Newcastle’s two best performers this season have probably been captain Fabricio Coloccini and his central defensive partner Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – we deserve to be 4th
Steven is at last looking a bit like hios old self when he was a most promising player, and played 29 times for the England U21 side and ended up captaining the side.
Steven is now approaching 200 total appearances for Newcastle (198 and counting) and he’s scored 13 goals for the Magpies, but none this season – yet.
It was obvious when Alan Pardew came on board that he was already a big fan of the 25 year-old and indeed along with Cheick Tiote he persuaded the Board to sign the players to long term contracts to keep them at Newcastle,
Steven, like the rest of us, is delighted with the great start to the season by the side, even if the results have been better than the performances, but there;s a certain doggedness about this Newcastle team and they never give up.
Steven believes Newcastle are in 4th place on merit, and he had this to say today:
“Confidence and team spirit has got us another good result,”
“We are getting stronger and deserve to be where we are. Now we have to keep it going.
One thing we are delighted with this season, is the very good team spirit after some key and important players left the side in the summer.
And it’s good to see the way the lads have picked up points, when they have often been nowhere near their best.
In all five games this season Newcastle have been second best, at least in the first half, but have battled back well in the last 45 minutes to pick up their 8 points from just 4 games, and somehow get through that Carling Cup tie at Scunthorpe United in extra time.
One way of looking at it is the lads have not played well but have done great, so just wait until they start playing well!
Good teams find a way to win (or draw), when all seems lost, and everything seemed lost in that first half on Monday night, that’s for sure, when we were completely outplayed.
We’ll definitely take the start Newcastle have made this season, and concentrate on the positives, while hoping we improve our attacking play.