Taylor – Players Embarrassed – Not As Much As Fans

Steven Taylor has been talking to the Newcastle journal this morning on Newcastle’s plight.


Steven Taylor – league position is embarrassing

Steven told the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“I hate to see where we are in the table,” “In fact, I can’t even look at a league table, it is that embarrassing.” “As one of them myself, the last thing I want to do is send the Geordies home unhappy. I know how much passion there is on the terraces so I want to show them every minute of every game just what it means to play for their club.”

“It is tough being down the bottom end of the table and none of us finds it acceptable. There are no excuses and I am not going to suggest anything other than we deserve to be where we are in the table.” “I don’t think we have had an awful lot of luck on our side, but that hasn’t been the reason for our poor results. It has been collectively the fact that we haven’t played well enough, as simple as that. We are fighting for our lives really.”

Steven’s right to say we’re still fighting for our lives, because although we played well in the last 45 minutes on Monday night, anything other than a win tomorrow against Fulham will keep us entrenched with the other teams at the bottom.

We really should be well above these teams, but we’re not because we’ve played so poorly so often, although at Birmingham you could see the difference in class between the teams in the second half, as our lot became more confident.

The fact tat we’re in the relegation mix to us is an indictment of the players. They are the ones who get the big bucks and choose not to perform. You can’t accuse the fans of any liability in any of this – they still turn up in masses for the games – although fans at other clubs in a similar situation just wouldn’t bother. Once gain it’s the fans, who are the back-bone of the club who are being kicked in the teeth.

Steven continued:

“I know the defense has been criticized a lot lately but we didn’t really give them a sniff after the break so I think credit where credit is due.”“We know we have to improve at the back because what we have been delivering for a period has not been good enough. But we are learning to play with each other and I think everyone saw definite signs of improvement (in the second half) at Birmingham.”

“The response at half time was just what was needed. We cannot hide any longer, we had to come out and grab the game, which I think we did. It was just a shame we couldn’t get on the end of another chance and make it three points, which would have sent the best fans in the world home a lot happier.”

“The boss said after Birmingham in the dressing room that the second-half performance was how we should be playing every week. Now we have to focus on Fulham and make sure it is a display which makes the supporters proud and sends them home with three points. Anything else is unacceptable.”

“It will be a massive game and the fans can play a big part. In the past, St James’ Park has been a fortress and, a few years ago under Sir Bobby, we nearly went a whole season unbeaten at home. We have to get back to that. If they (the fans) take off the roof, I am sure that will only help us.”

Steven’s right that the defense was much improved in the second half on Monday. But what was going on in the first half? If you take credit for the good play in the second half you also have to take responsibility for the poor play in the first.

We could have already lost the game by half time. So we don’t think the time is now for the players to pat themselves on the back – they don’t deserve it, although self congratulation is dodgy at best. It’s like getting a resume (CV) from your mother. 😀

Actions have consequences, and the actions of our team this year of continually under-performing in games, and not being there when things get tough have dire consequences. It’s called losing games and having no luck, because you don’t deserve luck with that attitude. That’s why we are in the position we are in.

The team is so inconsistent right now, and has been for most of the season, so we have no idea which team will turn up tomorrow. We just hope it will not be the first half team at Birmingham or the second half team at Liverpool. But that’s where we are again – wishing and hoping.

As we said last week, talk is cheap and although Steven wants to assure the fans the boys are trying their best and all that stuff, we’ll judge the players by the way they perform on the field and the results they get. We’ll do that – and our readers will help us do that – after every game.

Fulham’s manager Roy Hodgson, who we’ve taken a real liking to with his truthful interviews, was very down to earth earlier in the week on Sky Sports. He pointed out it’s so easy in interviews when you’re in relegation trouble to say all the right things – we’re trying our best, we’re going to turn this around, we’ll win for the fans, we’re going to play a lot better – you know, all that nonsense that doesn’t mean a thing if you start a game playing like we did at Birmingham.

The performances in the last 3 months, and even before that this season, are completely unacceptable to the Newcastle United fan base on Tyneside and across the world. It’s another kick in the teeth to our wonderful and loyal fans, and surely they deserve better.

