It was good to see Steven Taylor have a decent game alongside captain Fabricio Coloccini against Arsenal last Saturday afternoon.
Steven Taylor – local lad cannot wait for the game
In our poll for Man of the Match against Arsenal, Coloccini got 45% of the vote, Joey Barton 18%, Steven Taylor 11% and Gabriel Obertan a good 8%, as the new boy impressed in the second half.
Newcastle did very well in the two derby games last season, hammering and humiliating Sunderland 5-1 at St. James’ Park, and then allowing Sunderland to equalize in the third minute of injury time at the Stadium of Light in a 1-1 draw.
The pressure has to be on Sunderland for tomorrow’s game, and local lad Steven Taylor is of course looking forward to the game, which has an early noon time kick off tomorrow.
This is what Steven told the local Newcastle press today:
“There is no getting away from the build-up to a derby.” “Players might not realize what it is like when they come to Newcastle, but this is what it is all about.”
“It is an amazing feeling to win one of these games.” “It is fantastic for us as players, but also everyone in the city and we have to make them all proud.”
“Playing in a derby is the best feeling, especially if you come off the pitch having taken all three points.” “For me, the pressure’s on Sunderland after the result at St James’ Park last year.”
“It is their first home game of the season and their fans are going to expect a lot, especially from their new signings.” “All we can do is give it our all, and get a positive result.”
“Hopefully, that will happen tomorrow.” “The atmosphere will be very hostile and intense, it is probably one of the best to play in away from home.”
It promises to be a normal derby game tomorrow, full of passion and fury, and we have to hope that our new players know all about how important this game is to Newcastle fans and the City in general.
Taylor missed the now famous 5-1 hammering of Sunderland last season at St. James’ Park, but he will be one of Newcastle’s key player tomorrow.
Alan Pardew has also worked hard in pre-season on improving the Newcastle defense, and Steven has ousted Mike Williamson from the team, at least at the start of the season.
“I was devastated to miss the game at the Stadium of Light, and I was on the bench for the game at St James’ Park.”
“I want to see our fans with smiles on their faces at the end of the game and singing all the way back to Newcastle.”
“My best derby memory is the 3-2 win at St James’s Park when Emre score that free-kick.” “It was a special one for me.”
“It has been the same type as week as Arsenal.” “It is about concentrating on us and nothing else.” “We can’t wait for the game.”
“It was difficult against Arsenal – they are a very good passing side and they moved the ball so well.” “In the second half we put a bit more pressure on them.”
“We had to stop them from going forward first and then help out Shola.” “He did a fantastic job battling away up there by himself.”
“We have worked very hard this pre-season defensively, and we have to keep that up tomorrow.”
“We have to concentrate on it like we would do for any other game, and you cannot let the occasion get to you.”
Newcastle fans have had a little bit of a frustrating week, with no new players coming into the club, so it’s a great time for the lads to put big smiles on the faces of Newcastle fans around the world.
And maybe we’ll get a goal from Steven Taylor on one of the set plays, we certainly hope so.
Newcastle fans will have big smiles on their faces if the lads can get a win at Sunderland tomorrow, that’s all it will take, easy isn’t it?
Howay The Lads!!