Steven Taylor has revealed how manager Alan Pardew told the team before the game against Stoke City, that if the lads could win the game, then he could make an all-out assault on the Europa League competition.
Steven Taylor – had great game on Sunday
But after the Reading defeat in January, things didn’t look too good and in four days in the following week Mike Ashley brought in four new players and with Mathieu Debuchy having already been acquired in early January, that was five top french players for around £18M.
And on Sunday when Massadio Haidara came on for Davide Santon in the second half for his Premier League debut, all five new Frenchmen were on the pitch at once for the very first time (and seven Frenchmen were on the pitch in total – including Cabaye and Marveaux), so it tells you just how good these new players are.
This is what Steven Taylor said:
“The manager wanted a positive result against Stoke so we can move on to Thursday and really go for it.” “We can do that now and give it our all.”
“All the lads have done well but they had to. With the position we were in a few weeks ago, we couldn’t afford those lads to take their time settling in.”
Alan Pardew has already said he will name his strongest side for Thursday’s return game against Russian side Anzhi Makhachkala, although Mathieu Debuchy and Yoan Gouffran are not eligible.
A win will take Newcastle through to the quarter finals, and then the immediate challenge is to play a decent team at Wigan on Sunday, but Newcastle have shown they now have strength in depth in the squad.
There’s even reason to think we can win these two upcoming games, and then Newcastle United will really be flying high.
And that’s where we want to be, after what we’ve already been through this season. 🙁
Howay The Lads!!
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