Taylor Can’t Believe What’s Happened at Newcastle

Newcastle were doing fairly well on Saturday when they were still level at 0-0 after 43 minutes, and looked like reaching half time all square.


Steven Taylor – what’s happened in last few months?

But then calamity struck as Jose Enrique’s attempted clearance looped back off Jermaine Pennant for the first Liverpool goal. It was terrible luck and poor Jose just couldn’t believe it. But Liverpool then got another when the great Fernando Torres (what a player!) shot home after 45 minutes.

And then after 6 minutes of the second half Gerrard made it 3 and Liverpool were home and dry.

England Under-21 Captain Steven Taylor talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I don’t know why, it’s happened a lot for the last few months,” “It’s frustrating for all the players and the lads had their heads down for a bit but we have to stick together, it’s a massive factor now and we know we have to do it.”

“There’s no point blaming other players, we have to look in the mirror, react and put in that bit more. At half-time the manager told us we were still in the game, we had to just keep doing what we’d been doing and it would come.”

“We felt we were still in it. We looked at them before the game at set-pieces and I honestly believed we could have got a goal and frustrate them, but the third goal was a killer.”

“We frustrated them pretty well and you could see some of the Liverpool players getting frustrated, the fans got a little quiet,” Taylor noted. “But (Pennant’s) was a freak goal and it just killed our team shape.

“You blink and it’s 2-0. Gerrard and Torres are good players but there’s only so much respect you can give them and for 42 minutes we handled them pretty well.”

“But a freak goal went in, it killed us a bit and we felt a bit sorry for ourselves. You’ve got to realize you’re in the Premiership and you can’t afford to do that.”

“We’ve got Birmingham next and that’s all we’re looking forward to now. Everyone’s got to make sure we get on-side and we’ll get a result there, simple as that. They’re below us and we’ve got to make sure we win.”

If that 40 yard shot from Martins had gone in, rather than almost breaking the cross-bar we could have sees a fight back from the lads. At least Martins was getting in amongst the Liverpool defenders.  But it wasn’t to be, although surely Obafemi did enough to start against Birmingham – this lad has guts galore, and that’s what we need in the team right now.

A win at Birmingham is what we desperately need, and we have a full week to prepare for that game. That’s one of the advantages we have – we have a full week to prepare for each game.

But if we show the lack of commitment that was shown on Saturday it will not do us much good.

The boys just have to give their all next Monday, nothing less than that will be acceptable.

23 comments so far

  • Stami

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    a perfect confidence booster would be to stick it to em 4-0 and walk away with a smile on every players face!!!

  • GP

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Martins has got to play instead of Smith. Everybody in Newcastle knows it except Keegan.

  • Eric

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #3

    If you want to boost confidence keep your gob shut about a new contract until we are safe. Too much sounding off by players in the media (e.g., Butt) and not enough hard blowing on the pitch. Come on Oba – it is up to you. If it was not for local lad Harper we have been stuffed.

  • Hammy

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #4

    Maybe we should kidnap Smith…anybody know where he lives?

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #5

    taylor has just stated the lads heads went down,no heart no spirit they roll over to easliy,next 2 games we must win at all cost or its goodbye to the prem, the mackems would love it if we went down and they stayed up

  • Dragoner

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    If keegan continues to play smith and butt, and we go down it will clearly show keegan does not know what he is doing. simple

  • toonhitman

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #7

    100% agree dragoner these manu rejects are not good enough kk has to wake up

  • Phil P

    Mar 10, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #8

    I think people are underestimating b’ham, theyre a good side at home, look how they spanked spurs, carling cup or no. Id personally be happy with a draw and the defence looking solid, and look to come out all guns blazin against fulham the week after n spank em into the next week.

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #9

    keegan im sure wants to play martins instead of smith, but because smith surely has it in his contract that he must play, he cant play him… hang head in shame smith

  • Ste

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:01 PM

    Comment #10

    Wasn’t one of the main reason we all wanted rid of big Sam was his team selection. Keegan isn’t listening to the fans either, we all want to see Martins play, sadly we may see him leave in th esummer to go and play at the level he deserves!

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #11

    hammy i will help kidnap him with you, as long as we arent going to try and kill him, just lock him away in a hair dressers for the day, he would love that

  • obafemiMartins

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #12

    lets start a petition for oba to start next monday!!

  • steve

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Personally I’d like to see Oba and Carroll upfront in place of Owen and Smith, and put young Wes in midfield instead of Barton, we’re probably stuck with Butt as a holding midfielder until we can buy someone

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 10, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Ste, i don’t think getting a coach that ‘listens’ to the fans is the answer mate, otherwise we’d be the coach- i’ve never seen that happen before!..
    …But i do agree with you on the Martins front, why oh why is smith on the field instead of him,
    only the football gods can answer that one bro’!..
    …Team selection, team selection, team selection!..

  • Scott Hodge

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #15

    If Smith has it in his contract that ‘if fit’ he must play then I’d make sure he came off the training ground unfit if you know what I mean. The way he has played for the club I wouldnt be too bothered if he picked up an injury that would keep him out until his contract was up, then pack his bags and sling him out the club !!

  • Davies

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #16

    Getting a bit sick of the team selection issue. Does Smith Really have a clause in his contract that says he has to play?

    Surely it would be madness to agree to such a thing. He’s not even 3rd best.

    Same goes with Barton and Butt. We have Zog and Emre who are a handful in central midfield and would rings around Licky and Jailbird Joey. Why does Keegan keep making these dreadful team selections.

    As for Stephen Taylor, I hope he gets his form back. I didn’t see the game on Saturday and by the time I’d heard the result, I decided I wasn’t even going to bother with MOTD for the highlights. I don’t know how he played against Liverpool, but he’s made some very expensive mistakes this season. Perhaps he should spend more time working on that rather than doing press interviews.

    I’m getting tired with facing defeat everytime we take to the pitch. Apart from the match against Blackburn last week, our team has looked like it would struggle in the Championship.

  • lupe

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #17

    maybe its something do with feng shui of newcastle

  • Leo

    Mar 10, 2008 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #18

    yes scott hodge i wouldnt loose any sleep either if smith got injured during training, infact i would be delighted

  • HeronMag

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #19

    So Taylor can’t believe our recent results? Well believe it mate, cos if you lot don’t start to pull your fingers out were going to end playing in the Championship.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #20

    Taylor, Smith and others should keep it shut and concentrate on their game.

    Owen as captain and KK are the two people I’d expect to hear from this week and in the coming weeks.

    Maybe if Taylor seen it from the fans view he’d understand a little more of why we’ve had such a poor run.

    However the season can still be salvaged and it is up to every player to prove their worth.

    I see alot of pressure on Oba now and hope he can help to get the results we need BUT he has to be on the pitch!

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #21

    We can’t believe what’s happened to HIM!..

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 10, 2008 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #22

    Punk Skunk, sounds like he thinks he’s blameless 😀

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 10, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #23

    ObaFan2, well he’s deluded then mate!..Don’t get me wrong, i think he’s a good player generally, but he’s lost his way a bit recently…Maybe he’s trying a bit too hard, if y’know warramean?..


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