You’ve got to love him don’t you…Steven Taylor doesn’t seem quite to know that sometimes less is more when it comes to easing your way back into the team.

On his return to the team, the 30 year old defender put in a decent shift and never looked troubled throughout the 90 minutes.

If only you could play against Victor Anichebe every week…

Steven Taylor says that a trip to Qatar got him just right in the final stages of his comeback and now he says he has his ‘swagger back’ and he feels ‘a million dollars’.

In a dressing room that seems a bit short on big characters, the Geordie defender could have a big role to play, something that Steve McClaren remarked upon after yesterday’s game – praising both Taylor and Cheick Tiote for their part in the win.

However, with Steven Taylor maybe (for his own sake) he should just politely decline media opportunities until he has at least a few more games/points under his belt…

Steven Taylor talking to the official club website:

“I’ve got my buzz and my swagger back. So far, so good. I feel a million dollars.

“I was out in Qatar for a week in January doing the final stages of my rehab and that was a huge help. When I came back I told the head coach I was ready and hungry.

“I’ve had to sit patiently. I’ve found myself out of the team but I’ve got my head down, grafted and waited for my chance to come.

“Today I was back to where I want to be, playing football for Newcastle United. There is no better feeling.”

“Coming into the game, there was pressure on our shoulders because there is a lot of frustration at the moment.

“But we started off fantastically, we controlled the game with our possession, we made them run a lot, they were frightened with what we had going forward, and I thought we looked solid at the back.

“From Mitro all through the pitch to Robbie, I thought everyone worked so hard and played their part.

“We still need to finish our chances but we got the goal, controlled things and saw the game out well. We kept a clean sheet and everyone crawled off that pitch because it was a great team performance. It was a job well done.”