Ryan Taylor The Best In Premier League At Dead Ball Situations


Newcastle strolled through the game tonight in Athens, Greece, but there again we didn’t expect the lads to be rushing around with the temperature in the 80s, and they had to maintain their energy for the whole 90 minutes, and although there were a few careless mistakes made at the back, Alan Pardew seems well satisfied with both the performance the the result, although he admits Newcastle had chances to win the game in that second half.

Ryan Taylor being congratulated after scoring direct from a free kick

Gael Bigirimana, Romain Amalfitano and young Adam Campbell all made their first team debuts in the game,  and 17 year-old Campbell became the youngest player ever to play in Europe for the Magpies.

And the North Shields lad’s energy and speed after he came on,  suggests that he could be an excellent impact sub for Newcastle in the Premier League this season, and he could well make his break-through for Newcastle very soon, even though he is still very young.

Alan Pardew had this to say after the game tonight;

“When we trained here on Wednesday night,  Ryan Taylor hit three or four better than the one he scored with.”  “I should think in the Premier League, there are not too many players at dead balls who have the accuracy of Ryan.”

“He is desperate to play in the first team, but he has got some good performances from Saturday’s game against Tottenham in front of him, so he has got to be patient.”  “When he gets his chance, what more can he do? He played very well – and hopefully there are a few more of those, please.”

“Our pre-season prep, you could argue, served us well tonight because they let us have possession for long periods of the game, and we moved the ball and made them work really hard and took the sting out of the game a little bit.”

“In the second half, I was a little bit disappointed we didn’t get the win – I thought there were good opportunities – but overall, I was very, very pleased with the performance.”  “Atromitos have shown us tonight that it’s not going to be a pushover and it’s not going to be a foregone conclusion.”

“So we have got to be right and we have got to make sure that the team is strong enough.”  “But that team I fielded tonight, I thought we got it just about right, and now we have got to get next Thursday right.”

“If we are taking an away goal into the home leg, we would be favourites – but we are the favourites when we play at home whoever we are playing, in my opinion, so we have got to win the game.”

Atromitos never really went all out for victory tonight, because they seemed to be very wary of Newcastle, and the Magpies tried to control the game from the first whistle, but there were one or two moments at the back,  when Newcastle seemed to lose their concentration and one of those moments cost Newcastle a goal in the 24th minute.

Atromitos manager Dusan Bajevic refused to say they were going for the win next Thursday night at St. James’ Park, when we would expect Newcastle to be a lot more adventurous and attacking in that game to get the win, which will take us through to the group stages of the Europa League.

This is what Dusan said after the game:

“We cannot say we are going for the win, but we are not going there to be defeated either.” “Newcastle are the favorites, but that does not mean we are going to put our hands up and surrender.”

Ryan Taylor’s performance tonight was a nice little reminder to Alan Pardew that he’s a game-winner,  as he showed a few times last season, and Davide Santon will need to keep his performances at a high standard to keep the left-back starting position in the first team.

Other players to impress tonight were Gael Bigirimana – what a player this lad looks like at just 18 –  and James Perch put in another strong performance at center-back, following his good performance against Tottenham last Saturday deputizing for the injured Fabricio Coloccini.

New signing Vurnon Anita also used the game to get to grips with the Newcastle way of playing the game, and he also looked impressive in central midfield for the Magpies tonight.

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27 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #1

    If football was sex, then Barca’s third goal tonight would be a multiple orgasm.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #2

    Why was Obertan holding his balls when Raylor was whipping in a corner kick? He’s a strange lad!!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #3

    …. And real’s second is errection problems.

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  • Spuggy

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #4

    MArkaccus lol

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Obertan is an alien, so maybe he doesn’t keep his balls there, he could have been protecting his lungs.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Or his g’vlort gland

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Like to know where he keeps his shooting boots!

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #8

    Apparently still on his home planent of Ningulus-flemptori 9, in the sprang sector of our galaxy, 9950322.63 light years from galactic central point.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #9

    So decided not to watch 2nd half of Classico, opted for wheeler dealers doleran episode. Not the worst idea of this evening, that’ll be betting a tenner on Hearts to score 1st… Oh wait 🙂

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #10

    Maybe we should make Obertan our mascot?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #11

    What was the hearts final score? I know hibs were getting towsed 2-0 off levante.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #12

    Yes, simply call him ‘the heed’

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:26 PM

    Comment #13

    1-0 Liverpool. Hearts with a OG

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Not hibs… Motherwell (duhr lol)

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Lucky bin-dipping tw@ts.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #17

    Easy mistake to make, I’m an Aberdeen fan too. Watched them beat Man Utd last week at Pittodrie… Yas Min

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  • gonufc (up and Hatem)

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:29 PM

    Comment #18

    Iniesta is getting near Zidane as my favourite player ever, not there yet, but he’s getting close ….

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #19

    He actually played ok the last half hour.

    Before that he just looked like he couldnt be arsed like.

    Should probaby give Sammy Ameobi a game next week instead of Obertan.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #20

    Bet that was worth the entrance fee, toon_jock! Yeah if hearts are playing, I always end up accidently mentioning hibs too, probably just because hearts and hibs are nearly always talked about together.

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #21

    15 quid and 50 quid on per match beers AWESOME

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  • BelfastMagpie87

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #22

    I see sell out Saturday was a great success jock lol

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #23

    Always Belfast… Always 🙂

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  • Toon_Jock

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #24

    Icing on the cake, I suppose was it was a testimonial for Neil Simpson, who I believe played for the toon!!!

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  • Brutooon

    Aug 23, 2012 at 11:48 PM

    Comment #25

    He is a freekick taker but NOT THE BEST

    8 out of 10 freekicks usually hit the wall

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  • geordie@bergen_norway

    Aug 24, 2012 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #26

    Brutoon

    Agree! Raylor is good, but Leighton Baines is the best FK taker in the Premier League.

    Actually we’ve had quite a few great FK takers at Newcastle the last decade. Solano, Geremi, Emre, Robert, Shearer to name a few.

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  • gaz 44

    Aug 24, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Comment #27

    don’t know how u can b certain baines is the best.. probably don’t see 60% of his free kicks

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