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Keegan Confident About Arsenal Cup Tie

1:50 pm, Friday, January 25th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

We face Arsenal tomorrow at an unusual time, after they were well beaten by north London rivals Tottenham 5-1 in the Carling Cup semi-final, on Tuesday night.


Kevin Keegan – confident about game tomorrow

And Kevin doesn’t think this is a bad time to face Arsenal because of that. This is the 4th round of the FA Cup, and maybe Arsenal will got out of both cups in a short 5 days.

Kevin Keegan said today:

“Arsenal will be smarting from Wednesday night’s result – there’s no doubt about that.”
“But I don’t go along with talk that this was a bad result for us.”

“In fact, for me, there are two ways you can look at it. The confidence of the Arsenal players will obviously have taken a bit of a knock, and it’s up to us to take advantage of this.”

“Arsene Wenger is a great manager, and it’s an usual situation for him to have to pick his side up after a 5-1 win.”

“And don’t forget that’s exactly what our players did after we were beaten 6-0 by Manchester United at Old Trafford and they could hardly have responded better than they did against Stoke City (a 4-1 win).”

“Our players will know exactly what it’s like to be on the wrong end of a hammering and this will help us prepare them for tomorrow, because they know Arsenal are in a similar position to what they were after that defeat at Old Trafford.”

The last time we played Arsenal was one of the best displays of the season at St. James’ Park, when we ended up in a 1-1 draw but could so easily have won that game, with some late chances.

And Keegan added:

“I’ll be reminding my players that when they drew with Arsenal last month it was their best performance of the season, and that I want more of that.”

Newcastle will have the backing of at least 5,000 traveling Geordie fans tomorrow – and of course Keegan has never taken a team to the Emirates Stadium, but has tasted success away at Highbury, of course.

It’s turning out that it could be a good attacking tie tomorrow, and who knows, it’s always a good time to win, for a Kevin Keegan side. 😀

Comments welcome.

Tags: FA Cup · Newcastle News

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dingo // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    He also stated just now that Alan Shearer will NOT be his number 2

    I also see that Spurs have had a bid accepted for Woodgate £7m…. the soccer circus continues

  • 2 yongMalaysia // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:52 PM

    just hope we wil get a win, any results doesnt matter.

  • 3 John // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    dingo.. been honest, I think woodgate is’nt as big off a loss that people think…He spends the majority off he’s time in the treatment room anyway so i dont realy care if we got him or not..

    Get someone thats actualy going to play..

  • 4 ObaFan2 // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Next 2 games against the Gooner’s are alot more important for them than for us tbh. Cup n league chances for them are in our hands.

    Go out and put out a good display, shame both games are at the Emirates but the Toon Faithful will be cheering for us all 🙂

  • 5 James // Jan 25, 2008 at 1:56 PM

    We need to start very quickly and attack them from the first whistle.

    To beat them would be up there with anything Keegan ever achieved before.

    I still believe if we can get a draw and take them back to our place it will be tremedous.

  • 6 ObaFan2 // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    KK spent about 4 hours with Shearer @ Shearer’s home last night and they decided that if he were to come to NUFC it would not be as assistant manager.

    Press now speculating whether KK didn’t want him or other way around lmao.

  • 7 nufctj // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Not a surprise if indeed Shearer is not going to be No. 2. IMO that all would have been worked out before publicly announcing KK was our new manager. I think KK and AS were just trying to make it look like they gave it a try.

    All this speculation is interesting, but let’s wait and see what our squad looks like on Jan. 31st before we draw any conclusions! Are their really Toon fans who expected KK to sign a couple of players this week that would somehow lead us to victory against Arsenal? Lets be realistic here lads. We need to try and get a draw tomorrow so we can get a replay at St. James’. Yes, I said it, we need to play like a BSA team at least for two more matches.

  • 8 dingo // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    John…. true to form mate… I am just amazed at the amount of speculation Newcastle gets…. They say in the papers we think we are a big club and we are not… but then they free acres of papers space to print stories about us and not other clubs…

    I for one am staying away from Sky Sports news the blog, BBC rumours site and every other info point till the end of the month, that way I might be pleasantly surprised or not on the last day of silly season

  • 9 Black and White Blood // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    Shearer no to number two role…!!!!

  • 10 ObaFan2 // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:06 PM

    nufctj, do it the Ramos way and thrash them @ home, I wish 🙂

  • 11 John // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:08 PM

    true mate, there is so much going round at the moment…Anyojne heard anything else on Pandev …He looks quality …

  • 12 ObaFan2 // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:10 PM

    Latest news on Pandev is that he is staying put till the summer 🙁

  • 13 nufctj // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:13 PM


    “Confirmation came on Friday that former Magpies defender Jonathan Woodgate had been given permission by his club Middlesbrough to speak with Spurs over a transfer.

    This follows a public statement from the Riverside on Thursday that no bids had been received for any of Southgate’s smoggie squad at that point – amid media claims that Newcastle were looking at Woodgate.

    Other sources claimed that Newcastle had enquired about the 28 year-old Teessider earlier this week, but thought he was over-valued at the allegedly-quoted £8m.”

    If the bit about us thinking he is over valued is true, then I am in total agreement and it goes to show you that our management may have money to spend but we are not going to spend it unwisely. I have complete faith in KK and Mort. They will come through for us.

  • 14 Stami // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    UP THE TOON!!! stick it to them on Saturday!!!

  • 15 Obafan // Jan 25, 2008 at 2:54 PM

    Indeed £8m for someone who was superb in the past, but has now more problems of getting and staying fit is a very high price. Wise decision if that is the case. Gives a glimp on how professional MA and CM work. I’ve had my doubts but recently I start to believe in them 😉 .

  • 16 TOONNUTTER // Jan 25, 2008 at 4:31 PM





  • 17 Leo* // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    ma heart says we will win, but ma head says otherwise. going to be a hard hard game, would love it if we win, love it

  • 18 mike ashley // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:32 PM

    nufc are on a mission in getting players in at this very moment but has to be the right players who will win us trophies

  • 19 keegan // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    i promice there will be lots of players coming through the door in the summer 2 tunisian wizzards to be signed tomorrow

  • 20 briss // Jan 25, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Lets just have a go and put out an attacking side that won’t back down to Arsenal! keep it simple bounce it around , we should be more fit to play giving that most of there players played mid-week and got hammered! HAWAY THA LADS! Hope Owen gets a goal, its been too long…

  • 21 yet_another_indian_toon // Jan 25, 2008 at 6:10 PM

    Why so much desperation over the lack of new arrivals???

    Have faith in Keegan & co, he will bring good talented players.(eg: Shearer, Ginola & co.) I would prefer buying none as against buying a hopeless player. Don’t think any of us wants to see a dud arriving at the gates of SJP, do we?

  • 22 Andreas // Jan 25, 2008 at 6:59 PM


  • 23 Barca // Jan 25, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Does anyone know which channel will show the game, if any?


  • 24 lewdavies // Jan 25, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    motd !!!!!!!
    bbc1 10pm ish. 😀

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