Date: 8th October 2008 at 8:20pm
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Following his eventful afternoon at Goodison on Sunday, Joe Kinnear has lauded makeshift fullback Steven Taylor for the shift he put in and the crucial goal he grabbed on the turn of the half. With Taylor nominally a centre-half, his marauding runs certainly hinted at a more attacking role where he could get away with the slips currently associated with his defensive play. Joe said:

“I don`t want to ask anyone to play out of position, but when Habib Beye told me he just wasn`t ready that`s what I had to do with Taylor. I know he is a central defender but he went in at right-back without any complaints and I thought he put all the previous problems that he has had behind him.

He was probably our man of the match at Goodison Park in a lot of respects. He had a terrific performance, and a terrific game. He scored a great goal.“