Newcastle United midfielder Ryan Taylor has told the club’s official website that the players were taken aback by how Manchester City started the Premier League encounter on Saturday.
Defending English champions City were on the frontfoot right from the start at the Etihad Stadium and hammered Newcastle 5-0.
Argentina international striker Sergio Aguero put the Citizens in the lead from the penalty spot after just two minutes, and Samir Nasri doubled the advantage 10 minutes later.
Edin Dzeko ended the game as a contest in the 21st minute, and Spain international midfielder David Silva bagged two goals in quick succession in the opening minutes of the second half.
City were favourites heading into the contest, but not many would have expected them to rip apart John Carver’s team the way they did.
Taylor, who made his first appearance for the Magpies in three months on Saturday when he came on as a substitute in the 71st minute, has highlighted a key reason why Newcastle suffered the humiliation in Manchester.
“We went into the game full of confidence after winning here back in October in the cup, but our confidence was zapped within a minute," the 30-year-old told Newcastle’s official website.
"We thought they might have an eye on their game against Barcelona and that we could capitalise on that, but we shot ourselves in the foot and everyone's faces tell the story.”
City’s Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Barcelona this week is hugely important, but Taylor and his teammates were terribly wrong in assuming that they would not take Saturday’s game too seriously.
Manuel Pellegrini’s side are very much in the Premier League title race, and one would have expected the Newcastle camp to be more mature and wary.
In recent weeks, Newcastle have shown signs of progress under Carver, but Taylor’s revelation suggests that there is still a lot of work to be done, especially when it comes to attitude before big games.