Steven Taylor thinks it was Newcastle’s very slow start to the game on Sunday that was their undoing.
Seven Taylor – in action yesterday at WBA
We thought the game was similar to the game at West Ham earlier in the season, when we were hopeless in the first 20 minutes and conceded a goal.
But in that game we were able to get into the game before half time, and we took total control in the second half, but it was not to be yesterday.
But games against WBA are games we should be winning, and now we have lost our first games against the other promotion sides – Blackpool and West Brom – by two goals in each game.
And those are game we surely thought we could win this season.
Taylor told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We worked hard, but it took us 40 minutes to get into the game.” “We didn’t deal with their shape, and they passed the ball better than we did.”
“We started slowly again, and whatever it is, we’ve got to sort it out.” “We’ve got a game plan, we’ve got to stick to it. “
“They caused us some problems with the extra man in midfield, and passed the ball really well.”
“Every time we’ve played them, they’ve always done that, and we’ve just got to deal with it.” “They’re a good footballing side.”
“They’ve got some good players, and their ability on the ball’s very good.” “We needed to get tighter.”
Steven Taylor, like the rest of the Newcastle players, emerged from the dressing room a full 90 minutes after the game had ended at the Hawthorns, and most players had long faces.
It’s even as if they had just played completely hopeless. 😀
“We’ve got to put this game to bed now, and move on.” “If we cut the errors out, we won’t go far wrong.”“As a team, away from home we’ve got to be more resilient.”
“We’ve conceded eight goals in two games away from home.” “That’s what we’ve got to improve on – we got picked off.”
“We’ve got a tight squad here, with a good team spirit, and we’ve got to move on.”
Good words from Steven, who used to be talked about as a future Newcastle captain at one time, and he might again, if he signs his new contract.
But Steven is an experienced Premier League defender, who has shown he’s good enough for this league, and we’ve noticed in the last two games he’s come close to scoring a few times too.
We have to hope that players like Steven can help right the Newcastle ship this week, and a win against Liverpool on Saturday, in the late game, is what we now need.