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Steven Taylor – Newcastle controlled the second half to see out the win

6 years ago
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Steven Taylor believed the defining feeling was relief all around St.James’ Park at the final whistle on Saturday.

The defender admitting that back in the dressing room it was a case of cramp and tiredness, it having been noticeable that Taylor appeared to be signalling to the bench he wanted to come off in the later stages. No doubt feeling the effects of his first Premier League start of the season.

More contentiously, Steven Taylor claims that in seeing the game out, Newcastle controlled the second half, it certainly didn’t look the case from where I was sitting.

Relief;

“You could feel the relief all around the ground, when Obertan cut in and stuck it past Schmeichel.

“When Papiss Cisse missed his chance I thought that it might not be our day but credit where it is due, I thought we deserved it.

Back in dressing room it all kicked in;

“Once back in that changing room it was tiredness, cramp – it all kicked in.

“There was hard work throughout the team, which is what we needed.”

Wouldn’t have won carrying anyone;

“Everyone put a shift in today, if we carried one person today we wouldn’t have got a result.

“That is what you need to kick-start the season, when you see the games we have got coming up it is a massive confidence boost for us.

Controlled the second half;

“It hasn’t been going so well for us in recent weeks, but sometimes you have to win a bit ugly.

“I thought in the second half we stuck at it well and we controlled the game, and we saw the game off.”

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