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.
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.
“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.
“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.