Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Proves He's Got the X-Factor

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Taylor Proves He's Got the X-Factor

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Byline: Luke Edwards

STEVEN Taylor insisted he had the X-Factor after the centreback hit back at the training ground mickey takers following his early goal in the 3-1 win over Plymouth Argyle.

United were made to work hard for all three points at St James's Park and at times struggled to find any sort of rhythm as Plymouth equalised early in the second half and briefly suggested they could pull off an upset.

But the Magpies' quality eventually told with second-half goals from Kevin Nolan and Andy Carroll, after manager Chris Hughton finally switched to a more attacking 4-4-2 formation on the hour mark.

Taylor was delighted with the response to the defeat at Blackpool last week and was just as happy to silence the United coaching staff - who have nicknamed him Simon Cowell.

"I've been getting a bit of stick about my white teeth from the lads," said Taylor, whose goals as a centre-half are becoming a useful bonus to the team. "They've been telling me I've had them chemically whitened so I gave it the XFactor sign when I scored.

"I've taken loads of stick off the coaching staff, they've been getting at me all week calling me Simon Cowell this and Simon Cowell that.

"I was going to hitch the shorts right up to my nipples, I thought that would have been a good celebration, but the fans would have thought 'what the hell is Steven Taylor doing'.

"Honestly, I've not had them whitened. It's just Colgate. The coaches drink a lot of coffee, that's why they've got yellow teeth.

They look so miserable the whole time because they're afraid to smile because of their yellow teeth."

Despite the smiles and jokes after the final whistle, United's performance was alarmingly disjointed either side of half time and it was only after Nolan's had restored their lead that an impressive crowd of 42,898 were able to relax. …

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