I’ll never forget THAT ‘over the wall’ goal against Sunderland – Pardew

DERBY WINNER ... Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal against Sunderland last season.
DERBY WINNER ... Ryan Taylor celebrates his goal against Sunderland last season.

HIGHS? Almost too many to mention.

Alan Pardew’s tenure at Newcastle United has already had its ups and downs.

Alan Pardew

Alan Pardew

And the free-kick from Ryan Taylor, pictured, in the last Wear-Tyne derby – won 1-0 by his team – is up there with the remarkable four-goal comeback against Arsenal.

“I’ve had massive highs – the biggest I’ve had in football apart from, perhaps, the couple of cup finals,” Pardew told the Gazette ahead of Newcastle’s return to the Stadium of Light on Sunday.

“Certainly, the Arsenal game, which was just phenomenal. The win against Sunderland, with the Ryan Taylor goal. It was a fantastic goal.

“The Tottenham game when Shola (Ameobi) hit the second goal.

“The Liverpool win in my first game, and the Liverpool win last year, of course, when Andy Carroll came back and everything else was going on and the little circus that went on with (Jose) Enrique.”

The low which sticks in Pardew’s mind came in the FA Cup, when the club fell victim to an old-fashion giant killing.

“There were some big lows too, with Stevenage sticking in my mind as the biggest. I was very, very disappointed with that performance, and I can say that now.”

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