After a bad day yesterday. when we lost to Arsenal 3-0 and lost out to Tottenham for Jonathan Woodgate,Â Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan was pleased with Newcastle’s first half performance yesterday.
Kevin Keegan – first half performance was very good
Newcastle really played well in the first half as they passed the ball around and seemed so confident. But they couldn’t keep that up in the second half and were subsequently beaten 3-0 by Arsenal, yesterday.
Kevin told the official Newcastle United web site after the game:
“It was a very good first half performance and we had the courage to play them,”“We were going along nicely and causing them problems, while they were not giving us much grief.â€
“We could not keep it up and they stepped up, we stepped back and in the end, the gulf was pretty big.â€
“Our biggest problem is confidence.â€ “When the first goal went in, you could not really see us coming back from that.â€ “At times, our passing in the second half was X-rated stuff, we were just giving the ball away.â€
“But if we can put 90 minutes in like we did in the first half, then Arsenal will have a tough game here – although you can still play well for 90 minutes against them and they can turn you over.”
Unfortunately our next game is in the league at the Emirates on Tuesday evening, so at least we’ll have another chance to try to play with that skill and passing for the full 90 minutes.
But we’ll have to start picking up points quickly in the league, since in the last league 4 games we have just a single point, and a goal difference of -11. That’s not good. Â Â 🙁
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