It’s time for Newcastle players to show what they are made of, in an attempt to keep Newcastle United in the Premier League next season, starting on Wednesday evening against Manchester United.
Steven Taylor – time to stand up and be counted
Boyhood Newcastle fan Taylor, who was also a ball boy in the first Kevin Keegan era, insists the club’s under-fire players need to stand up and be counted on the pitch. We agree with that whole heartedly.
The reality that Newcastle may be in the Championship next season, is not even worth thinking about for lots of Newcastle fans.
Steven Taylor said today:
“This has to bring out the men in the dressing room,”
“We’ll see exactly who wants to play for this football club. The lads need to show character, and show exactly how much playing for Newcastle means to them.”
“We’re in a serious relegation fight. We’ve lost a game we should have won. That didn’t happen, and now we have to dust ourselves off for Manchester United.”
“They’re the best team in the world, and we have to be men and stand up to that.”
Newcastle were not at their best yesterday, especially in the second half, and never looked like scoring, after Gardner’s 47th minute goal, though they had a strong penalty claim waved away by referee Alan Wiley when Jloyd Samuel handled a shot from Fabricio Coloccini.
“The first half was good, but after the goal in the second half we just seemed to cave in a little bit.”
“We created chances, but the deliveries weren’t there and there was no final ball. Personally, I didn’t think we looked like scoring.”
“With the penalty, I saw Samuel’s hands in the air. Refs have said in the past if you keep your hands in the air that is defined as a penalty, and if you keep them by your side, it isn’t.”
“I spoke to the ref and asked why he hadn’t gave it, and he said it was because Samuel’s eyes weren’t looking at the ball.”
“Had we got the penalty it may have been the turning point.”
What we need on Wednesday night, to recover from the increasing likelihood we may be relegated this season, is a win.
That may seem almost impossible right now, but that’s what we need – a win and all 3 points against the current World Club Champions – the best club side in the world.