Newcastle United have not won in the league since December 15th and have not scored in four successive games against Premier League sides.
Kevin Keegan – needs a bit of time
After the 3-0 Arsenal defeat last night manager Kevin Keegan talked to the Newcastle Journal:
â€œItâ€™s a little bit like Groundhog Day. Itâ€™s a tough place to come, but if you got points for being genuine, I think we had a genuine bunch of players here tonight who gave it everything they had,â€
â€œWe didnâ€™t quite have enough quality at times, but thatâ€™s something I think the players have got, it just didnâ€™t come up tonight. You donâ€™t have to play Arsenal twice every week, and thatâ€™s probably a good thing. Theyâ€™ve got the confidence we lack at the moment as theyâ€™ve had the results we havenâ€™t.
â€œWe will create more chances with the players weâ€™ve got, thereâ€™s absolutely no doubt about that. But at the moment weâ€™re not creating enough chances in the game. If I was playing up front, Iâ€™d probably be more vociferous than most.â€
â€œI played there, and the only way you score goals is if people around you create chances. We didnâ€™t create too much tonight and thatâ€™s pretty obvious. We probably got our three best chances late on when the game was over.â€
â€œPeople with common sense, and most of our fans, have patience. They know itâ€™s not going to happen overnight. We didnâ€™t say it just so if we did well people thought, â€˜Thatâ€™s fantasticâ€™, we said it because football has never been any different. Things take time.â€
â€œSometimes a new manager coming in does give a team a quick uplift and a surge, but that didnâ€™t happen with us. Bolton at home was probably our best chance, but we didnâ€™t play particularly well and got what we deserved, 0-0.â€
â€œTwo games at Arsenal were always going to be tough. We could have come and played a lot better and still got beat. I think 3-0 was a bit harsh.â€
Keegan does not seem too confident of bringing anybody in during the January transfer window, but thinks that Giles Barnes from Derby County would have been a good capture for the club.
â€œI donâ€™t think itâ€™ll happen. If weâ€™d got two players in, which was the original intention, someone like him would have been perfect to slide in as one for the future.â€
â€œI donâ€™t think weâ€™ll do it in this transfer window, but we might do three or four of those types of signings in the summer. Thatâ€™s what this new set-up is all about.â€
Bur after 3 games in charge and nothing seeming to be too much different, at least with the results, we think there’ll be a greater urge to bring in new players. If we were betting people, we’d say we’d get both Giles Barnes and Alvaro in before the midnight deadline tomorrow night.
What do you think?