Steven Taylor has talked to the Newcastle press today and he says that since Alan Pardew arrived on Tyneside, the side has gone back to basics.
Fab Coloccini – giving good advice to Steven Taylor
And it seems to have paid off big time, especially with Newcastle’s defending, which is just vastly improved from last season.
And Alan Pardew has been lucky to pick an unchanged defense in every league game so far this season, and we expect that to continue on Saturday.
And that’s in spite of Ryan Taylor’s two mistakes at the Eitihad Stadium, which cost Newcastle the game, since Davide Santon is still busy adjusting to the England game, and the 20 year-old put in stint with the Newcastle Reserves earlier this week.
This is what Steven Taylor said today:
“We have stuck to the basics and done very well. That is all we have done.” “What helps is that you are playing with the same players week in week out.”
“We know what we are good at, and what we are not so good at.” “We have had our good times and we have had our bad times.” “Now they are good times.”
“I think this club is moving forward.” “We have a tight-knit group of players who want to do well and play for each other.”
“That is showing on the pitch, and in and around the dressing room and on the training pitch.” “The atmosphere is fantastic and we are just enjoying playing.”
“I feel I am playing well and I just have to continue that.” “I am playing alongside a very good centre-half in Fabricio Coloccini.” “He is in his prime and is a great leader.”
“Day in day out, I am enjoying training and playing alongside him.” “I am taking the advice he is giving me, which is very important.” “I love learning from someone who has played at the highest level for Argentina.”
“For me, I am just enjoying playing my football.” “It is an honour to play with the lads we now have. It is a fantastic spirit we have here.”
Steven is back to his very best this season, and the 25 year-old has now played 200 times with 13 goals for his home town club.
Steven made his debut as an 18 year old back March of 2004 in the UEFA Cup Fourth Round second leg tie against RCD Mallorca, when he came on as a substitute for Andy O’Brien, and that was when Bobby Robson was the Newcastle manager.
Come to think of it Steven is due a goal from one of those Yohan Cabaye corners, so maybe he’ll get one at Old Trafford on Saturday.