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It’s Back To The Drawing Board For Spiritless Newcastle

8:21 am, Monday, February 17th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

Steven Taylor has come out today and talked about the game last Wednesday against Tottenham and said the obvious – that it just wasn’t good enough, and at least he’s right there.

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Steven Taylor – it wasn’t good enough

But the thing that upset Newcastle fans the most is that a number of our players seemed to give up in the game,  and it was no coincidence that Tottenham scored two goals in the last eight minutes, and it became almost a rout at 4-0 – and the game was at St. James’ Park too.

The players displayed no real spirit, and it was our fourth straight defeat at home in the league, and the 5th in all competitions – so it wasn’t good enough by a long long way.

This is what Steven said today:

“From our point of view we weren’t good enough – simple as that. All over the pitch.” “It’s a game to forget for everybody.”

“It wasn’t good enough.”  “It’s back to the drawing board. It’s going to be down to hard work now.” “Aston Villa is going to be a big game for us.”

“We’re very disappointed.” “We have to look at the game and where it went wrong.”  “We need to get on the training pitch and get back to basics.”

“It’s disappointing for them. They will be angry and so they should be.”  “It’s up to us to put smiles back on their faces. We must go one game at a time and get ready for Aston Villa now.”

“I don’t know what happened out there.”  “From the first 10 minutes we didn’t get hold of the game. We let Tottenham take control and they kept it well.”

We’re likely to hear from other players this week, about how they will all be a lot better on Sunday against Aston Villa, who are again struggling against relegation.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating, and we’ll just how to see what the attitude and form of the players is on Sunday.

But certainly with the selling our best player last month, it seems to have wrecked the season – and it’s now Alan Pardew’s job to get the players fired up.

But with top five not a possibility, and hopefully relegation not a threat, that could prove to be very difficult.

What do you think?

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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Taylor shouldn’t be anywhere near our first team! No surprise for me that our shocking form has come alongside his return to the first team! Him and Willo just don’t work as a partnership!
    For me our centre defense needs to be one of either Willo or taylor, playing alongside MYM or Collo!
    Taylor goes into that category with Shola of if he wasn’t a geordie he’d never have done 10 years at NUFC

  • 2 Transfer Sage // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:28 AM

    I think the biggest thing we could do for the game is go back to having mbiwa and wilo at the back, been our most successful partnership this season.

  • 3 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    Can’t believe MYM will be 4th choice when Coloccini comes back…shocking!!!
    Thats my problem with Pardew really, I don’t feel like he gets enough out of players with ability! A manager like Ferguson gets players playing upto 25% above their capabilities, whereas for me Pardew has ours playing upto 50% under their ability!
    Personally don’t rate Marveaux, and no manager has ever got consistency from HBA, but the loss of form to Cisse, Sissoko, MYM, Santon is awful! All very talented guys!

  • 4 Slank // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:33 AM

    Sage

    I think Colo is back as is Tiote and Remy.

    All the big guns.

    I see a resounding win.

  • 5 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Im going to go out on a limb and say we will turn in a good performance against Villa and get the win also. 2-1 or 2-0.

    My reasoning and beliefs for the poor displays and results of late is down to injuries and suspensions coming all at once.

    With Tiote back in. Also Gouffran with a game under his belt and a weeks training to get him upto scratch. Remy back and also Coloccini returning.

    Our first eleven will look good and the bench will be stronger should we look to change it up during the game.

    Win against Villa.

  • 6 Slank // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:38 AM

    Jay,

    I’m not sure MYM is the fourth.

    Ideally, it’s a combination of a big no nonsense centre half (Willo or Saylor) alongside a more cultured centre half (Colo or MYM).

    When Colo leaves for the Argentine I see MYM slotting into his vacant position alongside Willo.

  • 7 Slank // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Toon-Prodigy

    I think Villa will get a right pasting.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if more than 4 goals were scored by us.

    There must be a lot of pent up anger and frustration in our dressing room waiting to explode on the pitch.

  • 8 Transfer Sage // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    slank

    That will be ok then. But I think MYM is 4th choice, as can be seen from him on the bench whilst wilo and taylor have been playing, even though taylor has been poor.

  • 9 Transfer Sage // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    slank

    We very rarely score 4 goals under Pardew though, I think we will win though.

  • 10 jayphoto // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    seems to be behind taylor and willo at the moment though.
    Getting a bit tired of Pardew playing so many players out of position to be honest. MYM is a centreback, not a full back, Sissoko is a defensive central midfielder, Gouffran is a striker, Remy is a left sided winger… too many players forced into unnatural positions to get them in the side and then are castigated when they don’t perform there

  • 11 Toon-Prodigy // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Slank,

    That is exactly my thoughts aswell.

    I think this game will also give us a good idea of life without Cabaye also. Everyone is fit who matters as far as I can see.

    It’s going to be an interesting spectacle.

  • 12 Slank // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:48 AM

    Sage,

    I watched our match on a Danish, or it could have been a Norwegian, channel and it was all gibberish except when the commentator said when Saylor had the ball ‘no nonsense’.

    Pity he didn’t follow it up with ‘big lump’ !

  • 13 Wandering Geordie // Feb 17, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    The customary use of the word sorry by the much overhyped and overated Taylor. The usual cliches and remorse Shouldn’t be in the team…For me Wilo and MYM at the back.

  • 14 Greebol1892 // Feb 17, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Pardew has to go simply for putting Taylor and Colo ahead of MYM.
    Keeping our best CB benched match after match while we are shipping goals for fun is just completely unacceptable.

  • 15 custurd // Feb 17, 2014 at 10:05 AM

    Greebol1892

    Agreed. Add to that benching Cisse for Strola. Sure, the former is out of form but he’s never gonna hit form while benched, and at least he’s got it in him to be prolific, unlike the latter. Also, the Ben Arfa situation. Do you really think Barcelona ask Messi to “track back”? In every walk of life bosses play employees to their strengths. Taking our most naturally gifted attacking player and telling him to defend is ludicrous. Pardew is asking him, nay telling him, to do something he can’t do and in doing so is killing his creativity. Maybe he wants a team full of cloggers?

  • 16 Sav // Feb 17, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    News of the weekend should have been ‘ Newcstle centreback heads a goal’. Unfortunately, referring to Curtis good for Dundee Utd. How long is it since one of ours headed in a corner?

  • 17 Tommaz // Feb 17, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Why Taylor gets in before MYM is beyond me. He has been a liability for years. Pardew has his favourites, why else would Taylor and Shola get a game ahead of Cisse and MYM. Pardew is severely limited when it comes to getting the best out of talented foreign players, HBA for example. The bloke has bags of skill but Pardew sticks him on the bench and blames his workrate. Seem to remember him doing this with Tevez years ago. I’ve had enough of his excuses- he Is Incompetent and needs replacing with a tactically astute manager now.




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