Steven Taylor Devastated By Defeat

Steven Taylor had another great game in defense for Newcastle at Swansea on Saturday – and if you don’t know who Steven is – he’s the one with Newcastle United tattooed across his forehead – well that’s at least what I see when I see Steven Taylor in a Newcastle shirt.

steven taylor at swansea 1-0 loss

Steven Taylor in action on Saturday – get in!

But Steven was devastated after the game on Saturday and the other players were very quiet as they got onto the bus for the airport after a game they knew we should have won.

Here’s what local lad Steven Taylor said in the Evening Chronicle today:

“It can’t come any quicker. We need a game under our belt.” “We go to Moscow and it will be freezing. But when you come from a defeat you want the next game quickly, and we have that.”

“I’m devastated, in the first half they caused us some problems but defensively our shape was spot on again.” “In the second half we had two great chances for Papiss Cisse and Moussa Sissoko. But it just wasn’t to be.”

“They had a few little cheeky shots but we defended well as a team.” “It wasn’t our day in front of goal or in the final third but we had them on the ropes.” “They dropped off and were making errors. They were getting frustrated and were kicking it long.”

“Their midfield were getting frustrated because they couldn’t get into a passing game or find their flow.” “Cabaye was cutting through them with passes and Moussa had the freedom of the stadium – he was doing what he wanted.”

“They’d settled for the draw. You could see it.” “They were backing off, I just don’t know how we didn’t score. I wasn’t thinking of getting just one, it was more like two or three.” “We got done by a ricochet off two defenders.”

“Luke Moore came in and I wouldn’t say he showed composure – I say he got lucky as he didn’t know Yohan Cabaye was there.” “It just hit his foot and trickled over Robbie. They are the worst ones to lose.”

We’ll put it down to one of those games – where we just didn’t have the luck – and hope the lads can take their frustration and get good results in our two upcoming games against Anzhi Makhachkala in Russia and Stoke City at home – because after all – that’s all that matters right now.

And there’s one of these games when we are going to take a team apart – maybe on Sunday against Stoke City?

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144 comments so far

  • robin

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #1

    When you have Pardew, running the show these results are always going to occur. The guy is clueless!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Are you Beattie 25 on some type of twisted revenge mission for all of the injustices you feel have been carried out on the blog ?

  • ilovetoon8788

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    The only issue i have with Pardew is his use of substitutions. He makes good tactics before the game. But his ability to change things round is absolutely inept. Pardew uses his substitutions always beyond the 80th minute or 90th minute, which i can’t understand why.

    Which is why i have my doubt if he’s the manager to take us to the next level. I would take Laudraup in a heartbeat. But until then, I’ll support Pardew nonetheless.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Watched the game yesterday, so that I could form my own opinion on the game. I do feel we were unlucky not to get something out of the game, but that’s football for ya.

    Ilovetoon…I know what you mean, but to be honest, watching that second half you can’t blame Pardew for thinking a goal was coming and coming soon, so why make the change?

    Anyone who says we were outplayed over the 90 minutes against Swansea is officially deluded as far as I am concerned. There were patches for sure, but we game them a good game at their home pitch, I can understand disappointment, but there should be no shame with that performance imo.


    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Tbf to Beattie he was never as bad as robin plus he would have a discussion with people, robin is just a bob, bill etc type saddo probably same bloke who was behind those accounts as well

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #6

    Jail…Not a terrible shout, but Beattie generally was funnier than wor Robin…plus his language isn’t quite colourful enough.


    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #7

    Hope Taylor is picked up for french squad

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #8

    But Beattie is too easily seen through when being himself under a different name,so maybe robin is an outlet for his anger !Ian Took or Push would know 😉

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail…I suppose we shouldn’t put it past him, he is not a fool after all (Beattie that is, Robin comes across as a complete and utter fool).

    So how do you feel about Anzhi?

  • Rainrix

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #10

    Funny came on here just after we conceded to masses of Pardew out posts when it was our defences error. Typical.

  • TorqToon

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #11

    Robin?? Do you not get bored with all this?!

    You are more repetitive than the crazy French mezze I ate last night!

    Change the record man! Seriously!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #12

    Rainrix…Surely there weren’t calls for Pardew to be fired?

    I don’t get it. If they’re focusing on that game, Pardew may have been able to improve little things, but generally we did well, with the exception of that stupid defensive mistake and not being able to take our chances…how is that down to Pardew?

  • Rainrix

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #13

    Ibiza… Exactly. I think our 2nd half performance was improved thanks to pards shooting a rocket up our players @rses and yet no one mentions that do they?

    Another criticism was bringing subs on to late, the thing is if it disrupted our rhythm that we had going on he would’ve got the flack for that as well, he can’t win with some of the cretins on here.

