Ahead of Stoke on Wednesday, Steven Taylor has given us the benefit of his opinion.

The defender says that we are now at the stage where the team must ‘fight together and pull the same way’.

This obviously prompts you to instantly think – surely they should have been fighting together and pulling the same way all season?

Whilst Steven Taylor always has plenty to say for himself and subsequently winds a lot of supporters up even further as a consequence, he is not alone.

We hear the same type of thing from Steve McClaren and many other players after each successive defeat, things are going to be different blah blah blah, but it counts for nothing when the same old failings show up.

Ayoze Perez was at it yesterday.

Just like everybody else I like the young Spaniard but he comes out with ridiculous stuff just like the rest of them.

Newcastle have scored only seven goals in 14 away games, the worst of all the 92 clubs in the top four divisions, and yet Perez claims he is sure we will get goals against Stoke…

Ayoze Perez:

“In some games, we have had some problems in terms of finishing but I think we are getting more confident and we will get more goals. It will come against Stoke, I’m sure.

Obviously we all HOPE that this is the case but making any statement of intent just looks plain daft when Newcastle have a record of only two wins and 17 defeats in their last 20 away matches.

Steven Taylor says that the players have accepted ‘responsibility’ after the hammering at Chelsea, I hope AND expect that they will show us all that on Wednesday at the Britannia Stadium.

Steven Taylor:

“We have to learn from it (Chelsea defeat), we got outclassed all over the pitch.

“Yes, they had world-class players all over the pitch, but we gave them too much respect.

“We have to take it on the chin, we have to stand up and be counted now-  it’s getting to that stage now, 12 games to go, where we must fight together and pull the same way.

“The lads accept responsibility and they took it on the chin after the game, admitted that all over the park they were better than us.

“It wasn’t good enough and we hold our hands up, it was a completely different game (compared to previous week v West Brom).

“We were too open, too many gaps, we gave them too much respect – they punished us and they don’t miss many chances.”