Steven Taylor made only his second appearance for Newcastle this season yesterday, and after his 45 minutes at Manchester City in the first game of the season when he was sent off just before half time, the game yesterday wasn’t much better, and Newcastle lost again and are out of the FA Cup at the first hurdle, after losing to a very average Cardiff City side 2-1.
Steven Taylor – we haven’t been good enough
Newcastle again played a weakened side in the FA Cup, and we paid for that with yet another early exit under Alan Pardew, who has the unenviable record of winning just one of five FA Cup ties since becoming the Newcastle manager just over three years ago.
It’s a pathetic record.
Steven Taylor says he was devastated yesterday by the result yesterday – same here:
“It’s a killer blow.” “We understand – listen, this competition is massive and people don’t realise how big this competition is.” “Even from a young lad, come the FA Cup, this is what you want to be in and to try to win.”
“But the last three years just haven’t been good enough. We just need more belief.” “This is the third year on the trot for us – that’s got to hurt.”
“We didn’t deserve to win. Maybe for 20 minutes in the first half, we played well and possibly 10 in the second half when we had a good little stint.”
“But they just wanted it that bit more.” “We didn’t deal with the set-plays and, at the end of the day, that has cost us the game. I am just devastated we lost.”
There’s simply now excuse for our players not wanting to win as much as the Cardiff players did, and it’s up to Alan Pardew as manager to sort out the players who didn’t show the required ambition and make sure they don’t play in our next game against Manchester City next Sunday.
Maybe they were the ones he bawled out after the game yesterday in the dressing room – and if he didn’t he should have – because there’s simply no room in the Newcastle side for players who don’t give 100%.
As well as not being good enough, we just don’t take the FA Cup and the League Cup seriously any more – that ‘s the truth – even though Alan Pardew and some others simply will not admit that.
So now we have the league to concentrate on – and maybe we can get back to doing well in the Premier League – since that’s all that’s left for us this season.
We’re as devastated as Steven is that we lost to Cardiff City yesterday. 🙁
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