Steven Taylor is a local lad and was a ball boy during the great Kevin Keegan era, and che ame through the Newcastle Youth Academy, and he is one of the few players still at the club, who were part of the relegation side of four years ago.
Steven Taylor – at the final whistle yesterday
I hate to keep writing this – but it was our worst defeats since 1925, and that’s when my late father was two years old, and he hadn’t even watched Newcastle at that time – that’s how bad yesterday’s result was.
To say it was an absolute disgrace is being too kind.
This is what Steven Taylor said after the game, and he looked like death warmed up as he left the field after yesterdays’ disaster:
“It’s a sick feeling. At this moment in time, it feels like a family member has died, if I am being honest with you.” “In the dressing room, looking around everyone was devastated and realized the situation we are in.”
“We have got to accept what’s coming our way, and that’s going to be the criticism this weekend leading up to the West Ham game.” “We have just got to put that to bed and focus on ourselves.”
“Everybody is going to be criticising the team, the manager, everybody, but we have to stick together.” “We have heard those words a lot in the past six months, but that’s vital now.” ” The last three games are going to be like cup finals for us.”
“We have to apologise, first and foremost, to the fans, for everybody who came here and watched the lads, and hold our hands up because we know we let them down.”
“We are devastated with it, it wasn’t acceptable and we all hold our hands up. It wasn’t good enough.” “But we have to stick together and get on with it, and make sure next week we put this to bed and get the three points that we need. It’s vital.”
It’s a pity the lads didn’t stick together yesterday against Liverpool, when we gave an excellent imitation of waving the white flag after Liverpool’s third goal went in – it was simply shameful and it’s hard for Newcastle fans to take.
And I’m not going to accept all these statements that will come out from our players this week – what will happen if we concede an early goal at Upton Park next Saturday – will our players simply wilt like they did yesterday?
That’s where guts, passion, pride and commitment will come out – if there is any left in our players.
And what happens if we get hammered 4-0 (excuse the pun) – will the players keep apologizing?
Pardew and the players have lost a lot of credibility in the last two home games, and it’s up to them if they want to repay the fans for two shameful results.
But talking about it will not do it, and I will not be the only Newcastle fan who is still fuming about what happened yesterday – it was a complete disgrace to Newcastle United.
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