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Keegan Delighted With Reserves Play

11:36 am, Thursday, January 31st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 13 Comments

As we reported late last night, Kevin Keegan was at North Shields on Wednesday night to see his young Newcastle’s Reserve side record their second consecutive victory, this time against the Robins 3-0.

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Kevin Keegan - delighted with last two Reserves’ displays

Newcastle are now in the semi-finals of the Northumberland Senior with a goal from Jonny Godsmark and two great strikes from local boy and England Under-17 International Mark Doninger.

Last week Newcaastle thrashed local rivals Middlesbrough 5-0 with Andy Carroll hitting a good hat-trick in that game. New signings Tamas Kadar, Ben Tozer and Wesley Boeteng all played the full game last night and Keegan is delighted with the second string performances.

Kevin told Newcastle World TV today:

“That was a great result for the club at Middlesbrough,”.“These little things like reserve fixtures seem unimportant but, when you get a result like that against Middlesbrough who bring a lot of good players through, it’s great for morale.”

“You don’t want to go everywhere and get beat because these players need an environment to show us what they can do.” “I’m delighted for the lads and long may it continue.”

We’re very pleased that Kevin is attending these games and showing an obvious interest in the youngsters – because this is without doubt, where the future of the club lies.

With all the young talent coming into the club, it will soon be a joy to watch the youngsters playing for the Newcastle Reserves side. Just like it was when Kevin was last at the club, when crowds of 10.000 showed up to see the class that was playing in the reserve team those days – not to mention the first team. :D

As Kevin says – long may it continue.

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Reserves



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13 responses so far ↓

  • 1 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    i posted this earlier but,,,, i was playing for north shields last night, jonny godsmark was quality, he ran the show. lua lua was tricky and quick but faded as the game went on, (i wonder where he gets that from,, his brother perhaps) Andy Carrol was annoymous, he’s quite a selfish player and he shoots from improbable angles. ben tozer and tomas kadar looked good, especially tomas kadar. he played left back and tozer played centre back. Wesley ngo baheng looks like he has ability, very quiet though! i dont think this game suited him, raining, windy and a crap pitch. I met kevin keegan. he came with terry mac.. I also managed to get my hands on one of the newcastle match footballs too.. they are much better than the crap plastic ones we have. Godmark should be near the first team scene if he keeps that up.

  • 2 Martin // Jan 31, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Nice comments Brown Ale! Good to get opinion from someone who has played against the lads! One question though.. How did you play? Did you manage to light up Keegans eyes?

  • 3 Martin // Jan 31, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Sorry mean’t Broon ale! Been living away too long the accent is getting softer! lol

  • 4 Jamie // Jan 31, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Always good to hear regarding our future stars! looks promising! be nice to see a few break through into the first team and get valuble experience.
    Anyone else think that Butt, Duff, Milner, Smith and just not up to stratch at present.

  • 5 Howie // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    exactly jamie when you think of teams like villa, man city and everton bringing through agbonlahor,ireland,johnson, richards,anichebe,vaughan etc

  • 6 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:15 PM

    i dont think any of us lit up keegans eyes Martin. we hardly had the ball. we hit the bar and had a decent shout for a penalty, it really could of been a cricket score though, Godsmark cut us open at will. Kadar and tozer will definatley push for the first team next year. Enrique will have compete to with both of them for a start.

  • 7 Richard // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    duff has looked class since he came back getting better each game!

  • 8 broon ale // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    duff has looked average for me Richard. Obviously it takes a while to get match fit but he looks no where near the player we have all seen for chelsea and blackburn. In fact ,he has never once resembled the player I thought we had signed. it doesnt seem to have the ability or confidence to take anyone on. he either comes back and starts again with the full back or comes inside and looks for a pass. I have a bad feeling that Duff’s best days are behind him now.

  • 9 Matthew Tom // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Broon Ale – I completely agree about Duff. I was at the Emirates on Tuesday and he did exactly that on every single occasion. It was about an hour into the match when I turned to my mate and said – “Was that a cross I just saw from our team?” (and it was from Milner)

  • 10 Micky C // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Broon Ale you talk sense, Duff has the legs of a 40 year old, like Geremi, unfortunatley I too feel like his best days are behind him.
    Hopefully KK will start trying some of these lads out, lets face it unless we sign some quality in the summer then they stand a good chance of having a go.

  • 11 nufctj // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    FERGIE KNOWS BEST!

    Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson has questioned Kevin Keegan’s decision to return to Newcastle United for a second spell in charge.

    ‘Sometimes it is wrong to go back to a club for a second spell,’ Ferguson was quoted as saying in Thursday’s Daily Telegraph newspaper.

    ‘There are examples of managers doing it and having relative success but no outstanding success, so I will be interested to see how Kevin copes with it.’

    Former Newcastle player Keegan, who previously managed the club for five years in the 1990′s, took over from Sam Allardyce earlier this month.

    He almost took Newcastle to the Premier League title in 1996 but the team blew a 12-point lead and Keegan famously lost his temper in a television rant at Ferguson before finishing runners-up to United.

    Keegan has not coached since leaving Manchester City in 2005 and Ferguson was unsure what effect that would have on Newcastle.

    ‘Some managers have taken sabbaticals and that’s been a problem for them,’ Ferguson said.

    ‘It’s difficult to say how it will affect him not having seen any games in three years. He’s had a rest and he will have the freshness that brings, so who knows?

    ‘But the game has definitely changed and it’s changing all the time,’ Ferguson added.

    Newcastle, 12th in the Premier League, 30 points behind leaders United, have not won or scored a goal in the former England manager’s three matches in charge so far.

    …..why doesn’t he just shut his scottish mouth!

  • 12 Kein // Jan 31, 2008 at 12:45 PM

    Maybe we should let them play in EPL…

  • 13 slayer // Jan 31, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    HOW has the game changed? I`m an ex-player
    (never pro) and I keep seeing this comment about the game changing….do you have to play with one leg tied behind your back or something these days. It`s eleven v eleven still? It`s very simple, you have the best players, you win. I repeat , how has the game changed?




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