Steven Taylor played at Aston Villa in May of 2009, when we lost that final game of the season to an own goal from Damien Duff, and we were relegated for the very first time from the Premier League.
Devastated Steven Taylor – after final whistle on Saturday
What a complete disaster
And Steven and the rest of us were simply devastated when that happened, completely devastated – and there were TV pictures of Newcastle fans weeping after the final whistle.
We hope that kind of sight doesn’t happen after our last home game of the season against Arsenal on May 19th, but our players will need to buck up and show some fight and spirit if that is to be avoided.
This is some of what Steven Taylor had to say yesterday:
“This weekend has been the worst of my career and surely for the rest of the lads it has to be too. We have to accept the criticism which comes our way.”
“It will be fully deserved. We have three games left to go and it is important we stick together. If we do not, we will crumble. You cannot have even one person not pulling his weight.”
“I feel sick in the gut. I just want to apologize to every fan who came to the game and every fan who watched on television, everybody who is associated with the club really. It is a horrible, horrible feeling for us.”
“In the first five minutes we were so open. Liverpool came here and they played how they wanted to play. They were allowed to do what they wanted.”
Steven was inconsolable at Villa Park four years ago, so to say that was the worst weekend of his career is really saying something.
Hopefully some calm and control will return in the form of Fabricio Coloccini on Saturday, and he is likely to be paired with Steven in central defense.
It will be another body blow if Fab is not fit for Saturday’s game.
And we need to start Ben Arfa, and just hope his hamstring holds up – we need every single player in a black and white shirt fighting like hell on Saturday.
But somehow we don’t see that happening after watching the last two home games.
But it will take guts, fight, pride and passion from our players if we are to survive this season – that’s a fact.
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