It Was A Big Kick Up The Backside

Steven Taylor was born in Greenwich in 1986, and when he was a few months old his Geordie parents brought him to Whitley Bay where he grew up as an indoctrinated Newcastle fan, who has come through the Youth ranks at the club, and was a ball-boy during the great Kevin Keegan area.

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Steven Taylor – we have to accept the criticism

It was obvious that the terrible 3-0 defeat by Sunderland, who beat Everton 1-0 on Saturday to go above Newcastle in the league table, has hurt Steven, as it has hurt the rest of us, and devastated may be a better word than hurt.

This is some of what Steven has told the Shields Gazette today about the Sunderland disaster:

“We have to accept the criticism when it comes,” “After the Fulham game, everyone was happy. We got criticized after the Sunderland game, and we’ve got to hold our hands up and accept that.”

“It was what we deserved. It was a big kick up the backside.” “We get a reaction. It could have gone two ways. We could have sat back, which we didn’t.” “We’ve just got to keep going as a team, and give the fans what they deserve – 100% commitment.”

“They should be disappointed – everyone was disappointed. It’s been difficult – it’s hurt everybody.” “But Saturday’s ‘s performance has lifted everybody. We can hopefully get back to winning ways against Liverpool.”

It was 3 points lost against Sunderland, because we thought that only three draws and six defeats in their previous 9 games meant we were almost certain to win the game.

Yeah – right.

But we didn’t win, and we didn’t win on Saturday either, after being 1-0 ahead at West Brom, and looking good in that first half.

So we have only four points from our last five league games at the business end of the season, and we have to do a lot better than that in the last four games of this season, if we are to avoid relegation and climb the league table from our current 5th bottom place.

To not be able to do that would be a complete and utter tragedy.

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17 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #1

    saylor has been shocking for the last 5 games and been very lucky not to have given away more pens and pull backs.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    IanToon @26, (Repost from Previous Threaad)
    To an extent I agree, but tactics can drag players down. Pardew was seen telling players to drop deep, as a player you will generally do what your manager tells you to, that is a basic given. If your manager says drop 190 yards, you will do it, particularly in a team low on confidence. A top manager can use tactics to make his team better than they are. Swansea are a good example, they have, in the majority, average players, but their tactics make them a better side then they should be.

    Also, tactics are based around Ronaldo, Messi, and Bale. These players are generally given license to play as they want because they are just that good, and the rest of the team is organised to allow for that. We do not have anyone even close to the level of those 3. Cabaye is not that standard.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    Rotonda…He has been slipping back in to old bad habits of late. As and when Colo is ready to play, I’d like to see him and MBiwa and give Taylor a chance to get back to basics.

    Really like him when he’s in form, but his comedy act is frustrating, especially when one decision can effect so much right now. He needs to cut it out and now.

  • John Tudor

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #4

    bad news suareze to play good news he has to wear a muzzle

  • mattyNUFC

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #5

    haven’t commented in a long while now. been pretty busy but, couldn’t hold it any longer

    “we have to accept the criticism”…please tell that to your manager, steven. Pards even had the gall to say the criticism was unfair after the ‘great’ performance against WBA

    surely MA and DL are planning for changes in the summer, and not just playing personnel.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #6

    All those who didn’t want to see Ashley spend his money last year more interested in balancing books got exactly the season they deserved,just a shame they had to wish it on the rest of us.

  • BigKirky

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #7

    Linlongwe, yes, I agree.

    Individual brilliance is what is keeping the negative tactics by Pardew seem better than they are. Last season, on the whole, we were picking up points but the performances weren’t necessarily good.

    I thought that for this season there are two ways which it could go.

    1. We either turn our generally poor disjointed performances which also picked up points from last season into good performances which pick up points.


    2. Continue to play poor negative, disjointed football and this time NOT pick up the points.

    Unfortunately, we have had option two.

    We should have signed those extra players last summer, which may be Pardew’s get out of Jail card, but even without them we should be playing better and more cohesive football than what we’ve seen for the last two seasons.

    It is the quality of the players who are eeking us out a win through individual free kicks or individual goals rather than a big portion of the goals by accomplished team performances and run of the mill goals which then leave the individual goals as a bonus.

