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:
â€œI hate to see where we are in the table,â€ â€œIn fact, I canâ€™t even look at a league table, it is that embarrassing.â€ â€œAs 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.â€
â€œIt 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.â€ â€œI donâ€™t think we have had an awful lot of luck on our side, but that hasnâ€™t been the reason for our poor results. It has been collectively the fact that we havenâ€™t played well enough, as simple as that. We are fighting for our lives really.â€
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.
â€œI know the defense has been criticized a lot lately but we didnâ€™t really give them a sniff after the break so I think credit where credit is due.â€â€œWe 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.â€
â€œThe 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 couldnâ€™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.â€
â€œThe 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.â€
â€œIt will be a massive game and the fans can play a big part. In the past, St Jamesâ€™ 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.â€
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.