Things Will Only Get Better – Keegan


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.

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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.

Comments always welcome.


60 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #1

    At least he speaks the truth and doesnt make excuses like that fat fook we did have.

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  • Tripp

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #2

    Not a surprising result given that we’re massively depleted at the moment. Losing the Duke didn’t help our cause either. Like most I’m a bit disappointed, really wanted all 3 points. But, at the end of the day, there are some positives to take away, including a clean sheet. How many of those did we have under BSA will playing for them? 3?

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  • ende

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Today’s result = Okay

    No more no less. Sure would’ve liked to have seen a win, but it wasn’t really that bad considering Kev’s only had two days with the team. What heartens me is the fact that we did better in the 2nd than in the 1st.. a bit of a departure from recent history.

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #4

    Players from the senior squad that will stay for next season :

    Given
    Harper
    Beye
    Taylor
    Enrique
    Nzogbia
    Duff
    Owen

    Keegan will get rid of all of these (hopefully)
    Shola
    Cacapa
    Rozenhal
    Carr
    Butt
    Smith
    Viduka
    Milner
    Faye (has done a good job so far but not good enough for the future)
    Martins (misses too many chances)
    Geremi

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  • hanzemre

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #5

    yea result was okay considering we have ameobi played (or did he actually play?) hmmm .. made up the numbers maybe.

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I would give Rozehnal a chance pretty steady today considering he was not in his favoured position.

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #7

    Gordon – I like Rozenhal too, but not good enough for what we need. We have to get the very best players we can in those positions, and none of the top 6 would have bought Rozenhal. Although none of the bottom 6 would even take Shola on loan

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Signings for Jan/Summer:
    Zuiverloon – RB/LB – 2 mil
    van Buyten – CB – 4 mil
    Vukojevic – DM 4 mil or Cana – DM – 6 mil
    Nicolita – RM – 4 mil
    Chikhaoui – CAM/ST – 10 mil
    Kuranyi – ST – 8 mil

    Id like VDV, hes rated 18 mil but he wont come here.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #9

    James-
    am I missing something in relation to Milner?
    He was involved in everything positive about the performance today. Was blowing out his arse at the end, having ran himself into the ground for the team. He is consistently one of our top performers, and is just the sort of player we should retain.

    The ref didn’t help at all today- and Bolton lads go down very easily despite being around twice the size of our players!

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Signings for Jan and mainly the summer :

    LB – Shorey
    CB – Van Buyten
    RM – Bentley/Navas/Quarasmo
    DM – Carrick
    CAM – Pato / Diego
    ST – Huntaleer / Ashton / Walcott / Robinho

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  • DaveToon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #11

    Just got home and I don’t believe what I am seeing posted about the match. If you compare tonights peformance against ANY from the whole of this season up to now this was, ny far, the most entertainging football we have played. Admittedly we didn’t win BUT we gave value for money, deffo.
    And James, get rid of Milner?!?!? I ! You are clearly insane! I wish, sometimes, that you could see the age of some of the posters on this blog (and a cracking one it is too, Ed!!!)

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #12

    KK has identified 3 players he wants to bring in no names mentioned.NUFC official web site

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  • DaveToon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Is it just me or is James taking the proverbial? He seems to know knack all about the match, team or, indeed, game!

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #14

    Sloopy Jon – He is not a 400 metre sprinter, or someone promised an award for running. He is a right winger. His sole job is to cross the ball into the box as often as possible with quality. He is crap at this. If Shearer was in the team he would punch Milner.

    Hard work and endeavor means nothing if he can’t cross the ball.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Be realistic James.

    Pato is a striker aswell. Carrick in DM is a joke, he cant defend, a good passer from deep, but thats more of a CM and playmakers are usually classed as CAM’s.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #16

    Davetoon-
    couldn’t agree more!
    Full house- apart from about five seats in the south west corner! Ref’s decisions increased the volume and the V signs.
    It was refreshing to see our team not trying to ‘nulify the opposition’ and certainly in the second half take the game to them- and for more than the last four minutes!

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #17

    If Shearer was in the team he would score a hatful from the boy’s crosses!

    Shola can’t get in the right positions, and despite being ten foot tall can not head a ball on account of having a head shaped like a fifty pence!

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #18

    DaveToon – For Us to take on the big boys Keegan has to be ruthless with the squad. Top class quality in all positions.

    Rozenhal played very well today. Problem is he will never be needed or used as a midfielder again. His job is a centre back and we all know he isn’t good enough at that. If Keegan kept him as a DM and got rid of Butt then fine. But can’t see Keegan keeping Rozenhal.

    As for Milner, I could count on one finger the amount of times he crossed it into the 6 yard box.

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  • scottish mag

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #19

    heres a list of ppl keegan apparently wants

    click
    http://goal.com/en/Articolo.aspx?ContenutoId=551360

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #20

    Thats 4, he only wants 3 and hes already decided on them.

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #21

    SWP will be at SJP by the end of the month. Keegan loves him, and he is a very good player. But with him, Nzogbia, Owen, Martins, Defoe (maybe coming) that’s a pretty small bunch of players.

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #22

    James-

    everyone is entitled to an opinion.
    Looks like ours is distined to differ about Milner.
    Good jobo he can’t cross for toffee though- otherwise he wouldn’t have scored that equaliser at Sunderland!

