Steven Taylor summed up the mood in the Newcastle United dressing room after the Fulham defeat by uttering:
Steven Taylor – devastated by loss
But the Newcastle defender sees no reason why the Magpies can’t beat Aston Villa on the final day of the season.
Well Steven , we’ve won just two games away from home this season, against relegated WBA and Portsmouth who were then being managed by the hopeless Tony Adams, just before he was sacked.
Sorry to bring in a bit of realism to the conversation.
We are now back to 3rd bottom and need at least one point to ensure we stay up, but even then if Hull draw we’re down.
Newcastle and Middlesbrough have to be strong favorites to take the drop next Sunday.
Steven talked to the Shields Gazette today:
“We’re just devastated – it was there for us,” “It’s down to us as players – it’s important we stick together.”
“It’s disappointing for us, but the last game of the season is Aston Villa, and there’s no reason why we can’t do it.”
“We beat them here 2-0 earlier this season, and with the right sort of performance, we can do it.”
“If we show the same belief and confidence we did against Middlesbrough, we’ll be OK.”
The Fulham game was decided by Diomansy Kamara’s 41st-minute strike, which looked to us offside, but that’s the way the cookie crumbles sometimes.
Steven Taylor continued:
“We stuck to our game plan. We had chances and I didn’t see anything wrong with the goal. The referee has killed us with that.”
“We had good chances, and Mark Schwarzer made two good saves. The fans did everything they could. They were fantastic, and we thank them.”
“Man United are a top class side, no matter what team they field,” “They’ll want to win and go out in style, but we just have to focus on our jobs.”
We find it ironic that everybody is wondering whether Ferguson will field a weakened team nest Sunday at Hull.
We suppose if Hull win next Sunday, and Newcastle get relegated, it will all be Alex Ferguson’s fault, just like it was Howard Webb’s fault on Saturday.
Please – give us a break.