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:
â€œIt was very disappointing to say the least,â€ â€œWe 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.â€
â€œIf you look at the first-half performance I donâ€™t think you can say the team is brittle because we played well. But when the first goal went in, I donâ€™t know what it is, I donâ€™t know whether we are feeling sorry for ourselves or what, but weâ€™ve got to snap out of it.â€
â€œWeâ€™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 canâ€™t afford to feel sorry for ourselves. In fact, thatâ€™s probably the worst thing we can do because we havenâ€™t got a game for two weeks.â€
â€œOnly we can sort this out and weâ€™ve got to take a long hard look at ourselves on the training ground in the next couple of weeks to put this right. Weâ€™ve got to improve, itâ€™s as simple as that.â€
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 didnâ€™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 â€“ an absolutely disgraceful second half performance from the players, and not good enough by far.
â€œThe 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 didnâ€™t deal with that threat.â€
â€œWe 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. Itâ€™s back to the drawing board, weâ€™ll look back at this game, what went wrong and weâ€™ll take it from there.”
“Weâ€™re not thinking about a relegation, not at all, weâ€™ve just got a big game coming up against Manchester United and weâ€™re concentrating on that. Relegation doesnâ€™t come into the equation.â€
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.