Steven Taylor has been brutally honest today and says the display yesterday by Newcastle was simply not acceptable.
Steven Taylor – no excuses for yesterday’s display
The local lad has spoken to the Newcastle press today, and the 25 year-old gives a straight forward assessment of the game yesterday and says that the form of Newcastle just wasn’t good enough.
Taylor told the Newcastle press today:
“We have said it from the start.” “We want to get a winning mentality, we did well in America performance wise but that wasn’t to be at Leeds.”
“It wasn’t good enough but we have to be ready for the new season.” “The lads were devastated in the changing room.”
“It is as dead as it has been for a long time. You don’t want to be getting beat like that.”
One of the disasters following relegation was the infamous 6-1 defeat at Leyton Orient, but it did allow Newcastle to ferret out those players who just didn’t want to stay at the club, and shortly after that, players like Habib Beye, Sebastian Bassong, Damien Duff and Oba Martins left the club.
Those that were left wanted to stay at Newcastle, and help the club get back to the Premier League at the very first attempt, and the rest is history – and we may add good history from a Newcastle viewpoint.
Leaders like Kevin Nolan and Alan Smith helped bring the lads together, and the team spirit we have all seen over the last two years was born.
And Steven Taylor has said there are even some similarities yesterday with the Orient game:
“We can turn this into a positive – like we did at Leyton Orient two years ago.” “We got hammered then.”
“We didn’t get hammered at Leeds but the reaction after Orient was positive and that’s what we will look for now.”
“It is a chance to kick-start our season. We have two hard weeks now until Arsenal and there is some hard training to be done.”
“We had the chances – we just didn’t take them. That is a positive at least.” “There were some great deliveries into the box we just didn’t get any luck.
“Fitness is massive and we want to be taking the game to Arsenal.” “A few years ago we would try to pass the ball about against teams like that, now we will try to take the game to them.”
“We have a lot to offer still this year.” “I was disappointed I didn’t get two, to be honest. I almost got on the end of Yohan’s cross.”
“The second one came in, I got round the back, hit it low through the keeper’s legs and it was a great feeling but I should have had a couple.”
In that first half Steven had three chances from corners from the new corner taker – Yohan Cabaye – and he connected with the third chance for Newcastle’s third goal.
Hey, maybe that’s why Joey Barton was so upset after the game, he’s not taking the free kicks and corners any longer, well, it’s just a thought.
Steven Taylor is again hoping to get on the goals trail from set pieces next season, and that could be what sways Alan Pardew to play him in front of Mike Williamson, at least for the start of the season.
Let’s hope yesterday’s game has the same positive impact on the side that the Leyton Orient mauling had, and it does seem there is some discord in the dressing room at the moment, but hopefully that can all be sorted out – and quicky too.
It’s got to be upward and onward from now on, if Newcastle are to have the successful season we are all hoping for.