Newcastle star: We can now kick-start our season!

Steven Taylor

Steven Taylor feels as if Newcastle’s win over Leicester is the catalyst that can kick-start the Magpies season.

The 28-year-old central defender made his first start of the season at St James’ Park on Saturday, playing the full 90 minutes as the Magpies clinched their first league win of the season.

Gabriel Obertan netted his first goal of the season to clinch the victory, and a strong defensive performance saw the Magpies hold onto their lead against a surprisingly ineffective Leicester side.

Despite claiming three points, the North Eastern side remain in the bottom three, but Taylor is keen to see Alan Pardew’s men build upon their victory, with the hard work shown throughout the performance something missing during the early part of the season.

Speaking to Chronicle Live, Taylor said: “I think you could feel the relief all around the ground, when Obertan cut in and stuck it past Schmeichel.

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

“Once we got 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.”

Taylor was delighted to see the team work for each other, and they finally had luck on their side when Obertan’s strike slipped past Schmeichel in the Foxes net. The defender admitted that the victory was ‘ugly’, but he is keen to see the team take a confidence boost from the improved performance.

“Everyone put a shift in today,” he added.

“If we carried one person today we wouldn’t have got a result.

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

“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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