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Steven Taylor claims Newcastle aren’t capable of copying Sunderland’s boring tactics

7 years ago

Steven Taylor has claimed that unlike Sunderland, Newcastle aren’t set up to play negative football with everybody behind the ball.

The United defender was talking about Chelsea’s visit on Saturday and reflecting on Sunderland’s recent goalless draw against the blues, mainly achieved through defending deep.

Taylor’s take on things might surprise more than a few Newcastle fans, as United’s tactics, especially against the ‘big’ teams, see Pardew setting the team out to defend in numbers and hand the majority of possession to the opposition.

Sunderland had 34% possession in their 0-0 draw last weekend, a very similar figure to what Newcastle had in recent games against Manchester City, Spurs etc

Even last season’s excellent 2-0 win over Chelsea was achieved via defending in numbers and playing on the break, United only having 39% of the possession that day.

Steven Taylor;

“We are not really set up to be defensive and pull a lot of players behind the ball, and I’m not sure we’d want to do that.

“We will be playing our natural game and looking to be positive because that’s the way we play.”

This is St.James’ Park, we’re not Sunderland;

“I watched the game between Chelsea and Sunderland, but it’s going to be a completely different game when they play us.

“But this is at St James’ Park and we’ll be going out to play our game. “

Taylor on Burnley;

 “It was very important not to lose that game. Having suffered a narrow defeat at West Ham, we could not afford to lose another game coming off the back of such a good run, especially with Chelsea next.

“I don’t think we could have got any worse after the first half, the main thing for us was just to get at them. We paid them too much respect in the first half and played into their hands.”

Obviously the main (only?) important thing is winning but Taylor himself has opened up this debate and surely what he says about how Newcastle approached that Burnley match was ‘…not to lose that game’. In other words the priority was not losing, rather than trying to win.

If Newcastle were giving too much respect to Burnley and allowing them to dictate the game until Pardew was forced into substitutions due to being a goal down, then I think it is a very safe bet that the Newcastle manager will be giving plenty of respect to Chelsea and subsequently will be…defending deep with numbers behind the ball.


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