Football

Taylor: Magpies' belief is back

Newcastle captain Steven Taylor hailed the confidence within the Newcastle squad after they claimed their fourth win in a row with a 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

Ayoze Perez scored the only goal in the second half as the Magpies continued their recent resurgence and Taylor believes his teammates are at last getting the rewards for their recent efforts.

"The belief is back now and that's what we needed," he told BT Sport 1. "I think we showed today what we're all about and we caught them on the counter attack many times.

Manager Alan Pardew (above left, with Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers) has come in for much criticism from the Newcastle fans and Taylor is delighted to see his boss turning things around.

"It was a great atmosphere today," he said. "Everybody is fully behind him and the main thing is, we keep winning and everybody is happy."

Pardew believes that criticism is just part of the experience of managing in such a footballing hotbed.

"This is Newcastle and you have to take note that there are real highs," he said. "I think Bobby Robson said the highs are massive here and the lows are equally as low.

"He needed a tin hat at times, I need a tin hat at times but when the good times come this is as good a city to be in as any."

The Reds have claimed just 14 points from their 10 games after finishing second in the league last season and Rodgers admits he can understand why supporters may be becoming frustrated.

"The progress this season is; we're going to be a slow process because there was so many changes," he said.

"We didn't create enough. We had enough of the ball, we had enough of the possession, found it in good areas, we just didn't create enough in the final third and then we gave away a very bad goal to lose the game 1-0." - PA Sport.