Tayls of the unexpected on Wearside

By Lee Ryder on Aug 20, 11 03:44 PM

They say sometimes that truth can be stranger than fiction - not for the first time it was perfectly applicable to Newcastle United at the Stadium of Light.

Not many are able to predict the twists of the black and white tapestry, but this one was a pleasant surprise to some.

In a emotionally pumped week that has included transfer woe, talk of FA charges, talk of Premier League rule breaking and problems surrounding the overall shape of the team, the scenes that greeted the final whistle from the away end at the Stadium of Light were a sight for sore eyes.

Indeed, as United players tossed their shirts into the Geordie crowd at the end of the 1-0 victory over Sunderland it was hard to believe it was the same team who started the team under pressure.

And considering the winning goal came from a player who started the week staring at the possibility of being dropped in Ryan Taylor, it all marked another topsy turvy week on Tyneside.

Taylor now joins an exclusive club of derby free-kick heroes such as Liam O'Brien and Scott Sellars and will probably never need to buy a drink in the Toon again.

There was even a stint at the top of the table for 20 minutes or so just to add to all the drama.

But this win has to be classed as a huge victory for Alan Pardew and his team.

Plenty of questions have been asked of Pardew and his team and here he answered some of them when it comes to team spirit and whether or not his players are fighting for the cause.

Defeat on Wearside was unthinkable while many would have been happy to grab a draw.

However, as Toon fans chanted "Ryan Taylor - over the wall" the win proved to ease at least some tension after a tough, tough summer.

Now it will be up to Pardew's board to get signings over the line before the window slams shut.

Toon fans aren't fooled by a single goal win against Sunderland, new additions are STILL required, not least a striker and a left-back.

For now, United fans will enjoy this sweet, sweet victory against a team whose fans genuinely believed they'd stole a march on Newcastle with their summer signings.

Indeed, several of Sunderland's summer signings were also tracked by United - but it was the likes of Wes Brown and Seb Larsson who emerged as deflated looking figures by the end of the Stadium of Light.

If Newcastle United's new boys such as Yohan Cabaye, Gabriel Obertan and Demba Ba wanted a start to the season to build on, then they've certainly got one.

*For further analysis see Monday's Chronicle.


Mark Carruthers said:

missed Emre off your free kick takers list Lee

Relton said:

Two points here:
1. Pardew is the footballing genius that said earlier in the week "I hope Ryan Taylor does not play" (the same footballing genius that dropped tevez for harewood etc etc etc).
2. AP has no argument to go upstairs and sign a left back - cos Taylor has just given Ashley the perfect counter argument.

Still thrilled though ! ! ! !


toonagain said:

Lee I think you've been getting more stick then MA lately but a half decent assessment here honest and on the fence as it should be.

You have to ask questions of steve bruce, he has bought a whole new team but still can't get it right; how long has he got..?

Great win for us and AP, well I hear he is going out on the toon for a drink haha that says out relieved and cocky he is feeling. I've given him as much stick as anyone, but honestly I hope he does well, as does every supporter does, but he'll need that striker and left if its to continue.

Chris Gray said:

It’s too early to get carried away but you can’t argue with 4 points and no goals conceded. I have backed Pardew and Ashley (to an extent) on this site before - if only to counter the mad, knee-jerk fools who won’t give either of them a chance, partly it seems because they’re cockneys. That can’t disqualify you – what about the greatest of them all, Macdonald? Or Rob Lee? I have said it before: we’re better off now than when Ashley came and, like it or not, he now has his own man in place. Just give them a chance – I think at the end of the season you’ll see us in a decent position with a developing squad and far healthier finances. Give me that any day – the alternative is the usual NUFC mentality of a child entering a sweet shop – we want it all now. That’s not realistic and it’s what got us into a difficult position in the first place. Although we might not like it (and I’m not pretending I do) it will take us years to get ourselves into a position to challenge the top 6, let alone the top 4 (even Keegan said so). A few glitzy signings (even if Ashley would sanction them) would do us no good whatsoever and would only take us backwards.

And check out Marveaux – throughout his career he seems to have played as often at left back as on the left wing. Watch this space.

Finally, for the forty-second consecutive year, I am confidently predicting that we’ll win the FA Cup.


Lee Ryder

Lee Ryder - Proudly born and bred on Tyneside, the Chronicle's chief sports writer has followed the fortunes of the club over the last three decades as a Toon fan and football writer.

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