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.
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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