Steven Taylor has heaped praise on Newcastle manager Alan Pardew, for the fantastic team spirit and winning mentality instilled at St James' Park this year.
Early season critics tipping the club to struggle in the Barclays Premier League this term have been confounded, with the Magpies sitting proudly in fourth spot, and remaining unbeaten in their opening seven games.
"It is just team spirit and determination," Taylor enthused. "The gaffer has built up a winning mentality with the lads.
"In pre-season in America we all sat down and knew what our targets were, but for the time being we are taking it a game at a time and it is working for us."
Newcastle also boast the best defensive record in the entire country having conceded just four goals, causing Taylor to hail the defensive exploits of club captain and centre-back partner Fabricio Coloccini, as well as newly installed stopper Tim Krul.
"It is fantastic playing with Coloccini," he added. "He leads by example and I think his performances have been fantastic this season.
"Also Tim Krul some of the saves he has made - that's why he is in the Holland squad. His confidence has gone straight through the roof and that has gone all the way to the strikers.
"Leon [Best], Demba [Ba] Shola [Ameobi] and Peter [Lovenkrands] are scoring goals and it gives the gaffer a headache and I think that's what you need."
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