In a day we probably will not want to remember yesterday, we lost both the Arsenal game 3-0 and Jonathan Woodgate to Tottenham.
Kevin Keegan – not a good day yesterday
Tottenham Hotspur look to have beaten Newcastle United in the race to sign England and Middlesbrough defender Jonathan Woodgate.
Keegan has admitted he wanted to make Woodgate his first signing at the club, and probably thought he had done that on Friday night when the signals from Woodgate were that he would accept the offer and turn down Spurs.
But during the day yesterday that changed and Keegan got word of what was happening, as Newcastle went down 3-0 to Arsenal in the FA Cup.
After the game yesterday in which Newcastle again capitulated in the second half Keegan, now in his second spell as Newcastle manager, said:
“We were trying to bring Woodgate in but we haven’t been successful from what I am hearing.â€“When I came here we didn’t suddenly just become a great footballing team. We had to build it up and I wanted Jonathan to be the first piece of that jigsaw.â€
“Last time, my first signing was Brian Kilcline – and he wasn’t an entertaining player – though he’ll probably punch me for saying that!â€
“We are not lacking creativity, we are lacking confidence. Jonathan’s going somewhere else, I think to Tottenham, as they were the other club who had a bid accepted. I don’t know why. It’s not an issue over the fee, definitely.”
So Newcastle fans had a double whammy yesterday, in that we are out of the FA Cup, and a very good defender seems to have turned the club down.
Our next game is again at the Emirates on Tuesday evening and we must try to get something out of this game. In our last 5 league games weâ€™ve taken just one point, conceded 12 goals and scored just one goal (against Chelsea).
Our league form has been terrible, and we have to try to stop the rot at the Emirates on Tuesday evening. As we saw yesterday, that will be very difficult.
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