Ryan Taylor came in over the last few games for Newcastle and put in some workmanlike performances for the side.
Ryan Taylor – disappointed at second half collapse
But Ryan was disappointed as much as the other players,with the terrible second half collapse, which took the shine off the season for the Newcastle fans.
Newcastle finished Sunday in the position they started at – 12th place – and now presumably the aim is to get into the top 8 next season.
Ryan talked about the terrible disappointment of Sunday’s second half:
“I think everybody was disappointed in the dressing room,” “It felt like a defeat.”
“I know it was the last game of the season but you still don’t want to end like that and it’s hard to take when you’re 3-0 up – at home as well.”
“You just want to send the fans home happy on the last day of the season and we couldn’t do that in the end. It was just a lapse of concentration which killed us.”
“It was a shame we couldn’t finish on a high on Sunday but it’s not the end of the world. The main target was staying up this season. We knew it was going to a tough season for us, bouncing back from the Championship.”
“We exceeded a few of our goals but we weren’t quite there as a team where we wanted to be overall.”
We’re just about getting over the disappointment of Sunday, but it was almost a capsule of the season – great for 50 minutes and terrible for the final 40 minutes.
Often this season you just never knew which team was going to turn up for Newcastle, as we’ve had some terrific performances and some terrible performances too.
Newcastle’s season has been up and down to say the least, and one thing Pardew must do next season is to get some consistency into the side, and you do that is with experienced players like Harper, Barton, Tiote and Nolan in the side.
We also have to remember Newcastle were down to the bare bones of their squad, and just about limped over the finishing line on Sunday.