STEVEN Taylor is adamant Newcastle United will be ready to get their Premier League campaign off to a flier against Tottenham Hotspur.
Alan Pardew’s side suffered a disappointing 4-1 defeat to Cardiff City in their final warm-up game on Saturday.
Newcastle were second-best for much of the afternoon, and the loss was compounded by the injuries suffered by Fabricio Coloccini and Cheik Tiote.
United had been unbeaten in their six previous pre-season games, and the club’s warm-up campaign, on balance, has been positive on and off the field.
And Taylor says the defeat at the Cardiff City has only served to harden the resolve of Pardew’s players ahead of the visit of Spurs to St James’s Park for Saturday’s season-opener.
“We’re very disappointed - we’re gutted with the result,” Taylor said.
“We feel we let the fans down a little bit, but we’ve learnt a valuable lesson. It was a lesson we needed to learn.
“The main thing is to move on to Tottenham. That’s the thing we’re really looking to now.
“We’ve got to get our heads back together, and concentrate on that. That’s what we need. You’d rather make mistakes in pre-season.
“All over the pitch, we weren’t together and that wasn’t a Newcastle performance. We’re not going to take the fact that we didn’t have some key players as an excuse.
“We had a job to do, and we didn’t do it, but we’ll deal with it and learn from it, and put it right.
“We want a winning mentality at this football club. The lads are hurting – they’re gutted. It’s hurt us.”
Pardew’s preparations this week have been affected by tomorrow night’s internationals, with Coloccini and Tim Krul away with Argentina and Holland.
“It doesn’t help that players are going away on international duty and we won’t see them until Thursday or Friday,” added Taylor.
“But the main thing is now to concentrate on what we have to do. We’ve got some big games coming up and we’ve got to regroup. That’s all we can do.”
Meanwhile, Tiote was at United’s training ground for treatment yesterday, and isn’t now expected to play for Ivory Coast against Russia in Moscow.