Steven Taylor Now Back To His Very Best For Newcastle


One of the reasons that Newcastle have been so impressive this season so far,  is that Steven Taylor seems to be back to his very best form for Newcastle.

Steven Taylor and Coloccini – celebrating great win at Wolves

Steven had a very hard time of things from January 2010, when he was injured in the game against West Brom, and he struggled with injuries and lack of form until Mike Williamson broke his arm in (combat) training in April.

That’s when Steven got his chance in the Newcastle first team, and he’s never looked back since then, and in the last three games of last season he scored a goal in each of those games from a set piece.

And Steven also showed good form  this season and has formed a great partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini at the back, and when Mike Williamson returns from injury in a few weeks time, it will be tough for him to get back into the first team, with Steven in this kind of form.

But Mike is also a very good player who improved last season in the Premier League, and he will no doubt be pushing Steven for that starting center-back position alongside the Newcastle captain when he returns.

Alan Pardew wanted a win at Wolves to keep up Newcastle’s astonishingly good  start to this season, and Steven says the players really wanted all 3 points at Molineaux:

“I think a lot of people would have accepted a draw before the game.” “But for myself, and having spoken to the rest of the lads we needed the win.”

“We have a difficult month coming up in November.” “So for us to come here and win is great.” “Newcastle have been here many times without winning and we knew it would be difficult again.”

“I don’t think many will go to Wolves and win there this season.” “It’s a narrow pitch. It’s a bit like Queens Park Rangers so it was great for us to take the win this time.”

“When you are 2-0 up it means they have to come at us and try to score goals. We just had to keep it professional.”

Steven was great against Wolves, and was throwing himself into the path of the ball to black shots, which he did at least 3 times on Saturday, and Steven seems to be in the best form of his life, and it’s obvious he’s very happy at his home town club right now.

Steven talked about the blocks he made in the game,  in which the Greenwich born defender was brave and courageous in the black and white stripes of Newcastle:

“No matter how much it hurts me I will do that. I think the fans who travel to these games realise they aren’t always pretty games.”

Steven also talked about the penalty he almost gave away late in the first half,  when he seemed to foul Jamie O’Hara just inside the penalty box:

”It could have been a penalty but things went for us and we’ll take that.”  “And in injury time it seemed a perfectly fine goal for them but we can do nothing about that.”

Newcastle fans will be getting just a little tired of all the talk about how Wolves should have at least drawn, and all that stuff, but clubs have their ups and downs with luck throughout each season, and basically you just have to get on  with things – just like in life.

And next up is a plum game, with Tottenham Hotspur  visiting St. James’ Park in a couple of weeks,  after the International break.

That should be some game, and we’ll need Steven Taylor again in his best form, if we are to get anything out of that game.

For the record,  Steven Taylor has now played 195 times for Newcastle with 13 goals, and he made 29 appearances for the England U21 side with 4 goals.

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5 comments so far

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 3, 2011 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #1

    We have started even better than our 2001/2002 year after 7 games we had taken 11 points and that year we finished 4th!!

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  • Toon Tang

    Oct 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    why is there so much black on our shirts . they look more black than black and white now.

    bring back the newci brown star and proper black and white stripe tops!!

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  • Toon-Barmy

    Oct 3, 2011 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I have to agree that Steven Taylor is in top form but the whole defense deserves real credit, we have the best defensive record in the premiership, only 4 goals conceded after 7 games, pretty impressive!

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  • NEWEXPATMAGPIE

    Oct 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully he can stay fit!… ……..And try not to make too many rash challenges inside the box like on Saturday!

    Our good defensive start is not only down to him tho!
    With Collo and the Dutch national keeper, with a tactical buy ( good striker ) we could do a lot better and that is a surprise to everyone else in the league !

    Could come down with a bump against the Spuds next tho-but!

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  • mikeashleyisamackem

    Oct 3, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #5

    we ve gotta sit against spurs with tiote n cabaye we need them to run a half marathon , i would play santon rw so he can help simpson with bale ,stick with raylor at lb ,obertan needs to learn n defend a bit b4 i would introduce him i actually think he d be better striker ,jonas would play ,benafa n ameobi upfront

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