Damien Duff, who â€“ dare we say it â€“ is starting to show us his old form these days, thinks that Newcastle United are getting better by the day, under new manager Kevin Keegan.
Damien Duff – playing very well since his return from injury
The Irishman had an excellent first-half in Saturday’s 3-0 FA Cup 4th round defeat at Arsenal, but then went missing in the last 45 minutes, as Arsenal stepped things up appreciably.
Damien talked today to the Newcastle United official site about Saturday’s game, and how things are going with Kevin:
“Things are definitely improving here with a new manager.” “In the first half we played Arsenal off the park.â€ “We limited them to long-range shots and got into some really good positions, but we just couldn’t capitalize.â€
“I don’t think the scoreline was a fair reflection on the game.â€ “We took our foot off the gas in the second half, and when you do against a team like Arsenal you get punished.”
“Our fans backed us all of the way through,” “Fair play to them for that, there were so many of them at Arsenal and it’s such a long way to come.â€
“It would have been great to go in at half-time ahead.â€ “We were happy enough and we thought we could nick something, but it wasn’t meant to be.”
We can judge just how much Newcastle are improving, and we need more of that first half performance,Â when we play Arsenal again tomorrow night – but this time hopefully for the full game. If we can do that we may be able to get some kind of result tomorrow, which we need badly.
The lads should know they are fighting for their places at Newcastle United, because we expect quite a few signings in the summer, now that Kevin has almost said there’ll not be many – if any â€“ new signings in January.
So we need to see some upbeat performances from the lads, not only to raise the confidence of the players, but also to raise the spirits of the Newcastle fans, who cannot be too encouraged at the moment.
But here’s an excellent article we just read from Lee Ryder on his blog, which is not only truthful, but very upbeat on what’s happening at the Newcastle club. It certainly cheered us up when we read it today.
Every Newcastle fan should read it.Â