Newcastle can still boast the best defense of any team in the football league at the moment, having conceded just four goals in the league this season, in their seven games.
Steven Taylor – it’s all about team spirit
And part of that is due to the form of 25 year-old Steven Taylor, who is forging a massive partnership with captain Fabricio Coloccini at the heart of the Newcastle defense.
But the news at Newcastle these days, is that the team has some fantastic team spirit, and that’s another big reason for Newcastle’s solid start to the season, at least so far.
Steven was asked what the reason was for Newcastle’s fine start to the season, and he told Sky Sports News:
“It is just team spirit and determination. The gaffer has built up a winning mentality with the lads.”
“In pre-season in America we all sat down and knew what our targets were, but for the time being we are taking it a game at a time and it is working for us.”
“It is fantastic playing with Coloccini. He leads by example and I think his performances have been fantastic this season,” ”Also Tim Krul some of the saves he has made – that’s why he is in the Holland squad.”
“His confidence has gone straight through the roof and that has gone all the way to the strikers. Leon Best, Demba Ba, SholaAmeobi and Peter Lovenkrands are scoring goals and it gives the gaffer a headache and I think that’s what you need.”
The pre-season tour of America was not that successful, with Ben Arfa being injured in that very first game after only 30 minutes, but if course the lads were also just getting to know each other.
But the team has looked very good so far this season, and while we doubt we can keep in 4th place for too much longer, if the lads can get in a top eight position by next May, it will have been a very good season for Newcastle.
And who knows, with just a little bit of luck, we may even be able to qualify for Europe next season, and finishing high up in the league will let us do that, and of course there’s always the Carling Cup.
That’s how a poor Birmingham side qualified last season, and the club is now in Europe, even though they are in the English second division, the Championship, under new manager Chris Hughton.
There’s also the FA Cup, but the top clubs tend to play their first teams in that competition, and that makes it that much more difficult to win – spoilsports.