We Could Have Won It – Steven Taylor

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.

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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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16 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    From previous…Just spotted Eds latest health update from saturday. Glad to see its all good at the moment. I am a recovered leukaemia patient, so I know how that kind of good news feels. (Its nice to know your own body isn’t trying to kill you anymore!). All the best, Ed! 🙂

    In reality Sage, I am also in agreement that there are better managers out there, but also there are many who are MUCH worse. I was just being daft before :p

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Any updates on goofy?

  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #3

    Perhaps if he had been fully concentrating on the task in hand ie DEFENDING our goal he may have been able to do something to prevent the 2nd goal!! After all, it is what he’s supposedly there for.

    We have a class CB sat on the bench watching Collo and Saylor playing like clowns – why is that??

  • Markaccus

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    Colo had one lapse in concentration in 3 games, and taylor was marking another man, and suddenly they’re playing like clowns?!

  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #5

    It was a game where any mistake was punished…we saw that from both goals.

    Krul bailed us out other times but every mistake they made krul work.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #6


    was not taylors fault he was holding back another defender and clearly signalled to collo who was the closest to the ball that it was his.

  • toon1707

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #7

    Graeme colo was at fault for both goals against spurs I thought Taylor against villa Chelsea and spurs has been our best defender by a mile if mbiwa was to come in now along side Taylor I think that would be the best option for us but unfortunately with colo being captain that won’t happen

  • mindshaft

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #8

    It was initially Taylors fault ffs – he should have booted the thing, sadly Collo then compounded it
    A complete f up which cost us a point

    Can’t believe the way people defend Taylor on here, he’s a decent defender but always prone to the odd mistake

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    I was gutted with this result, really thought they were poor as a unit, we shud of had them! Tiote would of sorted Bale!

    Whoops, I hope i havn’t started something there 😉

  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #10

    hehe lets not lose sight of whats going on here guys collo has been the best thing that has happened to us defender wise for 99% of his time here.

    saylor had a very very bad start to this season being worse than mike williamson in a lot of games.

    just because they have a poor game or 2 you can not base quality on a bad game ! look at what he’s done in the other games he’s played in as well before you start calling for his head.


    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #11

    Willo wasn’t on the bench watching

  • ~ Phoenix Warrior Perch~

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #12

    Tiote would have gotten a yellow or worse. In the short period of time he played he should have gotten a yellow. What was that during the 92nd minute? He almost lost the plot there kicking wildly.

  • Graeme

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #13

    My point is that Neither of our 2 CB’s have covered themselves with glory in the last 2 or 3 games – Saylors stop with his nuts excepted.

    Saylor has just come back from his usual 6 month injury break, Collo is definately not playing to his usual standard, no matter what he says bout his “personal problems”!!

    M’biwa has been playing regular footy in France while Saylor was out and while Collo has been having his crisis. He is of International standard, fully fit where our regular pair are clearly not.

    In the interests of giving yourself the best possible chance, you use your best possible players to the greatest effect – in which case Mbiwa should be playing.

  • croftus5678

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #14


    i could be wrong here but i did not see either of collo or saylor make one mistake at av or chelsea !

    in fact i thought that was our best defence we have ever had here against 2 teams that on there displays were top 3 team displays.

  • blew

    Feb 11, 2013 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #15

    Graeme @3 and 12
    Totally agree, the problem is AP.
    Anita and Tiote on the bench – Jonas and Perch on the pitch!!!
    Sir Alex man marked Bale, AP cant see why we should have

  • nufc 11

    Feb 11, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #16

    They are playing like clowns, the return of the clown colo the clown, Taylor shoulsd have won the won 4 the 2nd goal but Colo was asleep, against lst wk we strolled out to block Mata standing 5yards off 4 chelsea 2nd, he has been doing it all season against, Stoke away, everton home, man city home, Liverpool away allowed Suarez make a fool of him Man U and Arsenal away and loads more I ask anyone to sit back and look at the games we lost this season and he has been the one stand out player thats been the cause of our downfall
    (To be fair not the only one Willo and Santon too) but his supose to be world class and our captain wed Ba banging him in, but cudnt keep them out I think his off in his homelland playing games in his head coz he hasnt been in england.


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