Newcastle were lucky yesterday, but they still showed fortitude and team spirit that eventually got them all 3 points, and you cannot do much better than that.
Steven Taylor – good game yesterday
Alan Pardew talked about the Newcastle defense this season:
“You don’t concede four all season without having people getting blocks in, covering each other, trying to help each other,”
“That’s basically what we had to do there. It was all hands to the pump and we got really nervous but that’s to be expected – we’re a young team.”
“We haven’t got that experience of a Kevin Nolan or Joey Barton who might have stopped or slowed down the game.” “We’re a different team and we need to see games out better than we did.”
“Tim had more work to do than in about three of our games, if I’m honest,” “That’s why you need a good goalie.” “But we have a lot of attributes to our team and we had to show different sides to our game.”
“It could have been a very different game – about half-way through that second half we had two really good chances to get a third goal and then there is no grandstand finish.”
There were some quiet heroes for Newcastle yesterday, and Steven Taylor’s performance will probably go unheralded because of Tim Krul being the Man of the Match with some wonderful goalkeeping.
This lad is looking like he]s becoming a top top goalkeeper at Newcastle, and his feet remain firmly on the ground too.
There were at least three times that Steven Taylor yesterday threw himself into the path of the ball to block a shot, and if Fabio Capello ever sees this game, he will be impressed with the form of the former Enfgland U21 captain.
And Steven doesn’t cringe in the big games, like some of our England stars did last summer in the World Cup.
The defense played well again yesterday, and for all the defending they did in that second half, they still conceded but one goal, but Pardew is right to say they should have seen the game out better than they did.
You could see mistakes being made by young players like Gabriel Obertan, who back heeled the ball a few yards in front of his own penalty just seconds into the second half, and put Tiote in dire trouble.
But Pardew will take the seocnd half and use it as a teaching video – and you don’t back-heel balls in front of your own penalty – you do that kind of thing in the opposing penalty area – will be a message delivered to the 22 year-old Frenchman.
Newcastle have a young side, and they will loose out at times this season, with no longer having experienced players like Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan in the side, and that almost happened yesterday in the second half.
But we still hope to see a steadily improving side this season, and with top players like Ben Arfa, David Santon, Sylvain Marveaux and Dan Gosling (and others) continuing to push for a first team starting position, that will keep everybody on their toes.
Things are looking up at Newcastle United. Fact.