Taylor - We Have A Game Plan (Honestly!)

Last updated : 06 May 2014 By Footy Mad - Editor

Alan Pardew was missing from the lap of appreciation, but despite the hostile atmosphere Taylor believes the team stuck to their game plan even if it didn’t always include playing the way supporters would like.

But, let's be honest, Cardiff are the worst team in the Premier League by a country mile, and anything other than a win for Newcastle would have been a catastrophe ... especially after losing the last six!

But, as the saying goes "you can only beat what's put in front of you."

And they did that.

Steven Taylor: “We just wanted to go out there and win the game and we could not let other matters affect us.

“I thought the lads stuck to the game plan. I know the fans wanted it moved forward more but I thought it was a winning performance.

"Sometimes in recent weeks, we've been trying that one extra pass which we don't really need.

“The players just wanted to get that win. In the last couple of weeks, we have been playing some good football but have been struggling to score goals and things haven't gone well for us, hitting the bar, the post, whatever.

"But against Cardiff, everything just fell right for us. From defence through midfield to the strikers, it all worked for us.

“I don't think it affected the players although I thought the fans looked a bit nervous but for us, we targeted a few things with Cardiff and stuck to our game plan, concentrated on that and tried to kill the game dead when sometimes the fans want us to attack a bit more but we just had to make sure we got the three points and keep a clean sheet which was vitally important.

“Everyone inside that dressing room was happy. We got the three points and we've been trying to do that for weeks now and we haven't managed it but I thought everyone stuck together.

“Hopefully, next season, we will bounce up and get even better. I'm under contract for another couple of years. It's been a frustrating season for me - that Man City game (Taylor was sent off at the Etihad Stadium on the opening day of the season) killed me but I am looking forward to Liverpool game and then kick on next season.”