Steven Taylor gave another excellent performance for Newcastle at the back against Swansea on Saturday, and his fine performances of late will no doubt not be going unnoticed by England manager Roy Hodgson.
Steven Taylor – excellent performance on Saturday
Steven tops our Man of the Match poll with 38% of the vote with Moussa Sissoko on 24% of the vote and Mathieu Debuchy in third place on 12%.
But Steven still ended up on the losing side, and we came away with absolutely nothing from the match in South Wales, and we suppose the players will just have to suck it in – as the Newcastle fans have had to do.
And Pardew was asked if it was hard for players like Steven and Moussa turning in two great performances and yet still being on the losing side:
“Yes, and it was the same with a lot of the players out there.” “Moussa Sissoko in the second half was brilliant and to be on the losing team it’s difficult to look them in the eye and say, ‘should have played better’.”
“With Collocini out it is important we have Taylor and I thought he was excellent.” “I thought Rob Elliot played well and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa.” “Coming in for two class players is difficult.”
“We have our own emotions but I feel sorry for them because they’ve played well and we’ve played well and we’ve nothing.” “I don’t worry about the team. I think the team is strong. It’s just disappointing not to get anything on the day.”
It should be a good lesson for the team to learn – that you must always stay strong in defense, and certainly it was an unfortunate goal we conceded late in the game.
It was a pity on many fronts but there’s no doubt our defending is still the weakness of the team, and yet we were so close to a clean sheet on Saturday.
Newcastle have conceded 49 goals in our 28 league games, and that’s an average of 1.65 goals per game – but in our five league games since the five Frenchmen arrived, we’ve conceded 8 goals – an average of 1.6 goals per game – so that’s an area we can still improve on.
And a late goal by Newcastle on Saturday, and we would have all been going on about how great we played in that second half – but it was not to be – and it’s over now – so we need to concentrate on beating Anzhi Makhachkala and Stoke in our next couple of games, and things will be looking up again.
Howay The Lads!!
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