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.
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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