After one of the best wins of the season for a struggling Newcastle side, Steven Taylor, who made his first-team come back after being out too long with a hamstring injury, revealed just how Newcastle build up that fantastic team spirit at the club – which has been noticeable ever since we went down four years ago.
Yohan Cabaye – scores second goal for Newcastle last night
Steven was interviewed after the game and he revealed just how the new French lads have been very quickly integrated into the Newcastle squad:
“We had a chat in the pre-match meeting; each player spoke on the reasons why they came to the club and the gaffer got them up individually and presented them with a shirt.” “They told us why they wanted to come here and they want to be accepted by the players.”
“The gaffer said ‘make sure they sing’ so I made sure each one of them got up and sang.” “I did say they could go up together and sing a little Boys II Men number but fair play to them, they got up one by one and sang in front of the lads. It’s great and it’s what we need at this football club – that togetherness.”
“The banter was flying the night before the game and the French lads were in amongst it. Already they’ve been accepted by the boys. They want to come here and fight it out and that second half performance was what we need.” “And tonight we accept them massively because the grit they put in is what playing for Newcastle United means.”
Good words there from local lad Steven Taylor - who has Newcastle United tattooed on his forehead.
So each player had to sing a song – and then tell the rest of the squad just why they came to to Newcastle United.
Not a bad way to get them quickly integrated into the way this Newcastle team does things – and if last night is anything to go by – we’ve signed some great players this month.
Newcastle fans last night – Oui!
So much so that a number of Newcastle fans at the game were dressed up as Frenchmen – as shown above.
Next up is a very tough game against Chelsea on Saturday at what will be a sold-out St. James’ Park, and the European Champions are at Reading tonight – so at least Newcastle will have one extra day to prepare for that game.
We must try to take something out of that game.
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