Taylor – We Need Another Performance Tomorrow

Newcastle Hero Steven Taylor is clear what needs to be done against Birmingham City tomorrow, to secure the 3 points we desperately need.


Steve Taylor – just after scoring on Wednesday night – he looks happy

Newcastle have been guilty in the past of playing great against the good teams and poorly against the weaker teams. It’s been no different this season and we have a chance to fix that tomorrow.

We have to be clear that anything other than a win tomorrow, will not be a good result for us. Of course the last time Birmingham were at St. James Park we got taken apart 5-1 in the FA Cup 3rd round replay. It was just a terrible performance so we hope the lads remember that game.

Let’s see what Steven has been saying about the game.

“I got sent off against Birmingham in the FA Cup up here last season and everything that could go wrong did go wrong that night.” “We had done the hard work at St Andrews, only to concede a late equalizer.”

“It was a real kick in the teeth, not just for us, but for our fans who were hoping for a run in the FA Cup.” “The replay was one of the low points of my career, and I would love to put things straight tomorrow by helping us take all three points.”

Our result and performance against Arsenal on Wednesday night has lifted the doom and gloom from the City of Newcastle. But we have to concentrate on every single game and not carried away, or too depressed, about any single performance. A good solid workman-like performance, and a win, is what we need tomorrow to keep the mood high.

Steven added:

“We were fantastic against Arsenal, and I felt we deserved to win it.” “But that will not count for anything unless we perform against Birmingham.”

“We’ve got to forget about the Arsenal game, and concentrate on getting a win.” “It’s been a while since we’ve had one, and we need some points on the board.”

“We have to improve, and not just at St James’s Park. We have to improve our away performances.” “Like last year, they haven’t been as good as we would like them to be.” “We’re struggling at the moment, and the sooner we can improve on that, the better.”

It will be another full house tomorrow at St. James’ Park, and let’s hope we can maintain the good form we showed on Wednesday. That would be a minimum requirement.

Comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • Hadrian

    Dec 7, 2007 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Ed , i know its just rumors , but you should run the story about owen and man city .
    id like to hear other opinions on the price tag , cos imo id tell them to shove 8 mill up their ass .
    and , does sam have the right to sell on our world class superstars when his jobs in doubt , hardly a great start for a new manager (if sam’s fails) to come into a team gutted of players and replaced with battling meatheads

  • SuperShearer

    Dec 7, 2007 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #2

    Hadrian totally agree with you on the price tag of Owen, 8 Million is far too little. However if we were offered somewhere between 12 and 15 million then I think we should take it. Owen’s constant injuries are an annoyance and the reeality is that Martins these days is probably a better all round player. I hate to say that as I like Owen but I want the best 11 players out on the pitch and what worries me is that Owen is picked on reputation. On the other hand if we start playing a more intelligent style of football then our best two strikers would be Owen and Martins. It’s a tough one but 15 million would go a long way 8 like you say….shove it right up the Swede’s ass!

  • Dragoner

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #3

    anything between 10 million and 15 million and Owen should go. He simply overshadows other players becuse of his useless reputation. A reputation to score goals when he simply is not a great goal scorer anymore

  • Leo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #4

    i agree we should sell owen, he hasnt shown enough to us, people are going to say he is miles better etc etc etc. but if he isnt playing then that is no good…

  • scott 9

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #5

    owen should not go hes our best striker and one of the best srikers in the world and sam wont let him go anyway unless his injuries get any worse

  • Leo

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #6

    how could owens injury situation get any worse, 25 games for us!!!!!! he is never fit. take the rose tinted specs off

  • Hadrian

    Dec 7, 2007 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #7

    i could never be happy ith less than 10 mill for him, even thats pushing it .
    i cringe at the thought of selling him , love to see him come good at the toon . but hios attitude and injury record speaks or themselves .
    im also not sure how he would fit in with sam’s playstyle of having forwards graft all game , owens not that type of player. but this is for sam to decide i suppose .
    id only be willing to sell owen , if we do not get crouch or some sort of target man in january .
    if we buy a nice big strong lampost in th january sales it’d be nice to see how owen comes on .
    and maybe saint mick might of swallowed his pride by now and adopted allerdyces prevention methods , by his tone and statements he certainly rubished them a few month back .

