Ryan Taylor savours best result of NUFC season

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RYAN Taylor savoured the biggest result yet of Newcastle United’s season.

Taylor and his team-mates beat Manchester United 3-0 at a sold-out stadium last night.

Strikes from Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye and an own goal from visiting defender Phil Jones, saw Alan Pardew’s side put a disappointing run of results behind them.

“We can love this moment – it’s a fantastic result,” Taylor told SportMail. “What a great performance by the lads. It was tough, even at 2-0 up you are never safe against Man United.

“I know they had a couple of chances and one off the line. Other than that I thought the lads were outstanding.

“The third goal (from Jones) may have been a bit lucky, but it capped off a great night in front of 52,000 bonkers Geordies loving every minute of it.

“The players did too. We’re buzzing to beat Man United and to do it in front of your own fans, and take four points of them, is a great achievement.”

“It was about graft, but things just clicked on the night.

“We played the two big men up front (Ba and Shola Ameobi) and they caused problems.

“The way they’ve been going defensively, we were going to get a few chances.

“Demba’s goal was a great finish. He’s scored some great goals this year, but to score before he leaves (for the African Nations Cup) means he has left in great circumstances.”

Taylor was handed a start on the right side of midfield with Gabriel Obertan not 100 per cent fit.

And the 27-year-old – who scored a stunning set-piece winner against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light earlier this season – let Cabaye take the free-kick early in the second half which he converted to give Newcastle a 2-0 lead.

“I said ‘I’ll have the first one and he can have the second’,” said Taylor. “His free-kick was outstanding and I have to take my hat off to him.

“I’ll keep working hard on mine and hopefully another will come soon.”

– MILES STARFORTH