Kevin Keegan got the expected heroâ€™s welcome from the Newcastle fans yesterday but didnâ€™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. Jamesâ€™ 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.â€
“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.â€
“We just looked a bit tired today. That’s my first excuse and it’s an honest one, that was one of the problems.â€
“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.â€
“It was an atmosphere they wouldn’t normally get and you hoped that would drive them on a little bit.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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 weâ€™ve been a little surprised by the way in which his fellow managers have so warmly welcomed him back. Thatâ€™s really nice to see.
They obviously think itâ€™s so good for the game of football that Keegan is back and he seems such a great lad.