Taylor holds hands up over pen
Steven Taylor admits the referee was right to award a penalty against him during Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Tottenham.
Last Updated: 16/10/11 8:34pm
Steven Taylor admits the referee was right to award a penalty against him during Newcastle's 2-2 draw with Tottenham at St James' Park on Sunday afternoon.
Taylor brought down Emmanuel Adebayor to concede a spot-kick from which Rafael van der Vaart gave Spurs a first-half lead, but with match official Lee Probert taking his time over a decision, there appeared to be doubt over how much contact had been made.
However, the defender concedes the referee was correct in his judgement.
Despite that blip, he believes Newcastle's determination showed as they twice fought back to stay unbeaten in the Premier League.
"I think it was a penalty, I made contact and I'm disappointed with that," Taylor said on Sky Sports HD1.
"But credit to the lads, we came back and it was fully deserved.
"There's determination and a winning mentality in the squad and today that showed."
Although they had twice trailed, Newcastle finished on top after first Demba Ba levelled, then Shola Ameobi cancelled out Jermaine Defoe's strike to make it 2-2, and Fabricio Coloccini had a late chance to win it for the Magpies.
"We knew if we got a goal it was going to be electric here and the fans got behind us and rode us on," said Taylor.
"From going a goal behind we came back and were unlucky to get a point."
Cheick Tiote, named man of the match, said he felt Newcastle had passed an important test as they bid to keep up their excellent start to the season.
"It was a really good game, played well and we deserved the point," he said. "It was a big test because everybody knows Tottenham is a good team and today we saw that."
Newcastle stay fourth with a match against struggling Wigan next on the agenda.
"There's loads of confidence," Taylor said. "We're playing well so bring on the next game against Wigan. We're looking forward to it."