Determination And Spirit Clear In The Dressing Room

The Newcastle defense again held out well on Saturday, especially in that first half, for their second clean sheet in a row.

The Taylors – Ryan congratulated by Steven after scoring

Good teams can stand up to the pressure which Newcastle endured almost continually during that first half, but with captain Fabricio Coloccini again supreme at the back for the Magpies,  Newcastle held on.

And when half time came and Sunderland hadn’t made the break-through, many Newcastle fans would have thought (hoped) the lads were still in with a decent chance.

And so it proved to be,  as Alan Pardew made the needed changes to the structure of the side, and Newcastle started to get the upper hand.

And of course it was a classic Ryan Taylor free-kick  that floated beautifully into the top left hand corner of Mignolet’s goal, that  gave Newcastle all 3 points.

Fans had wondered about the team spirit and the grit in this new Newcastle side before the game, but the lads proved on Saturday they can fight it out with the best of them, and that includes Sunderland.

Steven Taylor had another solid game alongside Coloccini, and only just failed to get his head onto Ryan’s free kick, but the ball lodged into the back of the net anyway, and the Newcastle players and fans erupted.

This is what Steven told the local Newcastle press after the game on Saturday:

“There is still a lot of spirit within this club,” “We have a small squad, but we stick together. We’re very closely knit and we’ll enjoy this result as a team.”

“In the past, that hasn’t always been the case, but we’re very close and we’ll enjoy this together. It’s going to be a fantastic night for us, just like it’s going to be for everyone in the city.

“The determination and the spirit was clear in the dressing-room beforehand. The lads knew what it was all about. If the French lads were in any doubt about what this game meant, I’m pretty sure it was knocked out of them in the warm-up. They knew what they were letting themselves in for.”

“I’ve had a few of these now and they’re still as enjoyable,” “There’s nothing better than beating Sunderland. I love playing in these games and they’re even better when you win.”

“I know what it means. It means as much to me as it does to the fans, that’s why before the game I made a point of running over to them – to make sure we were all getting into it together.”

“We know how to handle ourselves in this kind of game. We have players who know how to fight. We probably couldn’t have played any worse than we did in the first half, but they couldn’t score.”

“So we said at half-time, ‘Right, now it’s our turn to play’. We wanted to settle their crowd and we did. We got more of the ball to our attacking players and that made a difference.”

It was a very similar game to the Arsenal game the week before, with Newcastle clearly second best in that first half.

But the lads again turned it around, and gave Newcastle an unlikely victory, given that first half performance, and it’s just what the club needed to do for the fans.

Now to get at least two top players in before a week on Thursday, and we’ll be in good shape.

Howay The Lads!!

22 comments so far

  • panzer attack 912

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1


  • BigKirky

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #2

    @lee_ryder: Dutch sources say #nufc will not offer more than 5m Euros for Pieters, #psv want 7m Euros

    its torture this!!!!! Ridiculous.

  • panzer attack 912

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    hey anyone heard bout diego forlan being unsettled 5mil and xisco?

  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #4

    We done need Diego Forlan. Waste of money. Doubt he wants to come back to the epl.

    Check this out

    Good Read.

    Heard somewhere Pieters has a 7mill release clause.

  • richard

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    id pull me hair out if i had any. trying to be patient i dont think even newcastle are that daft not to get striker and left back in

  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Claims pieters has a 6million Release clause.

  • ~Obertoon~

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #7
  • drongo

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    If someone had offerd me 4 points from those first 2 games at the start of the summer Id have bitten their arm off.
    Hope there is no complacency now from either the lads in terms of their work ethic, or from the board in terms of getting the extra bodies over the line.
    Could probably do without this Scunny game midweek in my opinion, dont have the numbers for it just yet, altyhough Im assuming we’ll see starts for Gosling, Vukic, Best and the Loverman – maybe Marveaux?

  • dave 1961

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    team spirit is good for now but we all know we need at least 2 players, if Ashley thinks he can bluff his way through this he is wrong we need to convince the missing 6,000 that they should return, otherwise next season we will loose another 6,000, and the anti Ashley backlash will hit as soon as the rest of the teams realise we have no left back or goalscorer,we might just squeeze the Europa league with the two needed players.

  • geoff777

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10

    Valencia now have money from the Mata sale, fingers-crossed they don’t step up their interest in Colo.

  • Stuart

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #11

    Never a nice thought that like geoff! I hope they dont, we need Colo like!

  • Indian Magpie

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #12

    we have wasted 2 million euros on scouting trips signed freebies and now will offer 5 million euros for pieters not 7

    Or we will have bridge.

    Let me tell u if bridge comes in the spirit will really go out of the window

  • geoff777

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #13


    I don’t like the last days of the windows … it’s never good news for the fans.

  • ichrisho

    Aug 22, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #14

    I think the idea is to get Pieters in as a CB plus LB backup for Cissokho. Maiga will be in by next Friday I reckon too. 3 players in and one out which will be Ranger… Toon is looking up!! 🙂

  • Stuart

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #15

    Indian Mag, the spirit wouldnt go anywhere even if we signed bloody Kuqi to play LB.

    Alot of fans seem to forget these players are professionals and do a job. They also want to constantly play at their best to attract other clubs.

    Having an experienced LB like Bridge, who we all agree isnt the best option, still wouldnt do the team any harm.

    Plus it means we might see Frankie from the saturdays in St James, that will definately lift team spirit!

  • BigKirky

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #16

    I heard about the release clause too. If that’s the case, then its simple, offer the release clause we get the player. Why on earth the delays. If the release clause is 7m I dunno why hes offering £5m. Ashley should be thankful that he’s saving about £15k a week having Pieters in and not Jose.

    Its so frustrating for the fans. Just hope we can get get em in and that Ryder hasn’t got the full facts, just a smokescreen for the club to get the deal done.

  • geoff777

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #17


    I like your thinking … but I don’t think Mr Ashley will pay out for two defenders.

    Maiga may not be possible, the Sochaux chairman seems determined to keep him, I think his strike hasn’t gone down well.

  • bazrazmataz

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #18


    That article is 9 days out of date , if we had met the clause he would have been here by now.

  • pardew no 1

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #19

    dont believe this i few years ago ashely was wasting money on micheal owen for 17 million now he wont spend 7 just retarded

  • ichrisho

    Aug 22, 2011 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #20

    @Geoff777 – I think you know what? He might do it… after the sunderland match – anything that makes NUFC a more impressive investment (i.e. Winning) he will do it… AP deserves his chance to have the players in he wants. I just think that with both in the door and Maiga (or Maynard) we might have a good looking squad – nevermind mackem killing team… 🙂

  • BigKirky

    Aug 22, 2011 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #21

    It was Freddy that signed Owen mate, not Ashley.

  • toonarmy21

    Aug 22, 2011 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #22

    Lee Ryder said Carr was at Coventry v watford does anyone know who he was watching


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