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We’re Back In Business – Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor believes the win over Plymouth on Saturday shows a renewed commitment by Newcastle players to taking the club straight back to the Premier League this season.

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Steven Taylor carefully heads Newcastle in front after 8 minutes
It was from a great left wing corner from Geremi

Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I think we showed we were too strong for Plymouth in the end.”

“I was delighted to score and be part of it and spirits are high going into the cup game.”

“You saw that by the way we celebrated the goals.”

Taylor was devastated by the Coca-Cola Championship upset at Blackpool last Wednesday and so he should have been – Newcastle fans were.

But the accomplished 23 year-old believes the much needed victory over Plymouth on Saturday shows the Newcastle team this season are just determined to keep the winning ways going.

Taylor continued:

“We’ve bounced back.” “Blackpool hopefully was a little blip, but after this we’re back on track.”

“We feel we’re back in business and we’re looking forward to Peterborough.”

We do expect 19 year-old Tamas Kadar to start the game tomorrow, although new loan singing Zurab Khizanishvili seems cup-tied.

So either Coloccini (who very strong on Saturday) or Taylor will start the game on the bench, for a well earned rest.

We still expect a win tomorrow night, even with a younger weakened team, and we have to hope we can draw say Sunderland in the next round – home or away.

It doesn’t really matter the venue, because we can beat them at our place or theirs. 😀

A little wind-up there for the Sunderland fans!

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • Macas35

    Sep 21, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #1

    Back in business? We were on the whole hopless against Plymouth. The sooner we get another couple of players in to add something different the better.

  • toonsy

    Sep 21, 2009 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Were missing Jonas terribly, anyone know how long he is out for? With him in the team it gives our opponents another threat to think about.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #3


    At the weekend nufc.co.uk were claiming jonas was two weeks away from playing! That will probably rule him out of the ipswich, qpr & bristol city games (with a bit of luck he make make the bench against bristol city)

  • tripp

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Wow…. Geremi, corner, and goal all in the same sentence. We seem to have taken them apart once we changed to a proper, attacking formation. Defo need a few more players to add options and give the side some depth. Will be nice to have Jonas back in the side to be sure.

  • Macas35

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #5

    tripp – Geremi was probably our best midfielder on the day!

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #6

    Geremi does genuinely have a good cross on him, when he gets it together * Guthrie lobbed a great one in for Nolan’s goal!..
    R Taylor, Guthrie & potentially Geremi for set pieces/crosses…

  • woodsee

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Macas got to disagree with the Geremi Beadle comment,Smith was much more influential

  • Bill F

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Still can’t see why Guthrie didn’t start, probably our best, most consistent midfielder.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #9

    pity geremi is 111 with no pace , his balls into the box were excellent, we just need a few more bodies in the box to capitalise, I just hope Hughton learns by his nearly mistake, and plays 2 forwards, Caroll and Ranger for me, with smith to marshal the back 4 nolan as advanced mid and guthrie /Lovaman/geremi to serve the ammo.
    Barton needs to think more and butt needs to retire,
    I would like to see ranger and Lovaman up front against the Posh, with Vukic Kazenga and shane ferguson running past them at pace prob put butt as holding mid ,in front of r taylor, tozer, colo and young Darren lough (although i havent seen much of Darren, we gotta keep out seniors for the league,but give the fringe ones the chance to shine.

  • Where did the good times go

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Barton always needs a number of games before he hits his stride, but we are carrying him at the moment and Guthrie has every right to be gutted about being left out over Barton.

    Have to be honest, dont give a monkeys about the cup game. With the said i hope we do give fringe players a chance.


    Taylor Taylor Kadar Tozer

    Lua Lua Guthrie Butt Lovenkrands.

    Carroll Ranger

    Soderberg, Morris, Vuckic, Inman, Ferguson, Donaldson, Baheng

  • Whumpie

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d put Guthrie on instead of Barton every time – not only do I loath Barton, but he’s been utter garbage for us this season.

