Whilst Newcastle fans were welcoming Steve McClaren back to St James Park, Ipswich supporters were getting their first proper look at Steven Taylor.
After a shocking display in midweek at Portman Road when Derby County won 3-0, Mick McCarthy rang the changes and gave Steven Taylor his Ipswich debut.
The former Newcastle defender last played back in October for Portland Timbers, before mutually agreeing to end his two and a half year contract some two years early.
As a free agent, Taylor trained with and then signed for Ipswich until the end of the season, so what did the Ipswich fans make of him? Read their reaction below.
Ipswich put in a much better performance and whilst they did end up only drawing 2-2 after leading twice, it was a far better performance and gave Newcastle a helping hand as Reading have been in excellent form.
Manager Mick McCarthy was impressed with the team and in particular Steven Taylor and his other new signings:
“I made a few changes and the new faces have helped liven up the place and gave us all a spark.
“I thought the performance was great and I think we probably deserved to win it.”
Comments on Steven Taylor from Ipswich fans via their top message board TWTD:
‘Steven Taylor was excellent yesterday.
I thought for a player who was obviously not up to full speed on the fitness front yet and will only get better with more games. He organised everything at the back and even Chambers looked half decent for periods.
I think our back four will look very different next season and a Taylor, Webster partnership looks a good starting point for the way forward.’
‘Taylor was an excellent signing. When we heard he was training with us I thought no way will we actually get him.’
‘Really baffled by all this excitement of taylor signing.’
‘Justified after his performance yesterday.’
‘I was a bit concerned initally but yesterday’s performance was encouraging
He looks like a good a leader, we got Mowbray late in his career and he was excellent for us. Hopefully Taylor can do similar.’
‘I can see Taylor being exactly the same, passing on experience and knowledge on and off the pitch.’
‘Taylor will have plenty of offers in the summer, depends whether he likes it here, is offered a good contract, is happy with the current/new manager.’
‘Theres no question about his ability,but hes a player thats been plagued with injuries his whole career.’
‘Steven Taylor has around 200 premier league games and younger than Chambers and Berra. i think it’s the best signing of the window.’
‘Lets not forget we can offer Taylor a longer contract at any point. We don’t have to wait until the summer.’
‘I worry that if he turns out to be any good a top wage paying Championship side will come in and offer him double what we do.’
‘If he starts looking good can somebody ask Lady Elsie to give him a ring and tell him how proud Bobby would be to see him in a town shirt.’
‘He wont be here next season,and planing on building team around someone who has hardly played in the last 4 seasons is crazy.’
‘The extra leadership seemed to encourage Chambers too.
Steven Taylor looks a good addition on and off the field.
‘He looked like a leader to me, I was impressed with his pushing the defensive line up and his headed clearance. A good addition I think based on this one game of course.’
‘I’ve said a few times that I think Taylor looks to me to be very much like a Tony Mowbray type signing, of a similar age… give him a few seasons here and his last game could be a victorious play off final at Wembley…’
‘At his age you’d have thought he may want some stability in his career but we will see
If he does stay, hopefully it’s another Mowbray scenario where we get a few years service from a player who has been a decent centre back.’