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French Players Like A Breath Of Fresh Air – Steven Taylor

10:32 am, Tuesday, February 5th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 22 Comments

Since Steven Taylor returned to the heart of Newcastle’s defense two games ago, he’s made a huge difference and has formed an excellent partnership with Fabricio Coloccini and it seems Steven’s motto could well be “you shall not pass” as he tries to block every shot with any part of his body he can get in the way of the ball.

steven taylor - mathieu debuchy after chelsea win

Taylor and Debuchy celebrate at the final whistle on Saturday

In short Steven Taylor has been one of the outstanding players in the last two games, and we’ve picked up a good 6 points from those two vital games too.

Steven was on cloud nine after Saturday’s fantastic 2-1 win against Chelsea, and he is still upbeat today as he is interviewed in the local papers:

“They give it their all, and I think the fans appreciate that.” “The way Yoan Gouffran chases back is unbelievable.” “He was so tired after the game. But that’s what it’s all about – doing everything for the cause.”

“I think the boys did that against Chelsea.” “And we can do it again at Spurs.” “For me, it was like a breath of fresh air seeing what they’re all about on the training ground.” “Even when we went 2-1 down, the winning mentality and the belief was still there.”

“When we got back into the game at 2-2, I thought it would be a draw if I’m honest.” “Sissoko – the powerhouse – never gave up.” “He caused them problems all afternoon.”

Steven has to keep performing at the top level of course,  because a certain Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa is sitting on the bench just waiting to get his chance in the starting eleven at Newcastle alongside Fabricio Coloccini.

And Moussa Sissoko will cause a lot more teams big problems before the end of this season, if the 6’2″ powerhouse keeps playing like he’s played in the last couple of games for Newcastle, when he’s looked just a superb player and Newcastle have looked a very good team.

A million miles better than we had looked in the previous 13 league games – that’s for sure.

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Tags: Mathieu Debuchy · Moussa Sissoko · Newcastle News · Premier League · Steven Taylor





22 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    Morning lads, how is spirits?

    Im not really expecting anything from the game at the weekend with Spurs. A good performance that shows where carrying on the turn around and building and i’ll be happy. If we manage a draw ill be overjoyed to be honest.

    Southampton, swansea, stoke, wigan. I expect big points to be taken from these games. And then the same as Spurs in regards to the following fixture at Man City.

  • 2 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    Us fans don’t ask for much, Pride in the shirt and passion on the pitch and we are happy

  • 3 Krul Blow // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:39 AM

    So happy right now. So proud. Bring on 3 points vs Spuds. Insha’alla.

  • 4 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:40 AM

    prodigy

    I think we could leave with 3 points. I’d be happy with a draw though.

    It all depends on which team plays the best as our quality is fairly even I think.

  • 5 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    Transfer Sage

    It’s nice going to Spurs thinking we can win instead of worrying how easily we’ll be beaten

  • 6 Magpies-till-d3ath // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:42 AM

    How fat does Steven look in that pic? HAHA!

  • 7 sticklebricks // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:44 AM

    Taylor is still only 27… Got to still be a chance of an England call up if he can stay fit….If you were to pick the two best CBs to start for England from: Saylor, Lescott, Jagielka, Smalling, Cahill… he surely has to be there for me… Or maybe I’m biased..?

  • 8 TorqToon // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:46 AM

    Sage – Go in for the win. Attack is the best form of defence and force bale and Lennon to tack back for a change! :-)

    Just hope all our lads come back of international duty unscathed.

    Think cabs, debs, Sissoko and Yanga will all start tomorrow night.

    Need them back safe and sound.

  • 9 ajcrawfs // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    guys! if we win every game from now until the end of the season we will be on 66 points which is one more than last year! ;-)

  • 10 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    jack

    It’s great going into game thinking we have a chance of winning if we play well. Before it was hoping we played well and the opposition played bad, now we can beat a lot of teams even on their good day.

    I’m not getting carried away but if we can win maybe 4 of our next 6 and maybe get a draw or two then we could be quite high in the league.

    A lot of teams are beating each other and not many putting a strong run together so if we can manage that then we could start to climb the league.

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:47 AM

    Alreet Transfer,

    A win and I’d be extatic. No doubt. Im just not building my hopes up.

    It’s been a pretty dreamy week concerning NUFC though and the inevitable drop in fortune is near. A good performance from the lads and ill be happy. Just trying to keep my hopes at bay that is all.

    What a game on saturday, that goal meant alot to Jonas. The emotion pouring out of him was epic

  • 12 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:49 AM

    torq

    I agree. If you don’t offer any attacking threat you just heap more pressure on yourself and make it harder to defend as you can get over ran.

    Don’t go all out attack but attack when the chance is there.

  • 13 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    prodigy

    You could see that in Jonas for sure. He will know he has had a bad season and as a passionate guy who loves the club and fans it will be killing him knowing he hasn’t been making a difference.

    For all his poor play this year he has been 100% committed and fights for every minute.

    He is the kind of player you want to see succeed.

  • 14 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:54 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Looking at our remaining games we got a good run in, Everton do it every season where they start poorly and make a run for it in the second half of the season, so maybe we can do that :D

  • 15 Cool Hand Luke // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:55 AM

    Sticklebricks, he has to be up there really. Only his injuries have seen him overlooked before. When on form the guy is top notch, more of a ‘fixer’ type CB, getting the job done no questions asked. The perfect foil to Colos positional awareness and game reading style.

  • 16 Transfer Sage // Feb 5, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Jack

    I don’t see why we can’t.

    I mean we only have city where I think we will really struggle to take 3 points.

    I think we could get 3 points off spurs, arsenal and liverpool as they aren’t really much better, if any better, than us with a full team.

    I think we really need to cash in on southampton, swansea, qpr, wigan, etc….easier said than done but would have a nice smile if beating qpr on their own patch sent them down.

  • 17 JAMSHA // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:04 AM

    KING SAYLOR

  • 18 giimps // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:05 AM

    Tayls will never be an England CB as no England manager ever comes to Newcastle to see us play.
    In order to be picked, Newcastle would have to be playing in London every week or over the west coast.
    He is capable and think he would do well, but there is more chance of him sustaining more injuries if playing/training with England.
    I would rather he stayed fit for us (maybe selfish but the more options at CB the better if it keeps Willo having to play too often.
    HWTL

  • 19 JackButler // Feb 5, 2013 at 11:07 AM

    Transfer Sage

    Beating QPR has become as important as beating Sunderland :D

    It’s amazing how quickly things can turn around, the result against Chelsea was massive but the performance and mentality of the game was worth so much to everyone, you only have to look at the players reaction when Sissoko scored the winner and ran towards the bench and was swamped by everyone :D

  • 20 cornishman // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:00 PM

    Is,nt great to look forward with belief. Looking at the table a top 8 is certainly achievable if we play as we did against Chelsea and given the new guys are still bedding in there,s no reason why we can,t . Personally i,m on that cloud that,s one above nine….lets get at the spuds.

  • 21 Mint // Feb 5, 2013 at 12:47 PM

    I hope Tiote doesnt come back and give away 5 free kicks in our own half per game again…

  • 22 Ketsbaia9 // Feb 5, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    Saylor’s got a reet gut on him in that picture. Think he needs to cut down on the booze.




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