Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: HAIL TAYLS; That Goal Was for Toon Army Says Hero Steve

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Football: HAIL TAYLS; That Goal Was for Toon Army Says Hero Steve

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Byline: By ALAN OLIVER Chief Sports Writer

GEORDIE boy Steven Taylor dubbed his equaliser against Arsenal as "the most important goal I have ever scored" and dedicated it to Newcastle United's "magnificent supporters."

The England Under-21 international is a black-and-white fan himself and his 59th-minute equaliser had hardly reached the back of the Arsenal net than he was off to celebrate with the supporters.

But his celebrations were a trifle more muted than after his first goal against Celta Vigo last season after being dubbed "Forrest Gump" by his United colleagues.

However, it was still an elated and upbeat Taylor who told me after the match: "It was my firs Park and I'm dedicating it to the fans - they were unbelievable.

"That's the most important one I've scored. What a time to score.

"Fortunately for me, Alan Smith's flick-on went through Oba Martins legs. It fell to me, and I was delighted it went into the back of the net. There's no better feeling than seeing the ball go in.

"My celebrations have calmed down a bit. I didn't go for a full lap, I just went for the Forrest Gump half-lap.

"It was great seeing the fans go wild in the Sir John Hall stand, and I'm sure they'd have all done the exact same thing as me.

"I'm just absolutely delighted for everybody. The lads were unbelievable, as was the whole team spirit."

The goal was Taylor's fifth for United and the fans would have seen real celebrations when he almost grabbed a late winner.

He added: "I nearly scored again late on but Emmanuel Eboue got it over his own crossbar. I don't know how he did that. It could have draw Mort added: "We did exactly what we had to do and got in amongst them.

"We performed in a way that is incredibly satisfying for everybody connected with Newcastle United.

"The fans would have gone home happy with themselves. …

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