Newcastle’s boss Alan Pardew has drilled and drilled the Newcastle defense on the training field, since the players returned for training on July 1st.
Steven Taylor – not getting carried away
And credit to Alan and the rest of the coaching staff at Newcastle, because the defense is now much improved form last season, and while Coloccini and Steven Taylor, along with new Newcastle number one goalkeeper Krul have been outstanding, Simpson and Ryan Taylor have also done well in the two full-back positions.
Steven had some terrible injuries from January of 2010, which lasted almost 18 months, but he is almost back to his very best now.
This is what Steven Taylor told the local press today:
“The more games I play the more confidence I am getting. I am really enjoying my football at the moment.” “The lads are helping me too.”
“Every day in training is great and it hasn’t been better.” “The gaffer is working very hard with the defense now.” “He’s nailing us every day and he wants it perfect.”
“We aren’t losing games and it is working.” “We don’t want to get hammered from him so we keep it as tight as we can.”
Steven Taylor has been at Newcastle since signing his first contract back in 2003, and of course he grew up in Whitley Bay and was a former ball boy at Newcastle.
There’s growing talk of Newcastle possibly qualifying for Europe with a decent league position come next May, but it seems Alan Pardew has told all his players to keep their feet firmly on the ground.
Even though it has been a remarkable start to the season by Newcastle, nobody at the club are getting carried away, as 25 year-old Steven Taylor continued:
“I don’t think anybody could have predicted this, but we aren’t getting carried away.” “We will just take it one game at a time.”
“But as soon as the Wolves game was over last time out, we went into the international break already looking forward to Tottenham.”
“We can move on. It was important to get that win ahead of the international break.” “Now we face another challenge against Spurs.”
“It’s a game we can win with our own crowd right behind us, and we have to be confident.”
Alan Pardew seems to be very good at keeping everybody at the club just concentrating on the next game, which is what former manager Chris Hughton was very good at too.
Indeed, Pardew has seamlessly taken over the reins from Chris Hughton, after he was sacked last December, and Alan has done extremely well.
We hope that continues, starting with a good display tomorrow afternoon against Tottenham, and hopefully a very good result.