But how many times have you heard that before, because it’s like a broken record or even like the Groundhog Day film. We hope we’ve made ourselves clear to our players.

The proof of the pudding is in the eating – so we’ll reserve all judgement until 5:00 pm tomorrow night. Anything but a win will be yet another let-down.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #1

    before anyone has a go at him about taylor smiling when he makes a mistake, its a embarressed smile, but when it doesnt lead to a goal that turns to a relieved smile.

    hope they impress us tomorrow

  • Graham

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #2

    Taylor has picked up at least one thing from Allardyces time at the club…… his love of talking to reporters!

    Give it a rest Taylor and concentrate on becoming not quite so error prone.

  • Davies

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #3

    Still talking to the press then Steven………

  • Hammy

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Aha……that’s why all the players have tinted glass in their X5’S…….it’s so no one can see how embarassed they are when they are out posing.

    What a t*sser…….

  • greek toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #5

    Talking to the media is part of the job. Only a short comment does no harm. What do you expect him to do? tell the reporters to F off? Perhaps he is one of the few players who are able to actually speak in intelligible English.

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #6

    oi hammy whats wrong with X5’s?

  • greek toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #7

    X5’s are for queers

  • Graham

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #8

    Greek Toon – this has nothing to do with their job. Do you here Man Utd players making comments every day? No – Ferguson wouldn’t allow it and neither should we.

    If Taylor was truly embarrassed he wouldn’t want to talk to the media.

  • Leo

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    well im not queer and i like them.

  • greek toon

    Mar 21, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Manchester united players can not speak English, especially Rooney. The players do not exist in a vacuum. There is nothing at all new in players talking to the press. I just dont see what the harm is when they are only making rather anodyne and uncontroversial comments. Why you all getting so worked on this?

  • Whumpie

    Mar 21, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    It is very much part of their job – it’s even in the contracts of some, I believe. And I suspect that if you look in the Manchester papers you’ll find exactly the same stuff from their local players, so don’t read too much into it.

    Steve’s dropped a few clangers this term, but let’s not forget the guts he’s shown in the past. He’s not quite the finished article yet, but he will be – and we need to remind ourselves how young he is for a 1st-choice centre back. Just how capable were any of us of giving a decent press interview under pressure when we were 21?

  • Phil P

    Mar 21, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #12

    I’m with you there whumpie.

    And we only hear all that Stevie says and not from other clubs as were hearing our local news- news from manchester is of no interest. Im pretty sure over there the players are all talking to the press as well, only we don’t hear anything about it.

  • Graham

    Mar 21, 2008 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #13

    ok then so why is it on Sky Sports News and in the Daily Mirror. When we are achieving something then fine (Ronaldo is in the Mirror as well talking about his aim to win the champions league) but until then keep your head down and shut up. It should be down to the club captain and manager to make statements and not anyone else

  • Julia

    Mar 21, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #14

    if they were truly embarrassed then they would have done something about it by now. the training pitch is the only place that they can help to remedy this…not in the papers.
    they all need to take a hard look at themselves and pull their fingers out, starting tomorrow. it oesnt bother me that they speak to the press, but they actuallly need to practice what they are preaching…in other words stop whining and do something about it.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 22, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #15

    When we are safe after collecting sufficient points KK must bring in 2 top-class CBs in the summer to finally defend as any of those elite EPL teams & stop leaking silly goals. Moreover we can replace those recognised clowns at the back as Cacapa,Taylor, Faye just can play now and then next season.

  • clinta

    Mar 22, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Some good words there ed, am in agreeance, us fans or the players should not get carried away because we managed to pass the ball and not conceed a goal for a whole 45 mins.

    I don’t fully agree with stevens coments on us being unlucky either, i think we were very lucky in games early on in the season, when we had a great start to the campaign and were scoring loads of goals. i think alot of those results like spurs and everton had alot of luck in them, if we didn’t have some of that luck early on then yeah i think we would of gotten relegated this season.


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