Newcastle Captain Devastated By Defeat

Steven Taylor proudly led out the Newcastle team at St. James’ Park on Saturday against Swansea,   but the local lad has admitted he was devastated after the game, after we  lost our second home game in a row, and the third time we had lost at home in the last four league games – and the one we won was the lucky 2-1 defeat of West Brom, when we scored that lucky goal off Papiss Cisse’s back (or was it his behind?) three minutes into injury time.

Steven Taylor – devastated in dressing room after the game

Taylor has talked in the local press today, about the honor it was for him to lead the side at St. James’ Park:

“It is one of the biggest honors for me – probably the greatest honor – to be captain of my hometown club.” “I am devastated we did not claim the win – we wanted the three points.”

“Hopefully, we can start a run against Maritimo. I appreciate what the gaffer says and I have to repay him back.” The repayment will come in the shape of wins in the eyes of the fans.”

“We have key players out injured, but they are coming back.” “This is a fantastic place – the lads absolutely love playing here – and teams have to hate playing here.”  “If the fans stick behind us, we will get it right.”

“Hopefully, that will start on Thursday.”

Alan Pardew did not come storming into the dressing room after the game, like we suspect some former managers would have done, because he knew our lads were simply decimated by the defeat.

The good news is that Newcastle created a lot of chances in the game, and if we could have just put a couple, away we would have been fine, with the extra confidence goals give a team.

But that didn’t happen, so next up is Maritimo and Southampton and two wins in those two games games, and we’ll see the doom and gloom that’s beginning to fester on Tyneside – stopped dead in its tracks.

That would be good. 😀

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124 comments so far

  • Indian Magpie

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #1

    3 cheers for Mike Ashley Hip Hip

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #2

    We have to get behind the boys thats the start if we do our bit and it doesnt change then we can say we have tried to get them going if we do nothing we are worse than shite tactics.

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    Ed decimated comes from the Roman practice of executing one soldier out of every ten who refused to follow orders as an example to the rest. Seems a bit hard on the players to execute one. But desperate times call for desperate measures I suppose.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #4

    is this 8 year contract a noose around our necks

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #5

    realisticly who do you think we can buy in jan

    and here is a thought for you

    lambass played hard ball with AC to liverpool then gave loads ov verble about how hard he is,
    this jan, every man and his dog know what we need,, who is to say we wont be held to randsom, and if we are heldto randsom, will lambass pay that money when he has said many times he has a price he will pay and no more,, look at the debuchy saga last year,,

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #6

    who would you exicute?

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #7

    Catchy, very hard to tell at this point, playing hardball and not backing Pardew in the Summer with defender buys is clearly a gamble that has not paid off. But each transfer has to be judged on it`s own merits. Debuchy and Douglas are diminishing assets for the selling clubs due to their contracts running out. It maybe that we can still pick them up fairly cheaply.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #8

    Catchy think you will find the debuchy saga was just a few months ago, or do you live in the future if so what are the euro numbers for tomorrow? 🙂

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Catcht, not really into killing the players but there are certainly positions where we could do with an upgrade especially defence. Not a willo hater by any means but would love to have a better option at CH when Colo or Taylor is out.

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #10

    We must be able to afford to spend 15m every summer to keeps us going forward, alot of money comes into this club so 15m a season is easily done.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11


    well spotted my friend haha

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #12

    Tequila, far too many people praised the purchasing approach, or non approach, of Ashley during the summer, and those who said we were clever not to pay fair money for decent players like Debuchy ( not offering silly figures to start off with, like 3mill) , have clearly been shown to have been gullible at best. The idea, put up on this site by many, that NUFC wont be taken for a ride ( for the sake of 1 mill) has been shown to be fatuous. Just because Liverpool paid daft money for Henderson etc doesnt mean they will be seen to be an easy touch when they spend money in , say january , but the Ashley apologists just wouldnt listen , and kept telling guys like me about our great flexibility, and the youths coming through. Sold a pup comes to mind. I’m still far more disappointed with this, than Pardews coaching etc, although the 8 yr contract was a laughable PR stint by the club – again, praised to the roof by people on this site who screamed out “continuity, stability, planning” etc. Last summer was the time to buy, and reward the manager and the squad with reinforcements, not half a season later, in the january scramble.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #13


    i agree on both duglas and debuchy,, but this will turn into a game of chicken as it did in the SUMMER time, with no winners

    another point which i feel is even more scarey,, our next 8 matches are not the easiest on paper, southamton away is always hard for NUFC, stoke wont roll over and qpr on paper should be an easy win, but with all the talk of a new manager just around the corner, hmmm

    its unlikly but possible that out of the next 8 games no points will be won, but im thinking around 5, 5 would take us to 19, but even if we got 6 points this puts in a relagation battle, and any one who thinks is not possible, should only think back a few seasons,,

    will ashley put his hand in his pocketwith this a posablity ???