    Ah well might as well get back to it. Pardews so stupid that he thought fruit punch was a gay boxer.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #14

    Rainrix… There is an argument that maybe someone like Marv would have provided some extra flair, but I still maintain that watching the game live, it could be expected that a goal was coming.

    You make a good point there about firing a rocket up their @rses at HT. Normally it seems to be the complete opposite, dare i say a sign of improvement?

    No, I don’t dare. Pardew is so stupid that he failed a survey.

  • Rainrix

    Mar 4, 2013 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #15

    Ibiza… Dont get me wrong i would’ve made subs as well its just if they’d backfired he’d get flack either way. I did find although he was one of our best players sissoko looked the most tired and yet he didn’t get brought off. Maybe he’s just one of those players who sweats profusely.

    Hopefully it is, now we actually seem capable of competing in 2nd half’s now.

    Although i wouldn’t bet on it pardew is so stupid he thought Tupac Shakur was a Jewish holiday.

  • check the toastie

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Think we played pretty well 2nd half, thought Tiote was terrible first half, fouls people just for the sake of it, total stupidity, need to be replaced by Anita in Moscow.

    We now have a team that is considerably better tan anything in the last 10/15 years, all we need now is our manager to step up to the plate or find one that can. In all Pardews tenure we have never played football as well as Swansea did 1st half, if Pardew had a midfeld of Routledge, Brittain, De Guzman, Dyer etc then he would have already condemned us to relegation.

    Its a shame really our maanger for me is our weakest link, hope he proves us wrong.

  • Spuggy

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #17

    Check posting without calling pards/players or promoting Anita is like putting a pastel in your mouth without chewing it.


  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #18

    Rainrix…For now, I think I am out of “so stupid” jokes…that’s not an invitation for “Ibizatoon is so stupid…” 😉

    On Sissoko, I guess it was also a case of he would probably be one of the most likely candidates to get a goal. Actually scratch that, it’s just because Pardew is so damn stupid.

  • tequilamag

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #19

    Spuggy I am looking forward to please don`t pick Simmo on thursday from Check. His new Anita material is OK but I like his old material the best

  • Rainrix

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #20

    Ibiza… I would call you stupid, but you also agree that pardew is also stupid, therefore logically you’re exempt from being called stupid. I feel stupid myself for saying stupid too much. 🙂

    Pardews so stupid that on his CV for the newcastle job he put 999 as his emergency contact

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #21

    I don’t know what happened with you I used to enjoy reading your posts.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #22

    i thought we played very well going forward (ok tiote’s silly tackles are getting me annoyed now but in all he did well)

    saylor was our best defender by far and mbiwa looked way off the experiance needed for the prem.

    elliott’s kicking lost us a lot also and it was his main advantage i had over krull also (hopeing this was just an off day for the lad)

    but goofy/sissoko again the stars of the show

  • Rainrix

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Croftus… Elliot wasn’t helped by constant poor back passing by our back-line mainly saylor, mbiwa was guilty a couple of times as well.

    Mbiwa played fine for me. I reckon the language barrier is a bit of a problem for him, theres no doubting the lads quality but theres room for improvement as always.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Afternoon lads,

    Im pretty much in the same thinking as Taylor, just one of those days.

    Pretty good performance, where we were sucker punched late on with no time to recover.

    We outplayed Swansea for large portions of the game and looked like we could of pulled off at least a draw.

    We started with a poor attidude and let them play but as the game wore on you could see we had more quality in the middle of the park.

    Cisse, I really don’t understand this lad. He can be so frustrating to watch. He always has a smile on his face, even when he misses good chances, sitters etc. I’d like to see him get angry at himself and apply himself a bit better. I’v got faith in him, we all know he has the ability, he just needs to get on a run with some goals. Im hoping Ben Arfa coming back into the team results in a lot more chances for the lad.

    Gouffran ok, Debuchy ok, Sissoko was quality. Cabaye a little off from his usual standards. Corners need some work. Good to see Taylor back and getting in the box for set pieces. He is the only person in the squad capable of getting on the end of something.

    Silly goal cost us. But im not to down hearted. We more than matched them and were unlucky in the end.

    Looking forward to the game this week. It’s going to be a tough one.

  • martoon

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #25

    I thought Mbiwa did OK but there were a couple of times he was caught out by the speed and tenacity of the premiership but I’m sure he’ll soon learn.
    I think most would agree we were the better team for large parts of the match but were outdone by a suckerpunch goal – it happens in football. It happened to us on Saturday but we’ve done it to others before – I seem to remember a home match early in the season but I’ve forgotten who were the opposition.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #26

    Ibiza, I thought a draw was fair, no more. Pardew looked a bit of a tit afterwwards. The interviewer asked him if he could change anything – eg with the defence for that goal – and Pards blurted back that he wouldnt chance a thing. I mean there’s being defensive and being silly. Again, my buddy Santon was crap defensively. Pardew has to ask himself why we have had so many bad first halves this season.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    I dont think Cisse will be our munber 1 forward next season though. His touch is very poor at times.

