American Specialist On Tyneside To Fit Steven Taylor’s Mask


There’s been very little real news on Steven Taylor’s broken nose, and whether he will be able to take the field on Monday night at Stoke City.

Steven Taylor – mask being fitted by specialist

And the news today is that Steven could be wearing a mask on Monday night, where he will be badly needed to shore up the Newcastle defense, and the club has had a specialist come over from America to fit the mask for Steven, so that’s good news.

The specialist will remain on Tyneside to ensure all is  OK with the former England U21 captain, who has also had his broken nose reset after Saturday’s game against Wigan.

And whereas Steven should play in his protective mask, Newcastle will leave it late to make a decision on Cheick Tiote’s injured knee, and Danny Guthrie will again deputize at the Britannia Stadium, if the in-form Ivorian doesn’t make the game.

There’s been a lot of work done on Steven’s nose and he has already seen a specialist and had the nose reset – so maybe  his modeling career is not over after all. 😀

Newcastle assistant manager John Carver is doing the interview duties today, and he told the local press about Steven’s status:

“Steven has had a small operation on his nose to set it again.” “He’s getting his mask sorted out and had the specialist come over here from America to make sure everything was OK with it.”

“The advantage of our game being on the Monday is that it’s given us some extra time to recover from Wednesday night.”  “We know it is going to be a battle at Stoke.”

“There are no secrets there and we know about the physical threat the game poses, plus there are the set plays to deal with.”  

“It is a narrow pitch and you could see in their recent European game the difference because the legislation in UEFA games that means you have to play by a set dimension.”

“We went there last season and lost 4-0.” “So we are looking to put that right too.” “Everybody is looking forward to the game and keeping this run going.”

Taylor missed the game on Wednesday evening, and it’s been noticeable that Newcastle have leaked goals in the Carling Cup this season, although all three games went to overtime, but none to penalties.

Wednesday night was the first time Newcastle have conceded four goals, and the last time was at Stoke although Stoke was worse because it was just over the 90 minutes.

Newcastle still have the best defensive record in the football league, and  have conceded only 6 goals in their nine league games so far, being one goal better than Manchester City.

Shola Ameobi wore a protective mask earlier in the year,  after he broke his cheek-bone against Fulham, and Shola went over to America to get the mask fitted. He also took  some time to get used to his mask, and even said it hurt him during the games.

However, Steven Taylor is a warrior,  and we expect him to be in the starting line-up at Stoke City on Monday night, as Newcastle attempt to recover from their first loss of the season, and try to keep piling up those points in the league.

We expect Alan Pardew to go back to the defense that played last Saturday, with Ryan Taylor coming back for 20 year-old Davide Santon at left back.

Alan Pardew will likely help Davide Santon adjust to the extra quickness and physical nature of the Premier League,  by giving him a number of substitute appearances.

The Newcastle defense will need to be at their very best on Monday night, if the lads are to get anything out of this game, and not suffer their second defeat in a  row.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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24 comments so far

  • Dannyo

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #1

    Looking forward to this one. It’s a real battle of styles, and the one who plays their better will come out winners me thinks.
    No draw in this one.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I think I#ll shut up shop here and get back across to Newcastle and make face masks for injured sports people. Seems to be no competition in England.

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    *I#ll = I’ll.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4

    I would be happy with a point – Stoke are a tough side to play and are very tough to break down > HOWEVER, if we play to the best of our ability accross the park i strongly believe we have a good chance of snatching all 3 points on Monday. We have more quality, our defence is strong, Krul is in top form, Cabaye is now amongst the goals, Ba cant stop scoring, Jonas is in the form of his life, and we dont know how to loose. Still unbeaten within 90mins!!!

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #5

    A point is a result there but I don;t want us to turn up there playig or a point.

    If we can go one up and then play keep ball for a bit I’d be happy.

    They are very efficient at closing teams down and are also a physical lot.

    Going to need all of the guile and good movement from Cabaye and Jonas to get us through this one…

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Ollieh > good point mate, i dont think Pardew will send them out playing for a draw. He will no doubt reitterate the fact that we are a better team than Stoke, to get in their faces, play the ball on the ground and try to break them down. Good feeling about this one, if we do manage to get 3points, i think the rest of the teams will start to take notice and we will be alot more feared than we have been since the SBR days of old!

