Steven Taylor emerged from the dressing room after the match to admit that Swansea played Newcastle ‘off the park’.
The Newcastle player saying that from the kick-off the home side controlled the game and United couldn’t get close to them.
However, the centre-back declared that one positive is that Newcastle have got ‘good characters all around’ the squad and that they will simply pick themselves up, then fight more the next time.
The more sceptical United supporters may well point out that 14 of the 18 players on duty yesterday, were the same ones at the club last season, when a record-breaking run of consecutive defeats was ‘achieved’, the worst in Newcastle’s 123 year history.
With Janmaat’s sending off, Steven Taylor was introduced in the second-half to play alongside Coloccini, with no other option due to an understrength squad, but to play Chancel Mbemba out of position at right-back.
It looks all but certain that in Janmaat’s absence, Newcastle will have to rely on this back four at Old Trafford, with Taylor retaining his place.
Steven Taylor talking to NUFC TV:
“Swansea played us off the park, their passing throughout – from the start they controlled the game. They were in their rhythm straight away and their confidence was very high – we found it difficult to get close to them.
“They played it out from the back too easy and we found it difficult all over the pitch.”
“He is a great character in the dressing room, he’s apologised and we need to move on from that, main thing is now to concentrate on Manchester United.
“The good thing is we’ve got good characters all around and they will pick themselves up. I don’t think anybody needs to tell them, if you get beat you get on with it – make sure the next game you don’t sulk and you fight more.”
Quality of Shelvey:
“Down to 10 men against a side like Swansea, we had to sit back, into shape.
“Not get carried away and bomb forward which would leave gaps, giving likes of Jonjo Shelvey time on the ball and he will hurt you.”