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 Enriqueâ€™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:
â€œI donâ€™t know why, itâ€™s happened a lot for the last few months,â€ â€œItâ€™s frustrating for all the players and the lads had their heads down for a bit but we have to stick together, itâ€™s a massive factor now and we know we have to do it.â€
â€œThereâ€™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 weâ€™d been doing and it would come.â€
â€œWe 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.â€
â€œWe frustrated them pretty well and you could see some of the Liverpool players getting frustrated, the fans got a little quiet,â€ Taylor noted. â€œBut (Pennantâ€™s) was a freak goal and it just killed our team shape.
â€œYou blink and itâ€™s 2-0. Gerrard and Torres are good players but thereâ€™s only so much respect you can give them and for 42 minutes we handled them pretty well.â€
â€œBut a freak goal went in, it killed us a bit and we felt a bit sorry for ourselves. Youâ€™ve got to realize youâ€™re in the Premiership and you canâ€™t afford to do that.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got Birmingham next and thatâ€™s all weâ€™re looking forward to now. Everyoneâ€™s got to make sure we get on-side and weâ€™ll get a result there, simple as that. Theyâ€™re below us and weâ€™ve got to make sure we win.â€
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.Â 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.