Good Things About Bolton Game – Keegan

Kevin Keegan got the expected hero’s welcome from the Newcastle fans yesterday but didn’t manage to produce the expected result, as Newcastle could only draw with Bolton Wanderers. But he still thinks there were some good things to take from the game.


Kevin Keegan – hailing the fans yesterday before the game

When the game ended there was some blunted applause from the Newcastle faithful, but that was better than the boos that have greeted some results at St. James’ Park this season. The fans are willing to be patient with Kevin because we know he wants exactly what the fans want, and he’s finally back home now. 😀

It actually took a fine save from Shay Given on 90 minutes, to prevent substitute Jlloyd Samuel from taking all 3 points for Bolton, which would have been hugely undeserved, but worse things have happened for Newcastle this season.

Keegan said after the game:

“It was frustrating if you look at the result, 0-0, and look at the game.”

“We certainly didn’t play as well as we can or I thought we would, but there are a lot of reasons for that, not least that these players played a game (against Stoke) last Wednesday with 10 men for 60 minutes and were terrific.”

“We just looked a bit tired today. That’s my first excuse and it’s an honest one, that was one of the problems.”

“You hoped that wouldn’t be the case, or you hoped the tremendous atmosphere and the lift before the game and everything that went on – they were walking into a stadium that probably for the way they have played in the last few weeks, they didn’t deserve to have.”

“It was an atmosphere they wouldn’t normally get and you hoped that would drive them on a little bit.”

“But we stuck together, they worked hard. Surprisingly for a team of mine, you might say, we defended well – I give (coach) Nigel Pearson and the staff all the credit for that.”

“We limited them to one opportunity near the end, which brought a great save from Shay Given, but there were a lot of good things about it as well.”

“They are the minuses. We didn’t play well, we didn’t deserve to win, but we certainly didn’t deserve to lose and a draw was a fair result.”

The lads did defend well yesterday, but they were not pressed too much by Bolton, but we wonder if Kevin will keep coach Pearson around at the club. He survived the Roeder dismissal, and the word on Nigel is he’s an excellent coach. Personally we hope he stays – he could offer a little continuity and stability at the club, and he’s always seemed very committed – but we’ll see what Kevin decides on that one.

It was also good at the end of the game to see how Bolton manager Gary Megson congratulated Kevin. It was obvious Gary had a warm affection for Keegan. We must say we’ve been a little surprised by the way in which his fellow managers have so warmly welcomed him back. That’s really nice to see.
They obviously think it’s so good for the game of football that Keegan is back and he seems such a great lad.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #1

    i dont think there was any positives only the players we need to get rid of carr,shola,cacappa,roz
    i thought taylor played very well

  • big pea ov the weab

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    may i add taylor should captain this side

  • adam

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #3

    carr, shola, owen, duff all did nothing. these are senior players and got to take responsibility. but i would sell them anyway.

    milners final ball HAS to improve.

    too much pressure on zoggy.

  • Rob Kirton

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #4

    The good thing about yesterdays game, was to have the world see what legacy Sam Allardyce has left to two clubs. He and his like, he’s not the only one; should have their “licences” revoked and be prevented from managing in the premiership.

    Outside of the top 4, we have seen a generation of managers; their only aim being to survive and achieve a points total to secure a place at the top table of football, of course scooping up the money that goes with it.

    The premiership has become one of the most dull leagues because of this.

    Football is s simple game, keep the ball in the opposition half and you have a chance of scoring, the other team don’t. Consequently you have the chance to win more games.

    Keegan knows this, and the premiership will be a better place because of it. We may never win anything but it won’t be for the want of trying. The top teams and those that challenge in any one season (such as man City this year) have no God given right to be at the top. They are there simply because they play the best football.

    When Keegan does go for good, I suggest that he sets up another soccer circus / academy. This time for managers !!!

  • wsq

    Jan 20, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #5

    they all look clueless going forward.. no one had the balls to turn and attack..

    80% of possession passing the ball back!

    once they ran out of ideas

    allardyce’s teachings creep in!

  • lasse r

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Carr and Shola showed yesterday just why they have no place in any Newutd team, old or new. Why was not Andy Carrol given a chance instead of Shola? And why did KK not make any subs earlier?

  • Futureshock

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #7

    I think there were huge plusses from yesterdays game. For once we tried to lay the ball out from the back. We only mixed the long ball game from Given towards the middle/end of the second half.
    You can see Keegan wanting people to be comfortable on the ball and play our way up the field.
    At the moment however we just do not have the players who are quick enough and sharp enough on the ball to damage oposition, Zoogy aside that is. We do not have real pace in the opposition half.
    Imagine someone like Bently on the right, Huntellar/Martins up front being supplied by a creative centre midfield player. Van de Vaart/Diego. Interesting to Michael Carricks name mentioed in the papers today. A player to bring the ball out of defence with a great passing range. Rozenhal tried yesterday but as we could all tell, it was his first game there.
    Tons of positive stuff from yesterday.
    What do you think?

