Steven Taylor praises young Newcastle side after Brugge victory

After their Europa League win over the Belgians has left them top of their group, the Magpies central defender has given credit to his youthful team-mates and their character
Newcastle defender Steven Taylor has praised the young side’s character after their 1-0 victory over Club Brugge in the Europa League.

The Magpies side had an average age of 21, but did not look overawed by the occasion at St James’ Park, and the 26-year-old was full of praise for his team-mates after the game.

Taylor told ESPN: “I think in the performance from our boys, throughout we showed great character. It was a great result for us and a great win.

“Everyone performed well. Young Shane Ferguson performed great, as did Sammy Ameobi.

“We see him play like that in training, and he has now produced it on the big stage.”

Taylor has also spoken of his optimism for the Magpies in the competition, as they now sit top of their group unbeaten, having also not conceded a goal in their three group games.

He added: “We’ve got to maintain that now and carry it on.

“We’ve got some difficult away trips now, so hopefully we have set down our marker tonight and we can move on.”

Taylor’s team-mate Gabriel Obertan scored the only goal of the game at the beginning of the second half, and was delighted to make a telling contribution having not seen much playing time in the Premier League.

Obertan said: “I don’t get to play much in the Premier League, so it’s good to play in the Europa League and persuade the gaffer that I can hopefully play more games in the league.

“Overall tonight though, it’s the win that is the most important thing.”