Taylor – Too Many Goals Conceded At Home


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.

Steven continued:

“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.

Steven continued:

“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.

Comments welcome.



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34 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #1

    Taylor, you are one of the main reasons we concede so many mate!

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #2

    Right on, Tayls. Now just get your form up, lad! Brilliant save on Saturday. Too damn bad we couldn’t get 3 points. Hope January turns us around. A left back and two quality midfielders and we should be okay.

    Owen to stay!

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  • Piers

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #3

    Ya honestly, why is that whenever Taylor comes in, everything goes to hell?

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #4

    Cos he’s outta form, or (and hope this isn’t the case) just not good enough. Maybe someone put a voodoo curse on him?

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #5

    We attacked and played them out of the game first half – happy days !!!!

    Second half WTF !!!! Come on lads what do the put in the half time brew ??? cos it sure as hell is not helping us. Stoke were there for the taking — yes it did feel like a loss then to add insult injury – wor lass wants to gan shopping after the game instead of a few jars in the strawberry !!!!

    that is how bad we felt !!!

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  • Pete

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #6

    He might be sick of hearing the word relegation, but that’s what you’re gonna get when you play like that week in and week out. Saying that we’re too good to go down is bullshit, if we are too good to go down we wouldn’t be in this position in the first place

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  • jettson

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #7

    no point in a great challenge if he hasnt got he positional sense! he at fault for not marking his man!basics or???? he put in a great challenge, all credit for that but he has to be more aware of whats happening around him! Collo looks nervous when he comes on, Bassong and Collo all the way for me!may have been better to play taylor at RM as he does get forward now and then, back 4 had to remain the same!

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Born Again- ha! The hinney wanted to SHOP after that game? WTF? lol!!!!!!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #9

    Taylor has been ‘out of form’ for a year and a half.

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #10

    O’Hurley – I kna !!! WTF !!! lol

    The atmosphere in the stawberry was flatter than a witches tit though – think we all felt the same ! 🙂

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  • murvar

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #11

    It wasn’t Tayls’ fault we lost the lead on Saturday. He did OK and his brilliant cover tackle stopped it from being even worse. No – there were 2 culprits – the Manager most of all by moving Beye to RM and conceding the initiative; and Colo for once again being all at sea when a forward runs at him.

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #12

    Tom-

    Yeah. Hate to admit it, though. I always liked Taylor. Oh well, right? If he ain’t good enuff, he ain’t good enuff. To be honest, Seb has outplayed him in every way. AND- I hate it when Colo looks nervous. He’s good when he plays with Seb. How much ya think we could get for Taylor in Jan?

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  • GraemeR

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #13

    Seems funny that they all occur when he is on the pitch.

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  • O'Hurley

    Dec 8, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #14

    Born-

    I bet! I’d guess the atmosphere in the Toon in general was pretty awful. On a side note, it’s a good thing I like Valencia in la liga. Not much concellation, but hey… after Saturday, ya just gotta take what you can get, like

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  • Lost prophet

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #15

    Thank you Taylor for stating the bleedin obvious! I’m sick and tired of the same old shite from players who just are not up to the job.

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  • Partizan

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #16

    Selling Taylor would be a mistake cos we don’t really know if Bassong would say no when some big oportunity knocks on his door.

    Keep Taylor i say cos we need him.Beye can’t play forever!!

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  • GraemeR

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Patizan – it doesnt alter the fact that Taylor has been cr@p all season (and more) and is in danger of becoming another shola almosteaobi.

    If he is not up to the task get rid – just because he bleeds black n white shouldnt give him huge contract

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  • JonnyNufc

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #18

    I would defo keep Bassong and Colo at the back.

    We have to keep in mind that we still in 3 games have not conceded a goal with Beye, colo, bassong, enrique as the back 4.

    Only when that was mixed up. If that back 3 can hold out chelsea, you have to think they have the ability to hold out most teams.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Lost Prophet- who do you mean?

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  • Spyro

    Dec 8, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #20

    Good point Jonny

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #21

    Taylor should be a rb or lb.he is pacy and more offensive

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  • Rob Lee

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #22

    know Colo’s standards dip when Taylor plays for some reason or another, but isn’t this a little worrying considering Colo is the older and more experienced of the 2? Shouldn’t colo be the boss n take care of taylor? instead of panickin coz he knows taylor can make mistakes? its a mystery to me! taylor on his day is great, as is taylor. think its all down to confidence and to me bassong is the only one who is convincing me that he can keep cool under pressure, the rest just seem to crack

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  • Rob Lee

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    as is colo, i mean

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  • Nick

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Taylor opening his gob again – what a surprise!!!

    Everything was changed at half time purely to accommodate him, a defender for a midfielder at home instead of playing another attacker and you all saw the results.

    Taylor seems to be an untouchable and probably had a moan about not been in the defense for 2 games, where we played so well.

    Hugely disappointed if he walks back in again instead of bassong. Every time he’s on the pitch he seems to have the same effect as Smith !!

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  • Ganiyu

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Taylor-colo-bassong-Beye.defense for p.mouth match.jose is poor and slow there by crouch and defo would use the left cos it the weak point.the rest are aerialy ok.

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  • Stardust

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #26

    Rob Lee – Colos standards slip because he is a great player thats why.

    Taylor’s positioning is awful – when playing you automatically take into account the opponents current movement and your own defenders position.

    Taylors positioning is so attrocious it results in Colo getting pulled from pillar to post – the language barrier wont help either – he should learn “Taylor – take that shirt off your useless”

    I actually feel sorry for Taylor, he is a victim of being a geordie – he is too young without enough talent to live up to the mantle many Newcastle Fans try to bestow on him – he needs to go to the championship for a year on loan

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  • John Lennon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #27

    We conceded too many goals at home? Taylor you’re right! Perhaps you should apply for the manager’s post when it comes up. That’s some insight you have there boy.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #28

    ..

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  • Piers

    Dec 8, 2008 at 9:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Never mess with a good thing…..hopefully we learned our lesson….Keep the back 4 the same.

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  • briss

    Dec 8, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #30

    JOSE IS THE REASON THE FIRST GOAL WENT IN! I hope enrique is gone in january or at the end of the season, he’s lazy, gives the ball aya everytime he touches it (not a joke), all he trys to do is boot the ball up the ptich and hopes oba is anywhere near to run on to it. He’s the deadwood that JK is talking about and ZOG is better at defending than him! If he starts on Saturday we will not win i believe, tho i’d love to be proven wrong!!!

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  • brutooooon

    Dec 9, 2008 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #31

    taylor can maybe provide backup as right back or centre back…

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  • Sav

    Dec 9, 2008 at 3:28 AM

    Comment #32

    They say that WestHam will be having a fire-sale in Jan. If so, I’d like to see us try for Noble.

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  • Len

    Dec 9, 2008 at 4:52 AM

    Comment #33

    Jose is alright. Granted he looks a bit heavy handed but so what. He is strong as a bull, quick enough and no he’s not perfect. Overall he is doing OK. Leave him alone.

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  • Partizan

    Dec 9, 2008 at 6:06 AM

    Comment #34

    Good choice Sav but with this owner its hard to go for anything never mind Noble.

    I’d go for Michael Johnson from City and maybe bring Parker back to SJP.

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