Steven Taylor thought everything was going according to plan in the second half on Saturday, as Newcastle were level 1-1 with only 15 minutes to go, and it was obvious some Tottenham players were getting a little frustrated, as they started arguing between themselves, when things were not going for them on the field.
Steven Taylor – we thought we were going to score again
But alas, an opportunist goal from Gareth Bale, his second of the game, aided by some poor defending from Newcastle, put the home side 2-1 up, and they were able to hold on for the win.
That was even though there was nine minutes of injury time played, due in the main to an injury to Newcastle’s best player – Yoan Gouffran – who was carried off on a stretcher with a shin injury, and we are still waiting to hear the full extent of the injury although there is no fracture.
This is what Steven Taylor said today in the Daily Express:
“We were saying to each other on the pitch that we had the momentum, we had the fans on their backs – I couldn’t really see them scoring, to be honest with you.” “We could see them getting frustrated with themselves. We saw them getting rattled a bit. You could tell by their faces and the way they were arguing among themselves.”
“I thought, ‘We can get something here’. I certainly could not see them scoring until that last big one.” “It was very quiet from them on the pitch. We had a bit of a buzz about ourselves. We believed we were going to get another goal.”
It was really a lack of concentration in that 78th minute that cost Newcastle all three points, because if we could have held it at 1-1 just a bit longer, who knows, we could have grabbed the winner, just as we had the previous week at home to Chelsea.
But it wasn’t to be, and with Aston Villa wining for the first time in 10 games yesterday, when they beat West Ham 2-1 at home, Newcastle are now only 4 points above the relegation zone, and slipped down one place to 5th bottom of the league table.
We also have one point less than the 28 points we had after 26 games played in our relegation season – so we are certainly not out of the woods yet, but over the last 12 games of our relegation season we picked up only one win and three draws, so we should do a lot better than that this time around.
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