Well what a great result it was for the Toon. Once again we have come out on top in the Wear-Tyne derby and taken all three points with the bragging rights to boot!
A player who has really impressed me this week, and in the last match against Arsenal to be fair, has to be Ryan Taylor. He has managed to score his first Premier League goal in a black and white shirt with a trademark free kick that many will remember him scoring against us. There has been many times when he has been criticised by the fans for the way that he has played, but I think he due for some credit after the way he has stepped in when needed.
Last week many were surprised with the news that Raylor was set to start at left-back. However news came through that James Perch had become injured during the warm up and that allowed Taylor to slot into an unfamiliar position. In a way I was pleased that Perch wasn’t starting at left-back as I thought he would be a liability.
Although the Liverpool born player is more accustomed to plyying his trade at right-back or right-midfield he put a very good shift in against Arsenal. He got close to his attacker so that they wouldn’t be able to get past him and managed to block the ball when a cross came in. I thought he played very well considering that he doesn’t naturally play there.
Yesterday was another example of why I thought Ryan Taylor played really well, he again managed to block the ball when a cross came in and at times in our own box he booted the ball out of there so that the team would be able to regroup. The other thing that has helped over the last couple of games is the fact that JonasGutierrez has been working his socks off in order to help his team-mate out. Having his team-mate come back and help him out is a huge benefit as it doesn’t leave him too exposed.
What can I say about that free kick? What a way to get your first goal for the Toon in a Derby match. It was struck expertly by Raylor and it flew into the back of the net to give us the advantage. Words can’t sum up how delighted I was when that goal went in. The goal swung the pendulum in our favour and it allowed us to come out in top in the 144th Wear-Tyne Derby.
Of course many will not be happy with Wor Ryan playing at left-back but he has shown in the last two games that he is capable of putting in a shift for us. I would still like the club to bring in a left-back so that we do have someone who can naturally play there but I would have no worries with Raylor playing there for a few more games.
Speaking after the match Alan Pardew commented on the free kick magician: “That right foot of his is a fantastic weapon. We are playing him at left-back and we are looking to bring in another, but he will have to be a good one to take Ryan out of the team.”
It is clear that Pardew is full of praise for the Liverpudlian and rightly so as he produced the goods that sealed a victory for the Toon. What a way to win the game and Ryan Taylor has shown the Newcastle faithful that he can play at left-back and produce wonder moments to help our beloved side beat the Mackems.
And on that note I’ll leave you with this…