  • Hadrian

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #8

    i agree wsq ,
    been saying sice the match the lack of movement after passing was shocking , certainly nothing keegan would have been used to .
    so many imediate passes back , with the origonal passer not moving in the slightest , was really strange to watch .
    also owen’s comments really shine a light , without having to much of a go he got the point across that allerdyce didnt give a shit about anything but clean sheets and defensive training .

  • Victor Meldrew

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #9

    What was obvious yesterday is that we do no have any creative players with brains (on the pitch or off it)

    I expect this one to go down like a lead balloon – I think we have two great goalies, but neither of them commands the penalty area! We need a new goalkeeper.

  • Wynn the Leap

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    Gary Walkers Linneker was a complete pratt last night . “I’d just love it” – how original Gary. “if they score nil then we score nil” ho ho ho, you should be on the telly.

    Victor I hate admitting it but I see where your coming from

  • Toonraid

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    The truth of the matter is that there was almost an entire team missing through the African cup, suspensions and injuries but the worry is that none of the missing players is the missing link – creative midfielder! Sure we have players that can run into the box such as Milner, Duffy & Zog from the wings but we lack a midfield architect that can co-ordinate an attack and supply the forwards with quality balls … such as the likes of gerrard, Fabregas, Keane, Viera …! Before we can go anywhere near the top 4 we need that man.

  • rem

    Jan 20, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #12

    What are you talking about. Owen played well i think! he was make runs, getting into space, he had to drop deep. The only reason you think he dudnt play well was becasue he didnt get the balls he needed. What do u expect him to do? if we had had jsut 2 good balls he wold have scored. He didnt just stand around waitng for it?

  • Leo*

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #13

    aye wynn the leap linkers words at the end were lame, its all scripted you know. he is basically told to say certain things

  • Big AL

    Jan 20, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #14

    For me we did ok, lets not forget that we had 4 on international duty, viduka out and emre, butt and smith suspended. Thats 8 first teamers out. Lets also not forget those same players played just 2 days earlier in the cup and not onlt that we were down to ten men for over an hour.
    We had a go, we tried to penetrate, its was frustrating but i though bolton defended extremly well, whenever we attacked they almost always had 11 behind the ball and thats always diffucult even for the likes of ManU.
    Bolton set up not to loose, and when you have a central midfield consisting of a defender and a left winger its not hard to see why we couldnt break them down.
    But one thing i will say is the lads had a realy go, and its was mucg better to watch than what big sam made them play. Also remember its only 2 days since kk came in, thats not long enough to work his magic, shame we have arsenal twice, ah well there is light at the end of the tunnel though 🙂

  • Marguerite

    Jan 20, 2008 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #15

    Rob – Could not agree more with your comments (4), the style of play we were being served up by Sam was destroying my spirit and draining my will to live.
    The very fact that Keegan will allow us to play the ‘beautiful game’ again has my spirits soaring once more.
    I especially agree with your comments on the amount of managers being spawned who set up their teams to play in this fashion just to survive in the premier league.

  • subz

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #16

    I thought we looked better yesterday, dull game but that is Bowlt’n for ya. The lads looked like they knew what they were doing for a change and looked well organized. Still a bit blunt going forward though, but KK will sort that.
    Crowd still went quiet for long periods of the game but got better in the 2nd half. Really glad there was no boo’s at the end cos the players did not deserve it imo.
    Lua Lua looks very promising, good touch and passing on him. Ameobi is a 1st Div player. I would let Carrol get some games.
    Lets see what the window brings us..

  • ObaFan2

    Jan 20, 2008 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Megson came here wanting to stifle the mood and team on Tyneside and he managed it.

    We showed more commitment, the second half we pressured them so much but they got nearly all the calls from the ref!

    We defended the corners well most of the time and even KK says that’s down to Pearson, so a big pat on his back and a position at the Toon maybe would be good.

    We have along way to go but already KK has turned us around and pointing in the right direction.

  • Stamford Toon

    Jan 20, 2008 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #18

    I get tired of the xcuse that the players were tired, they played a game 3 days ago.!These so called athletes should be able to play in two games a week no problem. After all do they do a full days work inbetween games? I doubt it. Tennis players often have to play seven or eight games in a 2 week tournament, some of them lasting 3/4 hours and they are on their own, no let up on the pressure. KK should know better than make that an excuse.


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