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An Emotional Steven Taylor – First Half We Had Everything

9:36 am, Wednesday, January 30th, 2013 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 27 Comments

Steven Taylor made his long awaited return to the Newcastle defense after being out some months with a hamstring problem, and like a lot of the Newcastle players last night at Villa Park he put in a great shift – and we saw a Newcastle team in black and white fight like hell to capture a massive 3 points for the club.

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Steven Taylor – we had everything in that first half

And a loyal and noisy 2500 fans made the trip to Villa Park last night – some dressed up as Frenchmen – and after our worst result of the season last time out at home to Reading – this was a fitting display and a magnificent result for the Newcastle team, and our boys worked their sicks off in the seocnd half to hold the lead – for once.

An emotional Steven Taylor who said being relegated with Newcastle four years ago was the worst thing in his career was full of praise for the team and for the new French signing who all contributed to a famous and water-shed win for Newcastle:

“I think the first half performance was the best performance in a long time for Newcastle. We outclassed them; we had power, pace, everything.” “Some of the Villa players were getting frustrated with each other because they couldn’t handle what we had to offer and that was credit to our lads.”

“The second half was a proper Premier League match – and what a three points that is. It was a massive, massive win. That feels like one of the most important games I’ve ever played in a black and white jersey.” “That was the best feeling coming off the pitch, because it meant so much.”

“Obviously we’ve been relegated here so it was a nice little touch for me, Steve Harper, Shola Ameobi, Tim Krul, Fabricio Coloccini and a few of the boys who played that day.” “It was massive and you saw after the game, all the boys together. That’s what it’s about here and credit to the lads – they were fantastic.”

“The fans were brilliant. They stuck by us second half when the penalty went in and we didn’t panic, we stuck together as a team and we played the game very well.” “We knew Villa were going to attack and try to cause us a few problems but we stood up to the challenge like men.”

“That’s what it’s all about – welcome to the English league for the French boys.” “And I tell you what, every one of them put in a great shift.”

Newcastle were simply fantastic in that first half and completely controlled the game – and I’ll be watching that first 45 minutes a few times today – (again and again) to be sure.

and were 2-0 up thanks to good goals from Papiss Cisse and Yohan Cabaye (who else?), and once again Yohan scored a goal out of nowhere, as he quickly controlled a loose ball just outside the penalty area and then rifled the ball home – a magnificent strike by the sublime French international.

But we have to keep this form up we showed in that first 45 minutes – and Chelsea will be a very tough test for Newcastle on Saturday afternoon – but we know the lads will give it their best shot – and a draw would be a terrific result on Saturday.

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27 responses so far ↓

  • 1 outsidethebox // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    look at the positives from last night instead of the negatives
    krull has to be one of the best in league
    debuchy and santon good and will only get better
    collo and mbai will be a great cb pairing
    with cab benny sissoko marv tiote and anita we have enough of a midfield to match any team …cisse and goofy are good strikers…what is needed is time and organisation..
    could it be we play with debuchy and santon as wing backs taylor collo and mbai in a back 5 …perm any 4 from midfield and cisse up front by himself …the players are there …get the pattern sorted and organised..

  • 2 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

    loved having Taylor back. much more composed.
    is catchy going wild again cos we won?

  • 3 toon1707 // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Taylor is a class CB but he has been badly hampered by injury after injury and I for one have no doubts if had been fully fit for the last 2 seasons he would be playing in a 3 lions shirt now as we’ll as the black and white stripes. 4 points out of the next 2 games would be fantastic 2 really hard games where in large parts of both games we are going to need to dig in and fight like we did last night

  • 4 lou9brasil // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:47 AM

    Catchy should be a premier league manager, perhaps he could manage villa and show Lambert how its done in the meantime give Pards some advice on how it’s done as well… FairPlay that guy would still loan if we done the treble, he would still find something negative to go on about!!!

