Steven Taylor was as disappointed as the fans on Saturday, following the Stoke City game, where we again failed to take all 3 points at home. And let’s be clear – the fans were very disappointed.
Steven Taylor – solid at right back in second half
Stephen told the Shields Gazette today:
“No disrespect to Stoke, but we should be beating these sides,” “We need to be more resilient at home.”
“If we can get a couple of wins together people won’t be talking about this relegation battle.”
We’ve said that before too, but maybe that’s unfair to Stoke City, because until we can start beating these sides, they are as good as we are, and that’s the unfortunate truth right now.
We’ve failed to beat Stoke and Wigan at home, even though both teams equalized in injury time, and that’s one reason we are still in the relegation zone, fighting for our survival in the Premier league once again, and yes, like Steven the fans are sick of it too.
“I’m sick of hearing the word relegation. It’s still tight at the moment, so there’s no reason why we can’t push ourselves back up there.” “At the end of the day, you look at where you finish in the table in May.”
“The crowd were fantastic again. It was disappointing to go home for them without a win, and it must have felt like a defeat for them as well.” “Being unbeaten is perhaps some consolation, but we keep conceding goals at home.”
And the 22-year-old made one of his best ever blocks for Newcastle after 52 minutes, when Richard Cresswell was clean through and about to put the ball in the net, when Taylor brilliantly blocked his shot from the left hand side.
Just a terrific piece of defending from the youngster and that should have been a big warning to the Magpies – a warning that ultimately went unheeded.
“I couldn’t believe it,” “The lad was clean through, I knew if I’d have missed that challenge I would be sent off.” “That would have been a disaster, as I’d only been on 10 minutes.”
“It just didn’t happen in the second half, and Danny going off left us without an attacking option in midfield.”
It will be interesting to see which defense Joe starts with at Portsmouth on Saturday, and with both Butt and Guthrie looking to be fit, we wouldn’t be surprised if he starts the same back four, and Steven finds himself on the bench again.
Jose Enrique is showing some decent form too, which shows Jose’s got a good temperament and fighting for his place on the team. He plaued extremely well on Saturday, especially in the first half.
With all the news on the transfer front being that left-back is Joe’s number on priority in January, it may have been unsettling, but that doesn’t seem to be the case.
Jose has also committed himself to Newcastle and he’s told anybody who will listen, there’s no way he’s leaving Tyneside. That’s good to hear from our players.