You just couldn’t make it up could you?

Newcastle should have been playing against ten men for all but four minutes on Saturday and then we would almost certainly have not lost, probably won.

Then Coloccini would have been far less likely to get injured as United would have had more control of the ball/game and of course Steven Taylor wouldn’t have then being stretching himself to the limit trying to get Newcastle United back into the game.

I think Steven Taylor has had a pretty raw deal at times at St.James’ Park, from both the club and the fans at times.

The aftermath of the training ground incident with Carroll certainly seemed to have the club siding with the striker, the perception being that he was seen as a more valuable asset at the time.

Something backed up maybe by the fee that came in for the ponytailed one but the seeming lack of support for Steven Taylor was anything but acceptable.

Taylor at times has suffered from the old problem of also being a fan and growing up round these parts, which bizarrely at times makes it so much harder for some fans to accept him.

To me though he has always been one of our best players, total commitment and professionalism, alongside a confidence in himself that is a massive help in playing for Newcastle United.

This season he has been at his very best alongside another excellent player in Fabricio Coloccini, this Achilles injury is just so cruel at this stage of his season and career.

The real positives are that he is the type of character who will give total commitment and professionalism to his rehabilitation, plus he has a manager now in Alan Pardew who will give him the utmost support.

Steven Taylor is Newcastle through and through, let’s get the prayer mats out for a speedy recovery.