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.
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.
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