Steven Taylor must have had one of the best games he has ever played for Newcastle last night, when in that first half alone he must have blocked four or five shots that were on target, and at times it looked like it was Anzhi against local lad Steven Taylor.
Steven Taylor – magnificent game last night
Yanga-Mbiwa has played well since he joined us from Montpellier in January, and he had some good moments last night, and a couple, of dodgy moments too, but Taylor and Yanga-Mbiwa are forging a good central partnership at Newcastle and they seem to be learning from each other.
This is what the 3 times capped French International had to say on the Newcastle web-site today:,
“I think he’s got every chance to get an international call-up and if he goes out and continues to play as well as he is week in and week out, then the international manager is going to see that.”
“I hope he will get a call-up so I can also say I’ve played alongside an international!” “Steven’s a fantastic player and it’s great to be alongside him. He’s someone who’s come up from within this club and he’s been a great player for this club.”
“He knows the culture of the English game very well and he’s someone I try to listen to a lot and learn from a lot, as well as bringing what I know from my experience in France to the partnership as well.”
“When we won the championship with Montpellier, we did have a last minute goal to take that for us so it was an exceptional moment.” “But this was fantastic for us and puts us into the quarter-finals, so hopefully we can go on from there.”
“I’m very happy that we could win it in the 90 minutes. We had a great match and we fought really hard, so it’s nice to come away with the victory.” “Obviously the thought of extra-time does enter your head a little bit, but as long as the match is still going on there’s a chance that you might get a goal.
“The match isn’t over so we’re very happy to have that chance.”
Cisse’s goal came right at the death, but it was the brilliant defending of Steven Taylor that helped Newcastle keep another clean sheet in the Europa League, our eighth in twelve Europa League games so far this season.
But we’ll have at least another two games to play, and we’ll know around 11:30 today who we are drawn against.
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