One of the many things we liked about Newcastle’s performance at Stoke City was the way the Newcastle players worked tirelessly to close down the opposition.
Steven Taylor – in that mask of his
They didn’t give the Stoke players much time at all when they got the ball, and it’s very clear the Newcastle players are very fit this season and can seem to run forever.
And Steven Taylor had yet another outstanding game in the heart of the Newcastle defense on Monday night, even though he was wearing his newly fitted mask for the first time, to protect that broken nose.
And Steven Taylor has come out and said that you can compare this Newcastle team to the staying power of a Duracell Bunny, they just keep on going and going.
Newcastle moved into third place in the Premier League and are three points clear of Chelsea, and just one point behind Manchester United after 10 games played, and who would have thought in early November, the lads would be so high up in the league table?
Steven Taylor thinks the work rate of his team mates is one clue to the side’s great success so far this season:
“The players we have got just never stop running. We just keep going. I would compare them to a Duracell battery but I think a Duracell battery would conk out first!”
“The stats show we are all definitely working harder than in previous years. With and without the ball, we get through a lot of work. We try to get the ball back as quickly as possible.”
“Jonas, for example, would have got through about 15km or 16km at Stoke. He was unbelievable.” “He was non-stop, but even in training he has a phenomenal work ethic.”
“And Gabriel on the other wing works extremely hard too, protecting the full-backs then launching attacks.”
“We can’t get carried away.We are a small squad and cannot afford anyone to slip up. In previous years we might have carried a couple – we can’t do that now. Even the lads who come on from the bench get stuck in.”
“That’s the spirit we have.” “Not many teams will go to Stoke and get the result we did. If you look at the stats I think Arsenal were the team who last knocked three goals past them.”
“Even the lads up front were getting battered around but they got up and just got on with it.” “Overall it was a terrific team performance and I hope the fans enjoyed it because we had to work hard.”
“We have got lucky in a couple of games, we will probably be doubted in a few games, but we just have to keep going.”
Newcastle’s resurgence has come as a big surprise to the Newcastle fans but they (we) just love it.
And we have to hope we can wrap up all three points against Everton on Saturday at St. James’ Park, before we start the three game stretch that pits us against Man City away, Man United away and then Chelsea at home.
We’re not sure how many points we can get from those three games, so 3 points on Saturday would be very nice indeed.
And even a point will ensure Newcastle stay in 3rd position in the Premier League after the weekend games are over.