Steven Taylor says that when Newcastle went three goals down within the first 17 minutes, he ‘knew it would be difficult’.

Nothing gets past that lad…well apart from all of the Chelsea players!

The United defender says that the players have to all ‘hold their hands up’ and ‘accept the criticism’.

Accepting the one-sided nature of the game, Steven Taylor admits that while Newcastle caused them no problems whatsoever, apart from the last-minute Townsend goal, Chelsea threatened throughout the 90 minutes.

In an attempt to lessen the impact/shock of having their shortcomings so ruthlessly exposed, Taylor claims that Newcastle did the same to West Brom as Chelsea did to Newcastle.

Whilst it was a very good display against a shocking West Brom, it wasn’t just the scoreline though that was on the same level as the Chelsea debacle.

Yes Newcastle were much better on the day than the Baggies but to claim it was anything like Saturday at Stamford Bridge, would be at least a little delusional.

Even if you thought Newcastle had performed at such a high level against West Brom, then even that would raise major worries, because if United can’t score more than one goal when they are the better team throughout a game – if they can’t take chances then how can we expect Newcastle to win in more even matches?

Let’s hope when the players are having fun in the sun at La Manga, they come up with a winning formula.

Steven Taylor:

“It is a sickening feeling coming off the pitch and the long wait doesn’t help – it is going to play on our minds and it has hurt the boys.

“They were pulling us out of position and we found it difficult, they controlled the whole 90 minutes.

“When it went to 3-0 down we knew it would be difficult.

“They nullified us down to little snapshots, nothing that was going to cause them any problems.

“They were causing us all sorts of problems, all through the game – we got a consolation goal, but we weren’t good enough all over the park.

“Everyone has got to hold their hands up…we have got to take it on the chin.

“There are no excuses and we have got to accept the criticism – they did what we did to West Brom.”