Steven Taylor has been interviewed today in the Journal and he talks about Sunday’s game against Stoke being a never-say-die game, where the lads from the very first whistle were trying to get all three points.
Steven Taylor – it was a never-say-die game
And after giving away a silly penalty in the second half – it never looked like Stoke would score with Yanga-Mbiwa and Taylor playing so well in central defense – it didn’t look like we would get all the points.
But this new team of ours just never gives up, and sure enough into added time, a fantastic piece of play from Sylvain Marveaux gave Papiss Cisse the chance, and he made no mistake.
This is what Steven had to say today:
“I’ve got myself fit, I’m playing regularly for Newcastle and obviously I’ve got my team-mates to thank because they’re keeping me at it every day in training and out there on the pitch.”
“We had a lot of players filling a few months ago and a lot of players out of position. It was difficult and things weren’t going our way. Then January comes, we make a few signings and there’s a bit of belief about the place.”
“At the start of the season the fans were restless but there’s belief now, and three points on Sunday was massive. It was a hard game and deserved, it was a never-say-die game from us.”
“All the lads have done so well coming in. They had to. With the position we were in January we couldn’t afford the new lads to take time.” “Over the years we might have been able to let them settle, but they had to straight away.”
“They’ve got among it and we’ve still got James Perch to come in.“We’re enjoying ourselves right now and the atmosphere on Sunday was great.”
Enormous credit for our revival must go to the five new French players coming during January and that coincided with Steven Taylor and Yohan Cabaye coming back, and Newcastle now look a completely different side.
The goal is to get as high up the league table as we can although 10th place looks like the best we can do right now, and then get as far as we possible can in the Europa league.
There are another two big games coming up this week with Anzhi Makhachkala on Thursday night which is now a huge game for Newcastle, but then we have to keep up our winning ways at Wigan on Sunday in the league.
We cannot allow ourselves to start dropping any points in the league – especially against a team lower than us in the division.
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