Martin Keown couldn’t believe how bad Newcastle United’s defending was against Southampton and picked out Steven Taylor as the worst of the worst – against some admittedly tough competition.
Keown describes it as ’embarrassing’ the way Shane Long walked past him for the opening killer goal.
Martin Keown says that whilst Newcastle didn’t have a shot in the first hour of the game, the defence still has to do its job and keep the team in the game – rather than be three down after 55 minutes.
Andros Townsend’s stunning goal becomes sadly meaningless and certainly no ‘consolation’.
Keown says that Steven Taylor simply had a ‘lack of focus’ and even when trying to clear a simple header it somehow bounced off his head for a corner. Leading the former Arsenal and England defender to accuse Taylor of having a head like a ’50 pence piece’.
After Coloccini was somehow given a contract extension last season, sadly it would be no surprise to see Steven Taylor get the same – unless Rafa Benitez is still around to start and prevent this kind of stupidity that has been at St James Park for far too many years.
Martin Keown talking on Match of The Day:
“Newcastle didn’t have a shot on goal for (the first) 60 minutes – but you have to stay in the game long enough to try and win the game.
“You have to defend far better than Steven Taylor, he needs to look away now because this is shocking defending.
“Just keep him (Shane Long) going away from goal…he (Long) turns inside him – it is embarrassing.
“Look at this for a header, he just needs to clear it, it’s almost like a 50 pence piece head, it comes off him and goes for a corner. I don’t understand that – it is a lack of focus.
“This one (second goal), Janmaat…just drop off, stay close to your centre-halves, force it wide. He is in too much of a hurry to get out to Tadic and it goes inside of him, again – he was embarrassed.
“And this one (third goal)…it is like a committee meeting (Newcastle defenders talking amongst each other as Southampton take short corner), everybody switches off. Good reaction from Southampton, using initiative – and you don’t put Mane one on one with anybody, not with Wijnaldum – Wanyama punishes them (makes it 3-0).
“Rafa Benitez has got a massive job on his hands now.”