  • 5 lou9brasil // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Loan = Moan

  • 6 catchy in norway // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    i love that we won,,

    but id like us to win and not look like it was lucky

    and for the record,, pardew put cisse on the wing,, because he played there for nearly 15 mins,, if pardew wanted him up front,, he would have put him there,,

    if not then pardew has no say in where the players end up,, and that is really bad

  • 7 YankeeToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:48 AM

    Give this team five or six games and we should be hitting on all cylinders come March. Take these points and forge ahead!!!

  • 8 catchy in norway // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:49 AM


    i never moand when CH was here,,

    i could see our game plan,, i could understand his changes,

  • 9 foggonridiculous // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:50 AM

    I’m not sure why we seem to always have to have a “fall guy” on the blog.

    There’s been Shola, Perch – before he became Perchinho, Obertan (or Squidward if you prefer) ,
    Simpson, Williamson and now Jonas.

    Okay the blog is all about individual opinions and that includes criticism of players, managers
    but some posters sometimes give the impression that the players above can never get anything right.

    …BTW I thought Sissoko was p*ss poor last night 🙂


  • 10 outsidethebox // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    would be surprised if there are not any loan movements before deadline … or out…

  • 11 geordiefromthemidlands // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:51 AM

    Cheers for the updates mate. I noticed the change on the blog last night so I stayed away instead of getting involved. At the end of the day we are playing crap but our first half performances mean that we are doing something right. The only thing that matters is 3 points. Now we are two wins off 10th if results go our way. Yesterday we were 2 pts off the bottom 3. Our new players will bed in. We will take positives and belief from the away win. First one in nearly 9 months and use the momentum as a springboard to galvanise us for the next 14 games. In my view we have won 3 pts out of a possible 45. Lets take one game at a time and push on. Oh and you were right about sissoko and gouffran. .beasts.

    One last thing, what is this mbabu kid like?

  • 12 tequilamag // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:52 AM

    I find it very strange that the hystericals are banging on about the subs last night as if that nearly cost us the game. We were under the cosh for the entire second half and the first sub was not made till the 70th minute. If anything the fresh legs restricted the amount of chances Villa had. It was a battle second half from a villa side which were fired up from the early pen and some of the tackles flying about from their players would have resulted in red cards from a stronger ref. It`s clear to me that the entrenched hatred of Pardew overrides any hope of reasonable debate. Any positives are despite Pardew any negatives entirely the fault of Pardew. Really very sad.

  • 13 Markaccus // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Repost @TADS. I think you’re spot on with cisse going missing when the pressure is on. He’s probably a classic text book example of a confidence player. This is why we need a good hard working back-up striker to replace him when things get tight. Ideally one who can play alongside him, too.

  • 14 sirtoongospel // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:55 AM

    Catchy, he had made 3 subs, got absolutely crucified when he put Shola on the wing last week, so Papiss had to do a job for 15 minutes. He is more mobile than Shola so where’s the problem? The villa fans applauded their team off at the end, but they lost. So what does that say for us? We won a game in which the villa fans were delighted with their team second half.

    You say that Pards was negative 2nd half, but how is it Pards? Have you ever played? When you are under pressure it is difficult to turn it around, especially when confidence is low.

    The very best teams have spells where they are under the cosh. But we were resolute, and in a way winning in that manner will do more for us than an easy win.

  • 15 Pardews Parsnip Bonce // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    @catchy i agree we looked poor second half but i disagree the win was lucky. we won because we were the better team in the first half and could actually put our chances away imo

  • 16 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Sage – It’s not bad. Wouldn’t go as far as you say it’s fluent but I can hold my own in French, German and Spanish. It probs sounds odd though with a slight Geordie twang in the mix! Ha

    On the pen – yeah letter of the law states it was probably a pen – more clumsy than anything else – but agbonlahor made the very most of it with a swan dive to full effect.

    Catchy…he played wide right for a FULL 15mins?! Ok…getting nowhere…agree to disagree.

