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Taylor – We Need to Sort Things Out

Steven Taylor, Newcastle’s England Under-21 captain has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today and admits there is still a lot of work to do at the back.

Steven has recently regained his place in the side having been dropped unceremoniously by Big Sam following his performance in the 3-1 away defeat at Manchester City in late September.


Stephen Taylor – work still to do in Newcastle’s defense

Steven told the Evening Chronicle today:

“We need to sort things out, without a doubt.” “We will watch the video of the Sunderland game and see how we can improve.”

“We have to defend better away from home – we know that.” “We also have to be a bit more solid at home, but our away form’s our biggest concern this season, and it has to get sorted.”

“In our game at Sunderland I think we gave them far too much respect in the first half.”  “We should have got in amongst them more as they were picking up every second ball. They controlled the game and we just seemed to sit back.”

“We will have a look at it, and see what we can improve on, but the main thing is that we did not lose.” “The worst thing would have been coming off the pitch having lost and seeing those Geordie fans go home disappointed.”

We have to admit we are surprised that stupid defensive mistakes are still being made at the back. The mistakes made by Cacapa, of all people, in the game against Pompey was particularly disturbing, because he looked to be the no-nonsense experienced defender Newcastle needed. It came out after the game that Cacapa may have been carrying a knee injury during that game. Claudio has indeed been unfit with a knee problem since that game. However, we don’t know if it’s true he was carrying the injury, but we hope it is, because at least it explains Cacapa’s terrible performance. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking on our part.

On the England scene, Taylor seems to be doing an excellent job with the Under-21s, with the team having won every game and not even conceded a goal since he became the captain. England have won their first four qualifiers and are at the top of their group.

And Taylor adds:

“We’ve got Bulgaria and then Portugal in Agenda on Tuesday night.” “We beat Bulgaria in September, but we haven’t played Portugal yet. They are a very good side, though they did get beaten by Bulgaria.”

“We’ve got four or five injuries cropping up now, but we are still confident. We have a good group of players and it’s going great, and long may that continue.”

Steven’s looked very good in the last two Newcastle games and adds that determination and spirit that we need at this time, as we struggle to get things right at the back. But we cannot struggle for too much longer, because we cannot afford to drop too many more points, due to our defensive frailties.

Comments welcome.

12 comments so far

  • Kash

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    Keep a consistent back 4, help them get organised and tell the midfield to keep possession!

  • Kash

    Nov 15, 2007 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #2

    Quote from Roeder concerning Pattison:
    “he doesn’t know what it is to lose.”
    Well Glenn, he does know what it is to lose, as you played him last season numerous times when we lost miserably!!!!

  • yemozone

    Nov 15, 2007 at 3:40 PM

    Comment #3

    sick of these watching of videos.
    SA still going to use thesame tactics

  • Graham

    Nov 15, 2007 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #4

    I wish Allardyce would do what Ferguon does and stop his players from talking to the press – there more likely to knuckel down and improve instead of who can get the most stories in the local rags. Sam could do with buttoning his lip at times as well – just concentrate on the football lads…

  • Bill f

    Nov 15, 2007 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #5

    They probably aren’t match videos, they are most likely slasher flics featuring Joey.

  • Hammy

    Nov 15, 2007 at 6:03 PM

    Comment #6

    Agree Graham, 3 press conferences a day….give us a break….I wouldn’t mind so much if we were winning or it was during the transfer window…..
    I don’t want to hear such soundbytes as:
    “it’s something we’ve been working hard on….”
    “the lads are bitterly disappointed”
    “Babayaro has had a setback…”
    “James is a premier league darts player”
    Blah blah blah………

    Anyway, moving on lets have Russia stuff Israel and put us out of our misery.

    I’ve heard McClaren is a canny plasterer if there is any of you builders out there wanting a subby………

  • Hammy

    Nov 15, 2007 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #7

    If Taylor was as good as he thought he was we’d be able to play a 1-5-4 formation…..

  • Oz Toon

    Nov 15, 2007 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Yada Yada Yada, what a load of rubbish.

    Taylor hasn’t played particularly well all year, against the unwahsed he made some bollocking runs and his effort was 100% but he still makes heaps of mistakes and he is not a R/B.

    I get sick of saying it but why do Newcastle managers insist on playing lads out of position. If Taylor can’t make the team as C/B he shouldn’t be in it. Fancy playing Taylor at R/B and Zogs at L/B!

    With Faye and Caccapa injured maybe we will actually play Beye or Carr at R/B and Enrique at L/B and get Milner and Zoggs into their proper positions.
    Trouble is BSA doesn’t seem to have the guts to drop 2 of his central midfielders (all his buys) so he keeps playing one of them as R/M – it drives me barmy. Smith, Geremi or Barton are not wide midfielders… But they are BSA buys and clearly none of them are better than the Zogs and Milner (as wide me).

  • Brisbane Mag

    Nov 15, 2007 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #9

    We need to sign up Taylor for the next 5 years as he’s our future capatain. He’s not the finished article and still makes mistakes, but he’s a no-nonsense type player that gives his all for Newcastle United……

    Come on Mort, use your magic, break the deadlock and sign up this boy for the future!

  • Leo

    Nov 16, 2007 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #10

    kash what roeder meant with not being able to loose, was he doesnt sit back and die when we are behind i think… might be wrong though

  • Len

    Nov 16, 2007 at 3:20 AM

    Comment #11

    blah blah blah. I have some sympathy for forwards taking time to gel together. None for defenders. If you know your position you should be able to do a reasonable job. A big part of our problem is the whole team needs to defend, not just the back four, and typically 4 or 5 of them dont put in a full shift. Means the back four get overrun everytime opposition midfield come forward.

  • Ed Harrison

    Nov 17, 2007 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #12

    The Newcastle United Blog will be off the air for a little while. We have been trying to change servers and it’s taking some time to get everything done.
    Not sure how long this will take but we’ll be up just as soon as we can.
    We apologize for this.


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