It Was A Nightmare Last Night

We went careening out of the Carling Cup last night against Peterborough and it was the better side that went through to the next round, after a woeful performance from a  young Newcastle side.

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Steven Taylor – provides good example to youngsters

Steven Taylor captained the side, as one of the senior figures and local lads in the line-up last night, expressed his thanks to the 2,000 fans who made the trip to Peterborough:

“We have to thank them – they were first class and we’re sorry for them.” “They were fantastic, and at no point did they turn on us.”

“There were a lot of young lads out there.” “Big credit goes to the fans – they supported them on a night when it was a big occasion for them.”

It would have been an experience for the youngsters last night, but they have to use the experience they gained in  the right way.

Taylor has rightly warned them to to feel sorry for themselves and he believes their services could be required again as early as Saturday night against Ipswich Town, and he could be right.

With Danny Guthrie suspended after being sent off last night, Danny Simpson still struggling to overcome an ankle injury he pickled up last Saturday,  and Jonas Gutierrez and Shola Ameobi  still injured long term, some of the youngsters will be in the squad for the important Ipswich game on on Saturday night.

The youngsters now have the chance to get the defeat behind them and prepare themselves for the next game, which is short 4 days away.

Steven added::

“It’s difficult, and even more so against a physical side in a Carling Cup tie.” “You have to raise your standards, and the lads who played know that.”

“We’re going to need them again at some stage.” “The Championship is a long season and they’ve had a little taste – they can go away and think about what’s needed in league games. It will stand them in good stead.”

“It was a tight game, but we just couldn’t get our passing game going. We risked a few balls and we were punished for that.”

“At this level you have to be careful or you will be punished, especially the youngsters.” “You might get away with it at reserve level, but now you are in the first team, you can’t do it.”

“For every team it will be a cup final playing against us, and that was proved again by the way Peterborough’s fans went on at the end.”

Taylor knows that Newcastle must up their game for Ipswich, in front of another sell-out away crowd, and a team very likely to be inspired like the last three league sides have been against Newcastle. SAnd there league position will in no way reflect how they will against the Magpies.

Steven continued:

“It was a nightmare, but we have to put it behind us and regroup for Ipswich.” “That’s all we can look forward to.”

This is a chance for the young guns to work on the mental side of the game, where good players have to be mentally strong, both in the games and between games to ready themselves for the next battle.

Come to think of it the youngsters have a great example right in front of them in 23 year-old Steven Taylor himself.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Brettoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #1

    Think I saw that they had like 23 shots on target and we had 2.

    Says it all really

  • tails

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #2

    went to the game last night had to sit in the home stands tho….i dont live too far away from peterborough and my mate got us some tickets so couldnt grumble. Anyways we were sitting in the front row and could see it all, yes we had a lot of youngsters but we were still pretty awful. Not sure why lovenkrands started on the right and lua lua on the left? every time they got the ball they had to immediately come inside which meant they got tackled. poor performance and poor formation, lets hope we can put it behind us and get the 3 points on saturday.

  • premier

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #3

    Heard eating cheese before you go to bed gives you nightmares anarl

  • mylestoon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #4

    sol campbell has asked to quit notts county after 1 game, get him signed on!

  • Johno Toon

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #5

    Cant sign with anyone til jan mylestoon

  • Jamesthefirst

    Sep 23, 2009 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Didn’t bother me that we played so many kids. We have to rest the first team for Ipswich (huge game for us). And I wanted us out of the Carling Cup as quickly as possible. League is all that matters.

    However, the decision to play Guthrie and then bring on Nolan and Smith was simply dreadful. What was the point of risking them?? Did CH learn nothing from the Huddersfield game?

    Sooner CH has gone the better. Shearer and Moat will bolster the squad in January.

    Get ready for another action packed (joke) 4-5-1 play it safe from CH against Ipswich, which only enourages the opposition to attack us. I think CH should go to Blackburn and be Bg Sam’s number 2 — they are both interested in the same negative football

  • AndyT

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m afraid of seeing that 4-5-1 as well. Please let Hughton realize that we need to actually play like Newcastle United should play. We’re in the Championship! We can play at this level and beat teams at this level. 4-3-3. We don’t have any decent true wingers available. Smith, Nolan, Barton, or Geremi can probably put in a good shift in the midfield with Ranger, Carroll, and Lovenkrands terrorizing them up front! It’s what we should have done against Plymouth

  • chuck

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #8

    Just a run out for the kids, bit of experience.
    Whats the difference, not going anywhere in the cup anyway and it`s a long season to be playing extra cup games.
    Think there`s a typo Ed., Taylor did NOT want them feeling sorry for themselves.
    Who was it again who said “you wont win anything with kids”

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Hansen, about manure’s, who went on to win the league!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    but anyhoo, i’m with ya’ all the way, sod the c(rap) cup!..The kids got a taste, that’ll learn ’em!..

  • punk skunk...

    Sep 23, 2009 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #11

    Even the so-called beer it’s named after sucks!..

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Sep 23, 2009 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #12

    mylestoon // Sep 23, 2009 at 2:44 PM

    sol campbell has asked to quit notts county after 1 game, get him signed on!

    5 Johno Toon // Sep 23, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Cant sign with anyone til jan mylestoon

    And would we want to? Did you see that game? He was absolutely shocking, looked overweight, unfit, he was even positionally bad and was at fault for both goals. Garbage. If he could sort these issues out he’d be potentially worth having as a squad player, but to be honest i don’t think we need him.


    Sep 23, 2009 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #13


    “Sooner CH has gone the better. Shearer and Moat will bolster the squad in January.”

    so whats going to happen between then and now if moat takes over? nowt, they can only bring in loans, another change in staffing

    CH deserves a bit more support instead of fans calling for him to be sacked. CH has worked with dignity and professionalism throughout his time at NUFC. Could we realy have started any better in the fizzy pop league?

    lets all realise he is not going to be our long term manger, but while he is in charge lets get behind him


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