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.