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These Two Things A Big Plus For Newcastle

8:45 am, Tuesday, December 10th, 2013 by Ed Harrison · 11 Comments

If fans had been told that an Englishman would be starring alongside Fabricio Coloccini in central defense this season, that wouldn’t be surprising, and fans would have thought that player was Steven Taylor.

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Steven Taylor -  involved in first team squad

But after playing 45 minutes at the Etihad Stadium in the first game of the season before being sent off,  Steven hasn’t been able to get back into the side, and he hasn’t even been on the bench in the last few games, including the magnificent 1-0 win at Old Trafford on Saturday.

And it’s big Mike Williamson who has been playing his best football at the club this season.

Steven has been talking to the local press today, and talks about how good the lads were on Saturday and how good the team spirit is:

“It’s always going to be difficult as you know Manchester United will always get chances because they are a quality team.”

“We defended from the front, with Loic Remy causing problems all afternoon for their defenders.” “We passed it well in tight spaces, which when playing away games we have not done well in years.”

“They asked questions, we answered them.” “It’s all fine and well defending good and playing well, but if you don’t score it counts for nothing, and when Yohan Cabaye scored it was just what we needed.”

“I thought we had Manchester United on the back foot a lot of the time and pressed them very well all over without giving them time on the ball.”  “As for the fans, the noise from our fans silenced the Manchester home crowd so many times during the game.”

“The atmosphere in the dressing room was amazing, the lads were buzzing with the result and it gives us so much confidence for the next game against Southampton.”

While Steven looks to be fourth choice now at center-back, Alan Pardew is keeping him involved with the first team set-up and he travels to all the games – and that’s good because Steven will be needed this season.

We’re just amazed at how good the team spirit is in the squad – and it’s clear the team is all important, rather than individuals, and of course that’s the way it should be.

And when you couple that with the Newcastle fans, who were again brilliant at Old Trafford on Saturday, then Newcastle United have a lot going for them at the moment.

And that’s the way it should be too. :D

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Tags: Coaching · Premier League · Steven Taylor





11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lesh // Dec 10, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    What price Saylor’s away soon?

  • 2 Himanshu Dhingra // Dec 10, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    if Taylor is away, then we are really short on HGP, Though Bigi, and sammy will qualify as HGP next season.

  • 3 SpaceGhost // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:06 AM

    I love Saylor where he is right now. In a galaxy, far, far away from the 1st team. I’d rather have Dumett in CB as he need games to improve as a player. Saylor had his chance.

  • 4 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Lesh,
    I don’t think he’ll be going anywhere, I think we’ve all accepted Collo is off at the end of the seasonm and we haven’t been linked with a CB, so he”ll be waiting for his chance before he’s injured after ten games, Curtis Good will be Collos replacement, or looking at it another way Mbwia is Collos replacement and Good is Williamsons replacement, although he hasn’t gone anywhere.

  • 5 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:10 AM

    STaylor would have been England captain if it wasn’t for his injuries, Nadal may well have won more slams than Federer if it wasn’t for his, this can be the only difference in acheiving greatness.

  • 6 yo-yo // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    JFA

    That’s a pretty depressing analysis – we need a young upandcoming CB sure but we also need someone of proven quality who can add to the team at the back – I don’t know if Good would be up to that in the next two seasons or so as he is still a development player for me.

  • 7 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:15 AM

    yo-yo,
    You never know the fatman might surprise us and bring a quality CB in during the winter to have plenty of time to bed in, but then again…..

  • 8 Jail for Ashley // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:18 AM

    I would get shot of STaylor in January and bring in a quality replacement who would be given a few appearences in between now and the summer, he would then hopefully ready to challenge for a starting place asap.

  • 9 Our Toon // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    I’ll repeat what my sentiments were yesterday seeing as Tequila etc. think pards is doing a fantastic job. We are in exactly the position we should be at come the end of the season, no surprises there…the only reason CERTAIN fans are getting carried away is because they are comparing us to last year. Last year Pards (the 2nd coming for some on here now) got it horribly wrong with his tactics, his negligence had us fighting relegation. This season we’ve won against Man Utd (worst MU team in a long time) got lucky against Spurs (thank you Krul) and played well against Chelsea but why are some hiding behind those results to justify how good pards is? We lost to Hull at home, lost to the Scum bottom of the league & recently lost to striker-less Swansea 3rd game in 6 days, let’s have some realism!!

    I know CERTAIN individuals will refer to me as a negger but I believe in realism & I feel what I’m seeing is realistic, I wish I could be as deluded as some. Ask yourself before praising Pards…is this a top 7 side? If not then who is better? He’s performing on par for what is expected of this team, we aren’t in the top 4 if we were then by all means jump on the bandwagon & praise the man for overachieving. He’s done a good job so far but has achieved exactly what is expected from us. We all have different expectations from our team for this season but as great as results are against teams that should be competing in top 4 we are dropping points against the lesser sides. I managed to give pards credit for Saturday because he played the formation which was required against Swansea 4-2-3-1 works so much better because we have Remy up top rather than Cisse, I credited pards for the 1st season where we certainly did over achieve, but last year I rightly had a go at him because we underachieved (massively) & this year we are on par for what the squad should achieve that’s called being realistic & not a negger perspective!! So the delusional bunch are we a top 7 side?

  • 10 lesh // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:38 AM

    Jail for Ashley, as ever, wise words @4.

  • 11 true toon // Dec 10, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Never rated Taylor. Off load him .. 5 million




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