Alan Pardew had said before yesterday’s home game with Sunderland that the reason Sunderland had own the last three games was that they defended solidly and waited for us to make mistakes and then they punished those mistakes.
Steven Taylor after head-butting a post in the second half
Steven Taylor says that’s also exactly what happened yesterday, when Sunderland made a quick breakaway that caught us short at the back, and it was former Newcastle Academy player Adam Johnson who smashed the ball home after 90 minutes.
And then a minute later Sunderland should have scored again with a quick breakaway, but somehow Seb Larsson couldn’t score when he was one-on-one with goalkeeper Jak Alnwick.
Alan Pardew now has a another record he doesn’t want – and we suppose that will help his detractors.
He’s the first Newcastle manager ever to lose four games in a row to Sunderland, and that could even be five before the end of the season, since we still have to go to the Stadium of Light in April.
I’m really looking forward to that game.
This is what Steven Taylor told the Chronicle today:
“Please stick with the team. The lads are gutted and sick as chips in the dressing room. The changing room is flat.”
“You expect that, this has hurt, and we have to try to get the result at Man United and make up for this.”
“We can recover. It will be tough at Man United but we have proved we can do it against the big boys. This will hurt a lot of the lads.” “We have to get over it and move on.”
“Hopefully it can be a turning point for us.” “They encouraged us to get forward against Sunderland and get the goal and we tried for them.”
“Every cross was coming in but you have to give Sunderland credit, they defended very well and made it very difficult.” “We knew what they were going to do.”
“They defended deep and waited for us to make mistakes.” “They were out to get us on the counter attack and that’s exactly what happened.”
“They broke very quickly but we have to sort this out.”
While Sunderland were the better team in the first half yesterday, Newcastle started to dominate the second half, but we just couldn’t score.
It’s now crystal clear we need to bring in a top striker next month.
What do you think?
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