Steven Taylor picked up man of the match for his solid performance yesterday afternoon.
Steven Taylor – voted man of the match yesterday
Steven Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œWe were all delighted with the first half.” â€œWe put in a good team performance.” â€œPersonally, I thought we passed them off the park.”
â€œIt was a good all-round performance in the first half.” â€œBut then in the second half we didnâ€™t pass it well and didnâ€™t create enough.”
â€œAnd I think once the first goal went in, which was soft, it was massive kick in the teeth for us because we didnâ€™t get going after that.”
â€œWhen that goal went in maybe heads went down.â€
Things at half time looked good and not unlike previous games where the lads came on strong in the second half. But that didn’t happen yesterday as Chelsea came out and moved into a higher gear.
It turned out that Newcastleâ€™s chance of victory had been lost with the half chances we failed to put away in the first half.
That’s something that is so true in football, if you don’t take your chances when they’re there, anything can happen.
â€œChelsea are joint top of league because they have top-quality players and they donâ€™t give many chances away.”
â€œWe knew it would be hard.”â€œAnd if you donâ€™t take your chances, they will.â€
Taylor picked up the man of the match award after his impressive game at the back where he had at least three great blocks in the second half, before Ballack got the all important goal after 61 minutes.
But Taylor played Didier Drogba, the Ivory Coast star, very well indeed, and must have impressed many who watched the game. This boy is a good player and a star of the future for Newcastle.
â€œDidier Drogba is a world-class player.” â€œBut I just got up and got on with it.”
â€œItâ€™s a manâ€™s game and it was a good physical battle which I enjoyed.â€
The bottom line on the game yesterday is that we couldn’t live with Chelsea in the second half. If we had managed to be 2-0 up at half time anything would have been possible, but Chelsea are not flat for 90 minutes – yesterday they were flat for only the first 45 minutes.
And we just didn’t take the chances that were offered to us.