We deserved derby criticism says NUFC’s Steven Taylor

STEVEN Taylor says Newcastle United deserved a “kick up the backside” from fans after the derby defeat.

And the defender’s determined that he and his team-mates won’t let the club’s supporters down between now and the end of the season.

Newcastle drew 1-1 with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns on Saturday. And the result stretched the gap between relegation-threatened United and third-bottom Wigan Athletic to six points.

There was a backlash on Tyneside to the 3-0 Tyne-Wear derby defeat to Sunderland at St James’s Park the previous weekend.

The result hurt Taylor more than most, with the 27-year-old a boyhood Newcastle fan.

“We have to accept the criticism when it comes,” Taylor told SportMail.

“After the Fulham game, everyone was happy. We got criticised after the Sunderland game, and we’ve got to hold our hands up and accept that.

“It was what we deserved. It was a big kick up the backside.

“We get a reaction. It could have gone two ways. We could have sat back, which we didn’t. We created chances. We just need to finish them.”

United dominated the first half at The Hawthorns, and Yoan Gouffran gave them a deserved lead, but West Brom battled back after the break and claimed an equaliser through a Billy Jones goal.

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew and his players have taken heart from their performance ahead of Saturday’s game against Liverpool.

“For us, if we perform like that, I don’t think we’ll go far wrong,” added Taylor.

“We’ve just got to keep going as a team, and give the fans what they deserve – 100 per cent commitment.

“They should be disappointed – everyone was disappointed. It’s been difficult – it’s hurt everybody.

“But this performance has lifted everybody. We can hopefully get back to winning ways (against Liverpool).”

Taylor admits the atmosphere at the training ground was “flat” in the wake of the Sunderland game.

“The lads have been hurting all week,” he said.

“It was a flat atmosphere. The gaffer’s tried to get the lads going, but it has been difficult.

“There needed to be an improvement. The lads gave a great performance.

“In the first half, you don’t get that many chances at West Brom very often.

“The second-half performance was a battling performance. They had some big lads, and we coped with it.

“We were at it. We caused them problems. They found it difficult to break through us.

“Their fans were getting frustrated.”