Newcastle manager Alan Pardew – who will have gained some converts with his masterful handling of the Newcastle side last night in Manchester for our first win there in 14 years, has come out this morning in praise of Ryan Taylor – who took our Man of the Match award in his first game back after 26 months out with injury.
Ryan Taylor – emotional return for the Liverpudlian
This is what Alan Pardew said after the match last night:
“He did outstanding.” “Professional footballers sometimes get a bad press for the way they conduct themselves.” “But you’re talking about a guy whose been injured for two years who has conducted himself in the best possible manner.”
“He has had a smile on his face for two years.” “He has got that reward, I think he has only had a reserve game and a half.”
“But he has come in last night and been outstanding.” “He’s a special player in our group.” “Our players all love him and he got a special round of applause when he came in the dressing room after the game.” “
We all respect him after two years out with those injuries.” “His performance was what he is all about – discipline and quality, which is what he’s like as an individual,”
“You have to remember when you can’t do what you want to do, it’s very frustrating as a professional athlete.” “He’s been restricted to what he does best, so of course he’s going to be emotional.”
“But what a great night for him and us.” “We’re just delighted that we managed to give him a platform.” “He had 10 good players around him and he couldn’t ask for more than that.”
We can imagine how emotional it must have been for Ryan last night, especially after the game, after he must have thought his career could have been over with those two very serious knee injuries.
We don’t know of too many players who have survived two serious ACL injuries.
But the 30 year-old was great last night, and his professional play was exactly what was needed last night.
Well done Ryan Taylor.
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