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 â€“ there’s no doubt about that.â€
“But I don’t go along with talk that this was a bad result for us.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€
“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).â€
“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 â€“ 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.