One thing that Joe Kinnear has to do to get Newcastle back on track is to improve our defense.
Steven Taylor – needs to improve form
Apparently Joe has already talked privately to Steven and let the England Under-21 captain know what he expects from him.
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“I think Steven Taylor’s got a great future.” “He is so whole-hearted. He is Newcastle United through and through and he could be captain one day.”
“He has all the right ingredients.”“We need to stop giving goals away – we need to be better defensively.” “I know there are four center-halves playing, as we haven’t had a full-back available.”
“At Wimbledon, we were very rarely beaten on crosses, and we’re going to have to work on it here.” “Samba and Santa Cruz are very powerful, and won 90% of the aerial battles against us on Saturday, and we will have to make sure that does not happen again.”
One thing we need to start improve quickly, before it gets too bad, is our goal difference, which stands at -6 and is the worst in the league. But we’ve only played 6 games so there’s lots of time for us to get a lot better, which we must do this season.
It’s harder for our younger players not to be affected by everything that’s gone on at Newcastle these last few weeks, but in the past Steven has shown he can tighten up his play, and if he can do that on Sunday, that will give us a good chance of a result.
We must still try to get into Europe next season, or this be the longest time without European competition ever, which is not what we want right now, or anytime in fact.