Kevin Keegan was disappointed this afternoon when his Newcastle United side failed to earn a win his comeback game after being away from the club for 11 years.
Kevin Keegan – manager disappointed for the Geordie fans
The Newcastle fans expected a free-flowing Keegan style of play, but today they saw little of that, even though in the second half the team pushed forward for the winner. However, they couldn’t create any real clear-cut chances.
While a clean sheet and a 0-0 scoreline was not what was expected on Keegan’s return the team looked well organized and solid, if lacking the flair of old.
However, to be fair Newcastle had 6 central midfielders missing so had to rely on Rozehnal (center-back) and N’Zogbia (left wing) to fuel the engine of the team. While they tried their very best, they hardly dominated as Bolton played well and with great spirit.
After the game Kevin told Setanta Sports:
“You hoped it wouldn’t be a 0-0 type of game,”“The stadium was rocking but Bolton came here and were very well disciplined and very well organized by Gary (Megson) and we weren’t good enough to break them down.”
“There was plenty of effort, plenty of endeavor, trying so hard – maybe too hard – to make things happen.”
“We missed a lot players today. Take that into consideration and forget the hype and it’s actually quite a good result for us.”
“It will improve from here. Maybe we will get players in. We are a quality squad but we are a small squad.”
It’s not what the fans had hoped for, but we’ll take the one point. The next two games at the Emirates will be a strong test for the new Keegan team.
But Kevin now has a full week to get the lads ready and work on their confidence – which he no doubt will do before next weekend. 😀
We also expect some news regarding Alan Shearer early next week, but still don’t know whether Alan will join Kevin’s coaching staff.
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