  • Shot Bru

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #28

    robin is Nile Ranger!?!

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #29

    Prodigy & Martoon…Careful, two sensible posts in a row…

    Munster…I think most would have seen a draw as a fair and decent result. 1-0 either way could / should have been expected and not really anything to write home about.

    Out of interest, why do you think we have so many bad first halves? My thoughts would be something along the lines of sitting back and assessing what the other team throw at us. Ride out the first half and see if we can grab a goal and see where we go from there. Not overly inspiring really.

    On Cisse, not sure if he will be dislodged as our No. 1 striker, but some proper competition is needed to keep him on his toes and to give us the option of dropping him when needed.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #30

    I agree munster,

    I think whoever we bring in summer time will surpass Cisse.

    He needs help up there with the goals. We need a 20 goals a season striker and sadly I don’t think Cisse can do that. I think he has 6 this season, I know he has been played out of position to help the team but that is a low total.

    Im sticking by him but I want to see him apply himself better, get angry and work at it more. He’s looking far too relaxed for me.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #31

    Ibiza, I dont think Pardew has them motivated enough going on the pitch. We have had piles of bad first halves and he needed to watch this. As for Cisse, love him, but I dont think he leads the line well. Offside too much, and awful first touch. Hope that changes but I tend to make fairly correct calls on players abilities and limitations.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 4, 2013 at 12:55 PM

    Comment #32

    I’m almost certain Robin isn’t beattie, bob/billy!ted used to use the word ‘chancer’ a lot and scathing judgements on people’s ‘patter’. Sounds like him/them.

    I don’t blame Santon for the goal, strangely enough, just keep pointing out that he seems to be unaware sometimes of the danger he ezposes us to when goig forward. Plus I remember saying way back that when jonas is finally replaced the next player will be tested in his ability to drop back and cover. Cue Gouffran. Could his performances end up being tagged by the upsurging Italian maestro? I thought gouufran was subdued on saturday, read into it what you will.

  • Toon-Prodigy

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #33

    Alreet Ibiza,

    Im stumped as to why we start games slow out the blocks, it seems its a more than often occurence. It was almost like a cockey start, a little over confident? Like we just said “OK, show us what you can do?”

    Pardew was going mad with them for it. And rightly so.

    Im sure this will be addressed in training this week. You can’t afford to start games like that in the Premier League.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #34

    Munster…Seems a bit too simplistic for me. Surely at some point Pardew or the players themselves would have figured out they’re starting slowly, surely this must be part of the desired approach…or maybe Pardew really is clueless 🙂

    Currently I am backing Cisse and will reserve judgement for now. I suppose he had half a season of his game being tampered with, so maybe he just needs more time to get back in to the swing of things.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #35

    Prodigy…Top of the afternoon to ya. If we’re talking about the Swansea game, then I agree. Pardew seemed completely exasperated at what was going on, did he sit down at all during the game? I do think however, as I said above, that I feel this may be a Pardew approach, start cautiously and see what the opposition has to offer, then set about our game. There is a difference between being cautious and being asleep mind.

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Ibiza, somethimes the answer is simple. We start badly most of the time – certainly pre the french guys. That has to be tactical or more likely motivational. I’m noit saying they dont know it. As for Cisse, his poor first touch is nothing to do with his adjustment. Its just a poor first touch.

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #37

    Munster…I would hope that is the case, as I often struggle if answers aren’t simple. I am leaning towards tactical, but obviously motivation could be a huge factor, but once again, surely at some point this would have been addresses, then again, maybe it is, just not well enough?!?

    Agree on Cisses first touch…unless that first touch is a shot of course, in which case it can be devastatingly good.

  • brian kilclines pony tail

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #38

    i realise that pardew must have given the players a rollocking at half time, I do not agree with his starting tactics being good though, I looked through all of pardews games and since he has been manager we have been slow starters in the vast majority of games (not many goals at all prior to the 30 min mark, although i have not compared this to any other manager/team)
    It seems to take at least 20 mins for the team to get a foot hold in games.
    A match is only 90 mins long, i feel that too often we are giving up a 1/4 of a match to the opposition.
    I am not saying sack him but he needs to improve his pre match team talks to get the adrenalin pumping.

  • nufc 11

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #39

    Throw Ba into the team now and wed have a cracking team hopefullt HBA can hit the ground running coz we need goals, id love to see Santon play RM and HBA play LM, move Yanga to LB for Stoke game, Iam I the only one who thinks Santon is not a LB?

  • Ibizatoon - Back by popular demand

    Mar 4, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #40

    Munster…Addressed not addresses – consider myself suitably punished.


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