    Still, Hughton has to work with what he has, and with 2 games a week that means making seemingly odd choices. As long as we get the results, I’m more than happy.

    Need more wingers, though!

  • Whumpie

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #12

    Good point about Ferguson; well worth starting with him, Vukic, Kadar, Tozer, Donaldson, Krul and Ranger all on in my opinion. Like before – if it’s not working, bring on the old boys.

    And start with Butt – that experience has to be good for this, and I’d rather not risk Smith or Carroll in this one.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #13

    fair enough, you don’t dig Barton…But, he has been played horribly out of position on the left wing…Front prong in a diamond midfield would be my shout!..

  • Where did the good times go

    Sep 21, 2009 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #14

    I accept Barton is being played out of position, but hes not getting the basics right. His passing is so poor at the moment.

    Having said that Barton can be our best midfielder when fit and on form. Hes worth sticking by, but Guthrie must be gutted at the moment.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #15

    where did,
    hey, at least Guthrie is comin’ on with somethin’ to prove & doin’ the do, long may that reign, hey?..
    …Nowt wrong with a bit competition!..

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Based on our overall performance on saturday despite the win i believe we have alot of reasons to be concerned..firstly we are starting to leak goals again, for the most part we were giving the ball away too easily and seemed to really lack a creative edge.

    Guthrie should have started and while i think the Barton comments have been a little harsh, I think Danny or Taylor would have been a better choice for the wing, Joey is a central midfielder by trade and should be judged on that position.

    There were some positives however to take from the game, for example when Ranger and Guthrie came on and we played more of a 4-4-2 we were too strong for plymouth and romped past them accordingly. While the 4-5-1 has been effective in getting results we would benefit from going with two centre forwards (especially at home).

    Watching Middlesborough take a massive beat down also made me feel alot better about our promotion prospects.

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #17

    442 or 433 at hyem, 451 or 4411 away possibly, against better teams!..West brom got a bit lucky with their 1st 2 goals, it was a cake walk after that, smogs fell apart!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    Gotta say,
    i thought wba played nicer football under mowbray like!..

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #19

    I was definately conflicted come the end of the weekend..a more positive formation and hopefully steering clear of damaging injuries and I expect automatic promotion.

    If I’m being honest though i expect the baggies to win this league, they were resigned to relegation early on last season and consequently were more prepared for the transition coming into this season as well as being English footballs resident yo yo club a major plus must be noted however that we have already gotten a result from them away.

    Out of the three relegated clubs, naturally because we are run by a cockney moron we were the least prepared for the pitfalls that naturally come from being relegated. Having said that however we have a stronger first team squad despite our loses to our rivals first team squads but i think the difference will ultimately be experience and the fact that we have a comparatively thin squad to our nearest rivals.

    Bottom line was last season we were filled with over payed has-beens lacking any real passion to match the level of support and a total revamp was necessary. Hopefully now this at first thought disaster will lead to the club away from attitudes that have lead to such miserable failings in the past. Its just a shame it took this happening for the necessary changes to come into effect. Still hopeful we will rightfully once again return to being a premiership club next season…but there is a lot of work and hard graft to be done for that to become a reality.

  • giimps

    Sep 21, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #20

    I think the reason we were so rubbish was we were playing with 1 up front and no width, Hughton needs to play with 2 strikers every game,2 wingers to terrorise them, there is nothing to be scared of in this league if we get our formations right.
    Protect the back 4, with a sweeper type (smith) and we will destroy most teams in this league with our pace and ability,(especially once jonas and shola come back) in the mean time, use Ranger ,Kazenga etc along side, Nolan ,Carrol etc, Youth, pace and experience will see us win much more than we lose or draw.

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 21, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #21

    Attack Attack !!
    Need more players…we are flat,1 dimensional and pretty boring….tuff times ahead if the Gormless Muppet Show remain in Town…Tossers.

  • lesh

    Sep 22, 2009 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #22

    With all due credit to the 50k runners who took part and brought great credit to themselves and Tyneside, here’s a very irrevent take on the Great North Run by one of the smaller tabloids!



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