  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #14

    Munster, I can`t remember anyone saying they were happy that we had made no defender signings capable of playing in the first team when the transfer window shut. It`s all abit smoke and mirrors as far as the figures being bandied about what was offered. £3 mill if true was a cheeky bid but it has also been reported that Lille moved the goalposts when we agreed the bid they had originally wanted. What was more disappointing for me was that we seemed to have no other alternatives when these bids failed.

  • Slank

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #15

    Every team goes through a bad patch in a season, is this ours?

    Contrary to what some fans peddle, our squad is not small. Its probably has the requisite numbers of players as defined by the Premier League.

    Some of these players may be fringe players (like Fergie, Sammy, Bigi, Vuckic, Gosling, Tavernia) who wouldn’t normally get a game. Injuries to senior players has forced Pardew’s hand to play these fringe players.

    Those who want Pardews head are delusional. He was voted manager of the year last season with justification. You don’t become useless overnight.

    Currently there are too many players out of sorts. Only Taylor, Santon, Ben Arfa and Ba are playing with the consistency demanded. The likes of Colo, Cabaye, Jonas, Krul and Tiote have all had their ‘moments’ this season. Cisse is completely off form whilst Anita has not found his yet.

    Some players need replacing namely Simpson who is useless going forward and presents no threat to our opponents whilst Williamson always looks like an accident waiting to happen.

    I’m hoping that the Swansea game was the low mark of our season. I do feel that we will beat Maritimo, Southampton, Stoke and Wigan.


  • tequilamag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #16

    Catchy lot of ifs there regarding what will happen in the next 8 matches. We should be looking for 2 home wins with QPR and Wigan Southampton were always a bogey team for us at the Dell when KK was manager first time around but hopefully that jinx is out of the way since they changed grounds.Man u and Arsenal away were always going to be hard even if we were playing at the tpp of our form Man City at home is another tough one and Fulham away is going to be hard., That does not mean we are beat before we have even kicked a ball though . Going to roll out a cliche hear and say concentrate on one game at a time. One good performance could easily put the momentum back in our favour .

  • eaststandgeordie1982

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Ive been away to southampton twice and we won both times. Sorry to say im not going this time.

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #19


    I agree . We’ve yet to properly even see amalifino or Abeid for starters.

    I am willing to blame willo and Simmo for pardew not being able to implement better passing football, but even with better players like debuchy and that montpellier captain whose name I can’t remember, Pardew still talks about getting carroll back which can only mean one thing – more long balls.

    We’re a third of the way through and have played more long balls than Stoke which is a staggering and shocking statistic and hints at either a very stubborn or
    very limited manager being found out.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Spitfire..I think that’s is probably why even the players at time look confused 😉

    …and the reason why we cannot agree on how we play (Pardew doesn’t even know) lol

  • Rotonda heights

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #21


    it was 442 with benny stuck on the wing and sammi and Ba nearly collided going for the same ball from a fergie cross!

  • woolerbill

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22

    Steven, we were unbeaten last season until you go injured. It has been down hill since then with no sign of improvement. We got to 5th, not because we were good, but poor seasons from other top ten teams.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #23

    I have no idea where to go from here, but from now until January I would just like to see Benny in the #10 spot just behind either Ba or Cissé.

    …there are many ways Pards cn construct the rest of the MF (different games require different tactics).

    But we seem to have problems going through the middle and when Benny is on the right he roams around freely anyway. The thing is he is much easier to close down when he is out right because we sit too deep and the opposition just 2 or 3 men on him – the pour lad never seem to have many passing options.

  • Munster Mag

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Tequila, there may be truth in both – I certainly belive the Lille chairman about the fax he received – “they must be thinking about one of our other players” . Now, how would NUFC fans feel if Arry was still at Spurs and sent us a cheeky bid of say 4mill for Cabaye? It cuts both ways. Too many idiots on this site thought we were the big boys with the balls of brass – and supported not paying the valuation for a class French international. I deffo agree about the alack of alternatives – whats all this crap about having 3-5 alternatives? I just hope we go for him in Jan, but the malaise is far worse than one full back. I do think the squad is close knit though and has character, which will stand to us.

