Steven Taylor returning to the side made a big difference on Tuesday night, as the 27 year-old local lad showed that he is willing to put his body (and anything else for that matter) on the line in the cause of Newcastle United.
Steven Taylor – praised the new players’ dedication and guts
And that showed up big time in the second half as Aston Villa seemed a completely different side, and took our lads to the limit – but we managed to hold on to what was a crucial 2-1 win.
Steven was very quick to praise the new French players yesterday, as he gave them massive credit for sticking to their task, and Newcastle got the job done on Tuesday night – and next up on Saturday is Chelsea.
We knew Newcastle had done really well when our site kept crashing for around 45 minutes after the game, with the amount of traffic on the site – which was one reason our reports were a bit delayed – and we may have to go to a dedicated server in the future.
Alan Pardew thinks the camaraderie and unity is now the best it’s ever been in the squad in the two years he’s been Newcastle manager:
“There’s great unity and the feeling amongst them in the dressing room was as great a feeling as I can remember at Newcastle, if I’m honest.” “These players weren’t brought in to take the plaudits.”
“They’re here to help. That’s what they’re here for.” “They’re not here to save us – they’re here to help.” “The real ones who are going to save us are Coloccini, Taylor, Krul and Shola Ameobi.”
“They’re the ones that know how this club works.” “These guys came in and helped us.” “Sissoko and Yohan, and Mapou coming on, they helped us.” “And that’s exactly how we pencilled it in.”
It’s good to hear that the unity is high – because we still have some big battles ahead – and our next three league games are against Chelsea at home on Saturday – Tottenham away the following Saturday, and then Southampton two weeks after that.
And after the Spurs game we play on successive Thursday nights against FC Metalist Kharkiv in the Europa League – so the league games are spread out a little bit – and that has to be to Newcastle advantage, as we get the new players into the squad and also get Ben Arfa and Sylvain Marveaux back from their injuries.
Howay The Lads!!
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