Derby Win Means More To Taylor

22 August 2011 10:08
Steven Taylor and Joey Barton finished the warm up at the Stadium Of Shite by going to the Toon fans to wind them up prior to the derby game . and that didn't go down well with the Mackems. But is showed the passion the two players have for the club, and without doubt the result meant so much more to them. The fact remains, those two know the Geordie way . and the fans love them for it. Steven Taylor: “There is still a lot of spirit within this club. “We have a small squad, but we stick together. We're very closely knit and we'll enjoy this result as a team. “In the past, that hasn't always been the case, but we're very close and we'll enjoy this together. It's going to be a fantastic night for us, just like it's going to be for everyone in the city. “The determination and the spirit was clear in the dressing-room beforehand. "The lads knew what it was all about. If the French lads were in any doubt about what this game meant, I'm pretty sure it was knocked out of them in the warm-up. "They knew what they were letting themselves in for. “I've had a few of these wins now and they're still as enjoyable. “There's nothing better than beating Sunderland. I love playing in these games and they're even better when you win. “I know what it means. It means as much to me as it does to the fans, that's why before the game I made a point of running over to them – to make sure we were all getting into it together. “We know how to handle ourselves in this kind of game. We have players who know how to fight. We probably couldn't have played any worse than we did in the first half, but they couldn't score. “So we said at half-time, 'Right, now it's our turn to play'. We wanted to settle their crowd and we did. We got more of the ball to our attacking players and that made a difference.”