Newcastle United midfielder Ryan Taylor netted a screamer of a free kick in the Toon's 4-3 win over Chelsea in the League Cup on Wednesday evening, and was delighted to have helped end the Blues' campaign in the competition.
The versatile player is one of Newcastle's less flashy stars, a man who has been hailed in the past for his unfussy attitude to football and strong work ethic. But the former Wigan Athletic man was unreserved when it came to expressing his delight at the win at Stamford Bridge.
“It was absolutely brilliant for us to get through against such a respected team as Chelsea. But I think that all of the lads that were involved deserved this victory," Taylor told reporters.
“We battled hard all the way through and have done what a few teams have been unable to do and score four times at Stamford Bridge.
“That can only be a good thing for us but everybody was thrilled with the result and we can now look ahead to the next round."
Taylor was modest when it came to assessing his stunning free kick strike, however.
He added: “I was just happy to see it go in and help the team get through."
Team-mate Andy Carroll was more effusive though, and was pleased his colleague's hard work on the training ground had paid off.
"Ryan is forever practicing free-kicks for hours on end after training and it was brilliant to see that hard work pay off for him at Chelsea," he said.