    As I keep saying, he should be doing a lot better with the players he has at his disposal. He seems clueless to utilise them to the best of their abilities.

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #8


    Not sure where you get off being so patronising and condescending to the vast number of people who after every match and every excuse seem to be having this same conversation about Pardew’s limitations.

    If you really wanted the best for this club you wouldn’t endlessly keep endorsing this total failure based on what?
    One good season is not the consistently successful manager we need.

    Nor is Moyes in my opinion. We need a young thrusting preferably continental dynamic manager with a CV of some achievement.

    Do you really think next season will bring the exciting, attacking, winning mentality and football we crave with Pardew still here. Even with our upgrades on Simmo and Willo we are still stifled by Pardew’s tactics of the 80s.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    Jail…Hmm, not exactly what I was saying. There is a difference in not wanting to spend and thinking that we didn’t have to. I think you’ll find we expected players to be purchased, but when they didn’t felt we’d be alright until January where we would pick up business once again.

    By “wishing it on the rest of us” do you mean us fans or the board? Are you really going to try and put this down to the fans who thought we’d be okay?

  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #10

    Think we’ve had enough of hearing regret over the Sunderland debacle. Time for action and fiight from the players, not words words they think fans want to hear!

    They should’ve had their backsides kicked by an angry manager but did they? Probably not and were given comforting pats on the head and given a couple of days to rest after running around for 90 minutes, which is hardly a marathon is it.

  • SpaceGhost

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #11

    Saylor is a time bomb ticking whenever he’s playing. I cringe every time he make a back pass. I wish we could sell him to Stoke and get Ryan Shawcross instead. A loan bid for Lescott next season would be welcome.

  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotunda (We need a young thrusting preferably continental dynamic manager with a CV of some achievement.). Where do I send my CV?

  • Rotonda heights

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #13


    I know you make the point in every thread about we’re paying the price for not buying those 5 players we got in January earlier, but we still had virtually half a season left to play when they did come in and we’re still 16th!!.

    Also re- fatigue virtually a different team was playing in the EL till the later stages and we got knocked out at the first hurdle in both domestic cups. I didn’t hear Spurs and Liverpool whinging on about it endlessly.

    I don’t agree with everything you say about Ashley but in his choice of manager he has been woeful for a club of this size.

  • toon22

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #14

    When colos back do you think he will play 3 center halves?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #15

    Not blaming the fans for our position the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of those who thought we had enough in the squad to finish top ten,just saying that those fans who blindly stuck up for idiotic decision not to buy at least a CB and RB got the shite season they deserved .

  • BigKirky

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #16

    Taking off Cabaye (ok he had a niggle so I understand) then taking off Marveaux as well then going on to lose is the biggest insight into what is going on where we’re winning then go on to lose or draw.

    If he knows Cabaye needs to be taken off, then Marveaux should have been kept on. I think Cabaye came off first if I remember correctly (I wasn’t a happy chappy at that game).

    Same goes for Saurday where there was a noticeable shift back by all our players. Cisse was isolated again. No good Pardew in his post match interview putting a lot of emphasis on Cisse’s missed chance.

    Strikers miss chances, if they didnt, they would all score at least a goal a game.

    If Pardew had actually realised that if the team play the second half with the same positive approach as the first with a little tactical tinker to nullify their change in approach and created Cisse another 3 or 4 chances, he’ll probably score one of them. But we didn’t and I don’t think we had a shot on goal or on target.

    Yet Pardew says it’s unfortunate we couldn’t creste a chance second half. If he can’t see that the chance wasn’t created due to him visibly discouraging the players to venture forward and just to sit back (which has happened with many other games we’ve seen) then he shouldn’t be a manager never mind our manager. So basic it’s unreal.

  • Ibizatoon - Back By Popular Demand

    Apr 22, 2013 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda…When the players arrived in Jan, we’d already played something around 20+ PL games, since they arrived we’ve played 11 PL games, plus they’re new players, adapting to a new league in a team already lacking in confidence and facing a relegation battle.

    I know you say “virtually”, but I think you offset the issue a little too easily there.

    Jail…Thanks for clearing that one up for me.


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