One of the real talking points that came out of the game on Saturday was the experience of Steven Taylor and Cheick Tiote – where a very patched up side put in one of the best performances of the season against West Brom and we won a must-win game 1-0.
But a 5-0 scoreline would have been more reflective of just how better Newcastle were on the day, but we still missed chances galore.
Cheick Tiote – showed great spirit
When those long high balls were going into the defense it was Steven who was heading them clear – and as always the local lad risked life and limb in blocking shots as though his life depended on it.
And Cheick Tiote had a great game alongside the very impressive Jonjo Shelvey in central midfield, and we came out of the game thinking we could now survive this season.
This is how Steve talked about Tiote and Taylor after the game:
“You just look at them – Tiote and Taylor – and their spirit it exactly what we need in the team.” “If you get that from two the rest will follow.”
“We’d like to see it from more. Once they do we can show people what we can do.” “It’s not so much the leadership, it’s just the way they play.
“They’re so aggressive in the game. Tiote has only trained with us for two days and we’ve got another five in the treatment room.”
If we do survive – we could even be a (very) good side next season and maybe even do a Leicester City – but yes – I´m getting carried away again.
If we do avoid relegation, we are convinced Mike Ashley will go for broke this summer and spend as much money as necessary to ensure we get three top players in – a striker, a center-back and a left back.
We also need the squad to be bigger to be able to handle the injuries we pick up every single season.
And talking about injuries we have to somehow keep Steven and Cheick fit for the next three months.
Newcastle cannot have any more relegation battles – we have had three of them in the last four seasons – it´s not good enough and certainly not good for the nerves.
What do you think?