Steven Taylor suffered a broken nose in the second half today.
Steven Taylor – broke his nose today
The nose wouldn’t stop bleeding and Steven had to leave the filed as few times with blood on his face.
Wigan had lost their previous five league games, but they came out and should have been one up after just six minutes.
That’s when Victor Moses should have scored from 12 yards out when he thought he had blasted the ball in the net, but Newcastle’s goalkeeper Tim Krul made a world class save to somehow turn the ball over the bar.
Newcastle were flat in the first half and Wigan were the better side, but Alan Pardew changed things around in the second half, and Ben Arfa came on for Leon Best, and the Frenchman made it a lot easier for the home side.
Ben Arfa looked complete class, and almost scored a few minutes before Yohan Cabaye smashed home a terrific goal to give Newcastle all 3 points.
Steven Taylor had this to say on the Newcastle site after the game:
“In the first-half, Wigan took control of the game and at times we did find it difficult but we stood firm and got through to half-time at 0-0.” “The gaffer expressed a few things that he wanted and we came out second half and, I think, played much better.”
“We got the ball down and played like we have been this season, and in the second half I think we took control of the game and then it was just a matter of time in getting that goal.”
“It was a pure class goal from Yohan Cabaye – what a finish that was – and we deserved that, definitely, for the spirit that came from the team.” “The back four stuck at it today. We were putting blocks in, the keeper pulled off a few saves and you need that.”
“I think it’s important to set the foundations and keep as many clean sheets as we can this season. If we do that, I don’t think we’ll go wrong.”
“My nose just wouldn’t stop bleeding,” The guy’s hand came across my nose and it wouldn’t stop bleeding for ages so eventually they these plug things in.”
“I was coughing out blood because it was difficult to breathe when you’ve got these things blocking your nose.” “It was a crazy one for me – I haven’t experienced that before.”
“But would I have come off? No chance. It was just a broken nose – it’d take more than that for me to come off.
“I was a bit frustrated that the referee kept telling me to get off the pitch because of all the blood coming out. I kept saying ‘it’s not on my shirt’ but I can see my face was covered with blood because it was constantly bleeding.”
“It might put paid to my modelling career now, but hopefully the doctor can sort it out for me.: “But listen, the main thing is we got three points today. People might say we were lucky – but we’ll take that all day.”
Newcastle’s winning goal came from an excellent cross from Ryan Taylor – with his left foot we may add – and Marveaux controlled the ball in great style before he laid it off for Yohan Cabaye, who hit an unstoppable right foot shot beyond Al Habsi in the Wigan goal.
Liverpool could only draw at home to Norwich today, and Newcastle are now 4 points above Liverpool after 9 games played, and Newcastle have a better goal difference.
Newcastle were hardly at their best today, but it’s the sign of a good team that can win when they have an off day.