  • 17 Scottiedog // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    If Jonas had scored last night would people be on his back today????? SO FICKLE!!

    Also, how many of the new french boys are cup tied for Europe??

  • 18 MrMojoRisin76 // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Over the moon with the 3pts and the performance.1st half sublime can’t wait til Benny’s back in the team,2nd half we did what we needed to do against a team fighting for survival,playing with 4 forwards essentially and getting the ball in the box every time they could,it showed we have the stomach for a fight.We put pressure on ourselves last night giving the ball away too easy,that’s why we were sitting deep the 1st 20 mins of the 1st half but that’s understandable given the importance of the game.100% penalty,one of the stupidest tackles i’ve seen but he’s new to the league and he will learn from that hopefully.I believe we can beat Chelsea at the weekend.Impressed with Gouffran,held the ball up well,touch looked good,looked after the ball and looked dangerous at times.For a debut away in the premier league,in a match of this importance i thought Sissoko was immense,what’s the guy going to be like when he gets fully adjusted to the league?scary.Well done lads.

  • 19 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 9:59 AM

    Geordie – Mbabu is very raw. Excelled in the Swiss youth setup. Only 16-17yrs old but looks very decent. Hopefully he will fulfil his potential. A fee of around €1mil is being touted so must’ve impressed the club big time. That’s quite a fee.

  • 20 big bob // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    steven taylor is it just me or not but he doesnt inspire confidence too much jumping and diving about cant believe jonas played whole game was terrible and santon was great first half because we were attacking but looks suspect at defending weisman had him the 2nd half also dont play mbwia midfielder 2nd time i have seen him in midfield and is terrible there

  • 21 gfp13 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I think all but sissoko but I could be wrong

  • 22 TorqToon // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    Scottie – Gouffran is I believe.

    Sissoko can play, haidara can and I think only 1 of Yanga and debuchy due to the rule constraints.

  • 23 TheToonKing // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:00 AM

    I love Taylor …such a beast and so much passion.

    To be honest, now that he’s back with Colo i’m not sure how Mbiwa fits in. Taylor is a proper PL defender and makes a great partnership with Colo.

    Let’s see what Pardew thinks.

  • 24 Nick 69 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:04 AM

    TheToonKing – Your not sure how Mbiwa fits in? SERIOUSLY? he fits in quite easily, as he is better than both Taylor and Colo

  • 25 TheToonKing // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    @Nick69…. Difficult to say mate. He is a better player then Saylor, yes, not sure if he’s better then Colo.

    But this moment in time Colo is the captain and still our best defender.

    Saylor is a defender who played his whole life in the PL and brings leadership and passion to the back 4 and the team as well as an existing good partnership with Colo.

    I would not drop either of them at this point for Mbiwa.

  • 26 toon_army_redlichtie85 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    I find it very strange that the hystericals are banging on about the subs last night as if that nearly cost us the game. We were under the cosh for the entire second half and the first sub was not made till the 70th minute. If anything the fresh legs restricted the amount of chances Villa had. It was a battle second half from a villa side which were fired up from the early pen and some of the tackles flying about from their players would have resulted in red cards from a stronger ref. It`s clear to me that the entrenched hatred of Pardew overrides any hope of reasonable debate. Any positives are despite Pardew any negatives entirely the fault of Pardew. Really very sad.

    Amazing post :)))))

  • 27 nufc 11 // Jan 30, 2013 at 10:53 AM

    Must admit I have grave concerns about Santon as a defender he really unsettles a bk4 for an italian he aient much of a defender if Simo had a fault he was way to loose, bks off way to much and gets caught out way too much Santon suffers the same its prefect role for Yanga to step into now Marveaux is injured its time to move Santon to RM give him a run of games there thats his best pos by far he has a touch of the Gareth Bale about him look at him he was played at LB for the early part of his career an he suffered badly bcoz it wasnt his strength, if we play like lst nite 2nd half against chelski well be slaughtered.

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