Wages Should Be Docked for Saturday’s Performance

Steven Taylor, our 22 year-old center-back, has talked about the nightmare, which was the second half against Aston Villa on Saturday, in which the whole side completely capitulated, gave up 4 goals, and stopped even trying by the end of the game.


Steven Taylor – it was just like at Old Trafford

It was an unacceptable standard of play from Newcastle, to say the very least – and their wages should have been docked for the performance. They will not dock their wages, we know that, and we’re only being half serious when we say that – but there’s lot of fans out there who would agree with us.

Too many of our players just didn’t turn up in the second half.Steven Taylor talked about the game to the Newcastle Journal today:

“It was very disappointing to say the least,” “We played well in the first half and I thought the team performance was quality, but then it just went in the second half. It reminded me of Old Trafford when we lost 6-0. The shape went and our heads were gone.”

“If you look at the first-half performance I don’t think you can say the team is brittle because we played well. But when the first goal went in, I don’t know what it is, I don’t know whether we are feeling sorry for ourselves or what, but we’ve got to snap out of it.”

“We’ve got to dig ourselves out of a hole and the only way we are going to do that is if we stick together. We can’t afford to feel sorry for ourselves. In fact, that’s probably the worst thing we can do because we haven’t got a game for two weeks.”

“Only we can sort this out and we’ve got to take a long hard look at ourselves on the training ground in the next couple of weeks to put this right. We’ve got to improve, it’s as simple as that.”

Newcastle played a good tight game in the first half and deserved their 1-0 interval lead and things were looking really good, with a few good performances in the first half, and some decent football being played by Newcastle.

But it didn’t take too long for the team to collapse and we were 2-1 behind after just 6 minutes of the second half. From then on it was all downhill, just like it was at Old Trafford a few weeks ago – an absolutely disgraceful second half performance from the players, and not good enough by far.

Taylor added:

“The first goal was a killer because it was a deflected shot, but then we fell apart from set-pieces. Aston Villa have got a reputation for scoring goals from set-pieces but we didn’t deal with that threat.”

“We knew what they were all about, in the first half we got after them and their fans were not very happy at half-time. But the second half, they scored a deflected goal and that was it. It’s back to the drawing board, we’ll look back at this game, what went wrong and we’ll take it from there.”

“We’re not thinking about a relegation, not at all, we’ve just got a big game coming up against Manchester United and we’re concentrating on that. Relegation doesn’t come into the equation.”

What every Newcastle player needs to do from now until the end of the season, is when and if they are selected for the team, make sure they put in a good shift and give 100% in terms of effort and skill, when they are on the field. Oh, and also do the same thing in training. In other words start earning your excessive wages.

The club is in the position they are because too many of our players have not done that in too many of our games this season – and that’s the problem, or at least one of them.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Hammy

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #1

    That drawing board must need replacing by now surely….they’ve been back to it now often enough……

  • Nobby!

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #2

    I honestly don’t get it. We have the players, we have the manager (now), and hell yeah, they’ve got the support.

    So what’s wrong?!

  • UTD111

    Feb 11, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #3

    If we keep playing like that relegation certainly will come into the equation – its no good kidding ourselves, we need some good results and we need them fast.

  • Mr T

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #4

    Not in relegation???

    Not yet, but getting no points from our next three games won’t help either!

    Not only will the smoggs be above us, the bleeding makems might be!!! :s

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #5

    Taylor is bang on this one.The players are responsible for that defeat.Milner was trying as was owen.I think harper should be put in net,Enrique should start next match and butt should be released big time.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6






    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Given(if fit)
    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre N’Zogbia
    Owen Martins

    Bench: Harper, Edgar, Duff, Lua Lua, Viduka


    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #8

    I couldnt give a f**k if boro finish above us their not a rivalry or the match isnt a derby in my opinion but we must finish above sunderland

  • Matt

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    What a ridiculous headline

  • valle

    Feb 11, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #10

    Docking the wages would do wonders to our players low morale and self-esteem no doubt


    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #11

    UTD 111 have you seen some of the comments on “Season Has Been a Disaster for Newcastle United ” keegan is only here to keep us up were getting a real manager before next season! what planet do some of these come from


  • toslem

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #12

    if kk builds the team around smith we will be playing cc next season that’s for sure

  • Martins

    Feb 11, 2008 at 1:26 PM

    Comment #13

    Capaca is Rubbish but he always plays, Carr is rubbish, Butt is rubbish but always plays when these three play i always know that we have not got a chance.

  • Leo*

    Feb 11, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #14

    dock their wages full stop! and only increase it when they proform…


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