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  • Hadji

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #23

    Cana or Pedretti for DM
    Quaresma for RW
    Kallstrom for LW
    VDV for CM
    Pandev for CF
    Bruno Alves for CB
    Alexander Frei for CF

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  • James

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Sloopy Jon – I like Milner and want him to become the player we keep hearing he might be. But the old “he’s got potential” is wearing thin now. Look at how much Nzogbia has improved as a player over the last 18 months. Milner hasn’t changed. He keeps hitting his crosses low straight into the first defender.

    He will most likely stay on as a squad player but I guarantee Keegan won’t play him as his main RW next season.

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  • hanzemre

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #25

    whateva m8 4 da gud o’ NUFC could buy a more quality RM/RW. Milner is usually good but must learn to cross timely to front men.. Ameobi ? Nah he can’t position himself well 4 da cross,always at faults. Forgive Milner anyway.Duff was poor.

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  • JS09

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #26
  • daiv

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:27 PM

    Comment #27

    keegan will get it right. He must. We look like relegation material. We were playing Bolton at home and failed to test their goalkeeper. Worried? We should be. We still have the same rubbish players after spending over £100M in last 10 years but what is worrying from the new manager’s perspective is that there was no lift… we got the same flat prformance as we got under Sam. I did not expect that from a Keegan yteam playing its first game at homeIf sam had been the manager, there would have been a demo. I am worried. Kevin cannot work with rubbish. he needs to buy big now. He’s not the sort of manager you want in a relagation fight.

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  • Gordon d

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Just watched motd Shearer looks really up for it 99.9% sure he’ll be in that dug out along side KK .

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  • Todd

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:47 PM

    Comment #29

    KK has only been around a couple of days, and had a VERY limited squad to choose from. It’s going to take some time for him to shake off the cautious attitude BSA brought to the team.

    Patience, folks. Give the man some time to settle in, assess his squad, and make some changes. Better days are ahead…

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  • rubbix

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #30

    James are you trippin ? Milner? you muppet !

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #31

    SWP isn’t the worlds most effective crosser of the ball- shall we spend 15m to get him?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #32

    Sloop – Milner cant create like SWP, Milner cant wriggle inbetween defenders and pull back etc.

    Milner can only run to the by line because he hasnt got the skill to get past the defender, thats why he has to cross, but his crossing is piss poor.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #33

    how the hell can u defend Milner like that mates ???? I’m with you on this one James.

    Don’t get me wrong i love the boy, he plays for Newcastle United, but did any of you guys watch Owen’s face today ??!! He was making beautiful runs all day and Milner wasn’t able to get a cross in. He didn’t make a bad cross today…………..HE DIDN’T EVEN GET THE BALL IN THE BOX!!!
    There was a moment where he had 3 consecutive chances to make a cross, every time he hit the first man and we ended up with a corner.
    He had 1, yes 1, good cross today, when he picke out Rozy.

    Dribbling around in circles and hitting the first defender with your crosses is not good enough for a winger.

    To bad Duff was tits too today, otherwise we may have gotten a few crosses in. 🙁

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:11 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m not saying he is a better player than SWP, but I would question selling him.

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  • Leo*

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #35

    swp is defo worth 15mil. he is an attacking right winger, gets into the box and scores plenty goals. he is fast also, would be good to get him juninho and van buyten*

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  • Ashton

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:12 PM

    Comment #36

    If its true that we have 30 million to spend we should go for :

    Clint dempsey – RW for 5 mil
    Elmander – CF 10 mil
    Nasri – PM 10 mil
    Raul albiol – CH 5 mil

    and in summer
    sell

    Martins
    Owen
    Duff
    Milner
    Viduka
    Shola
    Smith
    Cacapa
    Roz
    Butt
    Carr
    Geremi

    for 25 million !
    and we have 60 mil to spend in summer acording to i dont know who !

    any way buy quality players

    Agbonlahor – CF 15 mil
    Veloso – DM 20 mil
    Menez – LW 10 mil
    Barzagli – CH 10 mil
    and for 30 million buy backup players

    cooool ha

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #37

    I dont rate Milner one bit, but he’d be good back up, so i wouldnt sell him. Lets face it, he will probs never get senior cap, look at the other youngsters in his position, Young, Walcott and Bentley, no competition (maybe v Walcott though).

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  • Leo*

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #38

    r0zehnal was crap at short passing under pressure, but when he had time to pick out a clever pass he was great. picked a couple beauties

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  • Sloop Jon B

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:19 PM

    Comment #39

    we’re bound to fall into the chelsea trap- players have a standard price, and a newcastle price, which is around 3 to 4m more than they are worth.
    agbonlahor would be a decent signing, and i will be watching Tom Toons boys with interest in the african nations cup.

    I’m right in thinking that Eduardo was fairly pants 4months ago- but has been played in this season and arsenal are seeing the benefits now.
    Our lot get chucked in with each other, hope for the best, and then get shipped out double quick.

    More time needed for them to short it out. We don’t have the luxuary that Arsenal do of having an established team, and adding one or two when they are ready.
    Are you sure that replacing the entire squad is the way forward?

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  • Geordie4life

    Jan 19, 2008 at 11:21 PM

    Comment #40

    has anyone noticed that the amount of time wasting that goes on during the game is ridiculous….is it just me or if the ball goes out for a goal kick on the left side then you take the goal kick from the left side instead of the keeper slowly walking over to the opposite side to take the kick! its not just goal kicks but throw-ins, free-kicks etc, the refs need to clamp down on this and start dishing out yellow cards as its taking the piss!
    James,
    milner is a quality player and definatly the right type of player for keegan
    also Rozenthal was terrible tonight, thought he had is worst game so far, i know he was played out of possition but seemed to lose possetion everytime he got the ball!!

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