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  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Hope Arsenal win against Chelsea. Then a point will do to put us into 3rd. That should get our team fighting.

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #8

    @ Toon_Tom – Absolutely.

    Was in the pub saying to a few mates yesterday though that the best type of player/team is always one that you underrate.

    Look at Tioté last season and Cabaye this – when nobody knows who you are, they find it very difficult to contain you. Remember Jonas’ debut at Old Trafford?!

    We need to be able to change our game and keep them guessing. 4 – 5 – 1 with Marveaux, HBA, Jonas and Ba as the front men, Cabaye and Guthrie sitting just behind them.

    That allows for creativity with some more stability.

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  • Ollieh51

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Geordie German – We are more likely to finish above Arsenal than Chelsea mate. Would rather Chelsea win so that the rest of us can freely scrap for the 4 – 8 places in the league.

    Otherwise it makes the whole league tighter?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    Ollieh > no Tiote?

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Team for Monday:

    Krul (the conqueror)

    Raylor Saylor Colo Santooon

    Tiote
    Marv/Jonas Marv/Jonas
    Cabaye
    Best
    Ba

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  • Pottz

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #12

    We can’t be any worse than last seasons shambolic performance performance at Stoke….especially as we had Campbell in defence that day!! Just hope Saylor is fit to play.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Pottz > its only a nose-break mate, he’ll be in 🙂

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #14

    saylor will play and I also think tiote will

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  • Dearka

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #15

    Team for Monday:

    Krul

    Raylor Saylor Colo Santon

    Tiote
    Marv/Cabaye/Jonas
    Hba

    Best

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  • markmac

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #16

    going to have to watch out for all the long ball stuff [yawn]
    especially that delap ‘mega throw’ narrow pitch too so will have to be on top form boys…

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  • Pottz

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #17

    Like your line up there Toon Tom…think it’s time for Santon to show us what he can do at LB. Interesting that you’re not including HBA in your starting lineup.

    Think Pardew might be thinking along the same lines leaving him on the bench for this physical contest.

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Dearka > would you not play Demba?

    I wouldnt start HBA, Best and Ba need to start together imo

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  • Toon_Tom

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #19

    Pottz > yeah, this isnt the game to start HBA, he would get targeted by Stoke and hi still backs out from most 50/50 challenges (understandable)
    Bring him on second half to try and change the game a bit and push Stoke deeper to try and pick them apart. But i would definitely go with Best and Ba upfront again!

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  • Pottz

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #20

    Agreed Toon Tom. Ba also has to play…he’s our main source of goals and he has a point to prove to Stoke as they refused to sign him on medical grounds last season.

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  • AshtreeKid

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #21

    has to be ba and best for me HBA not ready for this one and like the way he can influence the game late on from the bench

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  • shearermania

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #22

    we need to match stoke psycically….best and ba up front – play more direct…stoke always bypass the midfield..even man u’s midfield didnt get a lookm in…stoke bombs it up and uses their wingers etherington and pennent all the time……they are scary,,.—ill go as far as to say britania stadium its as daunting as to go to anfield or old trafford…..not many teams get 3 points at the britannia

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  • LGFUAD21

    Oct 28, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #23

    I’ve said it before. But a broken nose is nowt. Will be disappointed if he doesnt play.

    I think Stoke will be the first real challenge of the season for us tbh. And i said that before Tottenham. I had a conversation with a cabbie over the summer just as season was starting and remember him saying that Stoke would be the surprise team this season that will do better than expected.

    I will be happy with a draw but obviously would love a win.

    My team

    Krul
    Simmo Saylor Collo Raylor
    Marveaux Tiote???/Guthrie Cabaye Jonas
    Best Ba

    Guthrie has played a little better this season but im still doubtful that he can last a full 90 minutes. I’d play Simmo over Santon cos i think we need someone with experience with how to deal with Stoke. We could always play Benny for Guthrie but then i worry we will lack defensively and also would you want to risk Benny against Stokes brutality.

    What confuses me is that Pardew keeps saying in interviews about how players are doing well in training but not making the bench. He even pointed out Smith but he wasnt even on the bench other night. Why not consider him to take over for Tiote/Guthrie

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  • LEROI

    Oct 28, 2011 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylor might get to wear a black n white hockey mask! Well it is halloween on monday ha ha! Crouch already looks like he’s got bolts in his neck and huth looks a bit like freddy kruger already lol!

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