Steven Taylor has given a rare interview, talking about the squad’s trip to La Manga and the defeat at Stamford Bridge.
Since coming back into the team against West Brom 13 days ago, it is only Taylor’s 735th interview.
The camera/reporter shy centre-back says that they went to Chelsea with a game plan…but it didn’t work, the defender saying that they have to ‘stick together’ and come up with another way of playing/defending.
Steven Taylor says that it is good for them to get away to La Manga because it isn’t very nice on the training ground after such a defeat, a reason/point of view that will get zero sympathy from fans who paid £55 a ticket for the pleasure of watching Taylor and his team-mates.
Steve McClaren declared yesterday that it is now a ’12 game season’ and Steven Taylor has now joined him in stating the obvious, saying ‘every game is difficult now’.
Taylor says that the team have to ‘believe in ourselves’, something which is indeed essential, because that most definitely needs to happen before the rest of us can do the same.
“Coming away from the training ground is something different for us and we need that – it is a horrible place to be when you come off the back of a defeat.”
“I think for us it is game time for the players who haven’t played, like myself. We have a game out there.
“We will be doing plenty of running and looking at the goals (at Stamford Bridge).
“Every game is difficult now and for us we have to get on with it. We have to believe in ourselves – the lads need to do that.”
“We weren’t good enough and they outclassed us in every department – they showed they were fantastic.
“We have to deal with the ball a lot better. For some reason, our home performances have been better.
“The away performances haven’t been good enough for whatever reason that is.
“We came to Chelsea with a game plan and it didn’t work. We have to find a way now and stick together – it is going to be difficult.”