  • spitfire_

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda heights

    I know because I have a perfect vision… obviously Pardew have too many cum on his eyes and doesn’t see too good.

  • sirtoongospel

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #26


    Good cause this chaps.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #27

    What? Pardew hasn’t been fired yet? For gods sake. We’ve spent the last few days sorting this out and still no action.

    Fans out! Get the administrators in! Action is needed now.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #29

    Ibiza…we are waiting til after Christmas (hoping to get a new manager at a knockout price) 😉 lol

  • chris_g

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #30

    Slank // Nov 19, 2012 at 12:00 PM says:

    “Contrary to what some fans peddle, our squad is not small. Its probably has the requisite numbers of players as defined by the Premier League”

    Yes, that’s exactly right – in fact, if people bothered to do a bit of research (and yes, that includes you Ed) they’d realise that our first team squad is actually quite large in comparison to all the other premier league clubs (and we wouldn’t be able to increase the size of it anyway because of the 25 man squad rule). We don’t need more players – we just need to replace a few of them with better ones.

  • MacToon

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #31

    What about the “judge us after 10 league games”
    We have some fine youngsters coming through able to fill gaps
    but now it’s “they should be playing and gaining experience in the reserves…..”
    “a ten goals a year centre back”
    (OK not direct quotes but these and more have been said plenty of times)

    It goes on and on and on…….
    Believe whatever you want as the truth rarely comes from SJP and alot on here seem to see and say the same things time after time and now Pardew’s arguing over whether we played 4-3-3 or 4-4-2 over the weekend!

    We needed some fresh faces in over the summer and still do for January but I’m not holding my breath. Actions speak louder than words on and off the pitch.

    Howay the Lads

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper…Oh right, must have missed the memo.

    So what are we doing in the meantime? If we have a plan in place are we going to continue to beat it to death? 🙂

  • Slank

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #33


    I’m really shocked by what you say (which I don’t disagree with) about so many long balls, more than Stoke.

    There seems to be a big disconnect as the commentator on Saturday, I’m sure, said that we had only scored one headed goal before Ba headed in on the 90th minute. This could imply that the long balls are not crosses or the crosses are not being converted or all the long balls are punts and hoofs down the middle. I think it’s the later.

    I’ve said so many times that we need a left footed left back (like Ashley Cole or the Everton lad) who can fire in a cross. Santon needs to be our right back. He is great going forward but his natural inclination is to favour his right foot.

    Apart from Williamson and perhaps Simpson we have players who can pass the ball. Anita, Marveaux, Bigi, Cabaye and Tiote can all pass the ball, even Perch is pretty good as a defensive midfield player who is accurate with his passing. Colo and to a lesser extent Taylor are good passers of the ball.

    So why are we not retaining the ball more and passing it more frequently and accurately?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Ibiza…some probably are 🙂 lol

    …everything is a turmoil (I am just praying to God for a few wins soon so we can get back to basics)

  • Slank

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #35

    Chris @ 30

    Thanks, I thought as much and agree that better quality replacements are required.

    I would buy a left back and centre half.

  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #36

    At the Crossroads
    I think we are at the crossroads at the moment.
    The toon have got to pick up at least 10 pts -12pts between now and the opening of the transfer widow – cos if we don’t we could be in a relegation dogfight and who of all the names mentioned on this blog would want to come. More like we would lose our best players.
    If we pick up the 10 -12pts and are in the next stage of the Europa Cup, then the talked about players would come – if the Fat Controller unzips his wallet.

    Mac at the Toon
    Do you remember the last defender to score a league goal for the toon. Not a midfielder playing at full back.

  • Transfer Sage

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #37

    I said our squad wasn’t too small.

    And players not in the first team like obertan, marvoux, shola, sammy….are they much different to what the majority of teams outside the top 4/5 clubs have as squad players? No, very similar really but we have a better first 11 than most outside top 4

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #38


    stats from the swansea match say it all: 89% of our ‘attacks’ came through the middle.

    did you see anyone carry the ball over the halfway line through the middle?

    me neither. they were ALL hoof-balls.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #39


    are you up for a change at the top?

  • mattyNUFC

    Nov 19, 2012 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #40

    this is the statistic that’s even crazier though

    1 goal from our last 234 set pieces. worst not in the PL but in the entire football league


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