Ryan Taylor had his worst game for Newcastle since he was taken to the cleaners by Shaun Wright-Phillips at QPR early in the season.
Micah Richards rifles home the second goal for Man City
But Ryan’s overall play since the QPR game has improved dramatically, but on Saturday he was responsible for Manchester City’s two goals in three minutes just before half time, with two uncharacteristic errors.
First of all he gave away the penalty by handling the ball, and Mario Balotelli converted the spot kick so easily, and then he should have done better when he allowed himself to be dispossessed in the penalty area by the rather impressive Micah Richards.
Richards had a good game, and all in one movement he dispossessed the Newcastle left back and fired the ball into the net past helpless goalkeeper Tim Krul.
Alan Pardew seems a happy man today, and he says he has no fears about going to Old Trafford on Saturday, and like the good man-manager he undoubtedly is, he has defended Ryan Taylor today:
“I have no fear going to Manchester United after seeing that, “
“We are still in a great position and we will have some key players back in Tiote and Obertan. That will help.”
“Ryan is a hero at our place this year, an absolute hero,’ ‘What happened was unfortunate.”
Pardew expects the Newcastle side to continue their good form of the first 11 games throughout the season, although a few fans may be wondering if it’s all been a bit of a flash in the pan.
But don’t tell that to Pardew, who will want an instant response from his side at Old Trafford on Saturday, and there’s a chance our boys can even take something out of the game.
It’s an open question as to whether the Newcastle manager will give 20 year-old Davide Santon his first start in the Premier League on Saturday, but we somehow think he will stick with Ryan, at least for the next game and see how he reacts to his adversity.
And Alan Pardew is talking above about the three great goals Ryan Taylor has rifled in for Newcastle this year, and he’s a much improved player, who is playing out of position at left back – that’s all very true.
But Manchester United also have some excellent wingers in Nani, Valencia, Young, Park and Giggs to name a few, so the two Newcastle full-backs will have their work cut out for them at Old Trafford, whoever they are.