  • Kevin

    Dec 7, 2007 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #8

    I completely agree with Hadrian. He’s a great striker but doesn’t fit in with Sam’s plans. So if Sam stays, Owen should go. Remember when Henry got sold to Barca, it was upsetting for gooners at first, but once he left the players were more free to play the game they wished to play without the pressure. Owen needs good quick service near the goal to perform. This is something he doesn’t get with this team. Oba, on the other hand, can create chances for himself. He needs to keep playing and he’ll score more and more. Sell Owen, keep Oba.

  • ToonKing

    Dec 7, 2007 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #9

    Kevin, i’m sorry but Oba is shite recently, we must keep Owen.

  • geordie down south

    Dec 7, 2007 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #10

    nothing less than 13 mil for owen..would love to see him stay .. the thiing is consitency from allardyce..look at the lineups i may be wrong but there different all the time..yess its hard with injuries but martins is our best striker..why the f*** is sam playiing him in right wing like he did a couple of weeks back..?!?!?..owen is a top class player..gutted he keeps gettin injured..WHEN PLAYING FOR ENGLAND..keep owen thou..now england are not in a tournament this summer and no qualifiers til sept..hopefully he can get over this injury..have a good run of games..get us some goals and..then see in the summer..

    sam needs to give who he thinks are his best team three – 5 games (until the end of december) on the trot no changes..if possible..then see how theve performed try and find any weak links..and sort these positions out in the january transfer window..

    ..have to admit didnt want allardyce..but now weve got him keep him for a few years..unless he distroys us.. bring shearer in..in a coaching role maybe…mould him into our next manager..

    ..performance on wednesday was awesome..

    ..need more of the same..

    ..hopefully sam will keep the same lineup tommorrow..

    just want to be able to walk into college on a monday morning and have people say great result to me.. instead of ha newcastle are sh*t..

  • scott 9

    Dec 7, 2007 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #11

    i love martins hes class but owen is better and deep down everyone nows hes better than martins

  • Kevin

    Dec 7, 2007 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #12

    Sorry King and Scott – I just can’t agree (which is another reason this blog is fantastic). Just because Oba’s been “shite recently” doesn’t mean he should be jettisoned. Owen’s health and (at least very soon) age are liabilities which Oba doesn’t have. I appreciate the lad’s ability but he’s a square peg in a round hole and last year’s Chelsea and this year’s England teams proved that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts.

  • Bill f

    Dec 7, 2007 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #13

    What sticks in my mind was the comment earlier in the season when Sams experts were saying that Owen has to maintain a strict regime of fitness exercises to prevent the type of injuries he has been getting. Well they don’t seem to be working as he is still getting them. The one in the England game was from a fairly simple stretch involving a shot at goal.

    I would dearly love to see a fully fit MO just so we could see if he is the player we think he ought to be. I have a feeling some how it is not going to happen and Sam should try and sell at the maximum price, whatever that may be and invest in Peter Crouch.

    I can’t see how it could effect the dynamic of the team as he hasn’t played many full games anyway.

  • Brisbane Mag

    Dec 8, 2007 at 12:59 AM

    Comment #14

    Owen is injured too often and has only 18 months left oon his contract. If an offer of £12M+ is received, we should take it and buy a decent replacement, who will hopefully play minimum 25 games per season and 25 games in 2.5 years…….

  • geordie down south

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    f*** me my comment erlier was an essay!!

    didnty realise how much i wrote ha

  • Bill f

    Dec 8, 2007 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Yep when the muse is upon you. 🙂

  • scott 9

    Dec 8, 2007 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #17

    bill and leo i agree his injuries are really bad and if they continue we should forget about and play oba but im saying when he gets abck fit just give him chance to prove his fitness he will be our best and most valuable player as he is the best out and out striker in the league

  • scott 9

    Dec 8, 2007 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    wheb he gets fit he could score 12 golas in the second half of the season


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