers player, who has 53 appearances at Newcastle, played a part in both goals last Sunday, and would like to get more games at Newcastle.
The former England U21 player told the local Newcastle press corps today:
“I used to play in the middle when I was growing up.” “It is not an unknown position to me, but it is one I don’t normally get to play in.”“
When called upon, I will always show the gaffer I want to play and give 110%.” “It was a different role. I had a job to do and I had to stick at that job.”
“I had to protect the back four and look after Frank Lampard, which is easier said than done!” “It did not feel as though it was my first game back in a while and I enjoyed it.”
When we saw that Ryan was going to be in central midfield against the might of Chelsea, with Kevin Nolan having had an operation last week and out for the season, we had some trepidation, but the lads fought tooth and nail and gave as good as they got in the great 2-2 draw.
And of course Ryan sent in that 92nd corner, that Nile Ranger headed back across goal in great style for Steven Taylor to brilliantly head home the equalizer.
That was Steven’s second goal in as many games – and of course a yellow card for celebrating too much.
Seems like the referees are just determined to cut out the celebrating after a goal – you can tell they’ve never played the game.
Ryan Taylor has had a very tough season, and we often think this player is way under-rated but of course he’s also had a bad ankle injury that he’s just recovered from, and was unlucky to receive a red card against Bolton in his come-back game where he played out on the right wing in place of Joey Barton.
The 26 year-old continued:
“It is great when you are playing – it is the best feeling ever when you are named in the starting XI.” “To be named in a Newcastle starting XI is always fantastic – it is an honor to play here.”
“I love the place. I don’t care where I play as long as I am called upon.” “There just is no better feeling.”
“I have to do well against West Brom if called upon and come back in pre-season and show the gaffer I want to play week in, week out – simple as that really.”
The game on Sunday against West Brom is important and the lads will no doubt go all out for the win, which will in all likelihood have Newcastle finish in the top half of the season.
That would be a terrific achievement for the Newcastle side this season.