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.
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.
Howay The Lads!!
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