It wasn’t an exciting game today, but what was good to see was Newcastle pressing Bolton in the second half, when the lads attacked Bolton continuously, but really lacked a cutting edge up front. Here are some reflections on the game.
- To play the kind of game Keegan wants it’s obvious we need strong players in central midfield and we had 6 missing for selection today and the two that played there, Rozehnal and N’Zogbia did well â€“ even though they are not regular middle men.
- The defense looked quite solid and the full backs, Carr and Enrique, both had quite good games as they tried to push up to help the attack. But also Bolton didn’t come today to attack Newcastle.
- Shay Given saved us near the end (how many times have we said these last 10 years?) when he made a good save from JLoyd Samuel on 90 minutes when he blocked Samuels, shot with his left leg.
- The from two of Michael Owen and Shola Ameobi were hardly in the game today, probably due to having a weaker central midfield than usual.
- Kazenga Lua Lua was introduced in place of Duff after 80 minutes, and he again showed some nice touches and didn’t look out of place at all.
- On this display we need another striker in the January transfer window, so it was good to hear the news this morning that we may be after Sweden’s Johan Elmander. But he’ not worth anywhere near Â£10M according to some of our Swedish readers.
- Jose Enrique again looked a good player in the making but he still has things to learn in the Premier league. But his last few performance make it hard to understand why he played so little when Sam Allardyce was at the club, especially since Sam was the one who paid Â£6.3M for him from Villarreal.
- We’ll need to see how many new players we can get in during January, but the real excitement on the transfer front when we’ll not only bring in new players but Kevin will probably be letting some go, once he’s had a chance to assess then through then end of the season
- We didn’t expect the 3 points we wanted today but we have to be realistic and Kevin only arrived a couple of days ago, and at least we got something out of the game, so we are pleased enough.
Kevin will now have a full week to prepare the side for our two next games, both against Arsenal at the Emirates. The first is next Saturday in the league ( 3 PM KO), and then we’ll play Arsenal’s second string in the FA Cup 4th round on the following Tuesday evening ( 7:45 PM KO). Those will be 2 tough games for the lads.