Damien Duff has played well for Newcastle since he returned just before Christmas, from his serious ankle injury .
Damien Duff – has good opportunity now at Newcastle
And with Keeganâ€™s arrival at the club his style of play will fit right in with what the manager is looking for, so itâ€™s a chance for Duff to shine and return to the form he showed at Blackburn and Chelsea, before arriving at Newcastle in the summer of 2006.
Damien talked to the Newcastle Journal today, in a long interview:
â€œWe want to start winning games again. Weâ€™ve not won since December 15 and the gaffer has come in and we havenâ€™t managed to improve results yet. I think weâ€™re all desperate to get that first win on the board for him because heâ€™s a great fellow and we want to show what a positive impact he has already had on the club.â€
â€œOf course these things take time, but everyone has really enjoyed his arrival. It might not have seemed like that because of results, but I think weâ€™re all excited about what is happening and where the club is trying to go. However, we need to show that by putting points on the board.â€
â€œIâ€™ve been really impressed with the new managerâ€™s ideas and the enthusiasm he brings to the training ground and the dressing room on a matchday. This is just the start, but the sooner we get that first win the better.â€ â€œIn many ways Sunday will be like a fresh start for the team because it doesnâ€™t get much tougher than two back-to-back away games against Arsenal.â€
â€œI think weâ€™re glad to see the back of Arsenal after what they have done to us away from home this season. It was always going to be hard on Tuesday night, but weâ€™re still annoyed at a disappointing result.â€ â€œWeâ€™ve conceded some sloppy goals again and weâ€™re not creating enough chances at the other end, but we donâ€™t have to play them every week and we can look forward to Sunday and the game against Middlesbrough.â€
â€œYou only have to look at the squad weâ€™ve got. Weâ€™re down to the bare bones, weâ€™ve got kids on the bench and weâ€™re trying to compete with arguably the best team in the Premier League.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got four lads away in the African (Cup of) Nations and weâ€™ve picked up injuries. The squadâ€™s too small to cope with that and I think any club in the Premier League would be struggling with what we have at the moment if they had to go to the Emirates twice in four days.â€
â€œIâ€™m feeling pretty good. It was a really bad injury and Iâ€™m still getting a bit of an ache in that area which the doctor says will probably last for a few months yet. But itâ€™s great to be back and I can feel myself getting stronger with each game I play.â€ “Newcastle is where I live, itâ€™s where my heart is and the club pays my wages. I want to get things right here more than anything else.â€
Damien has a great opportunity to play well for Newcastle now, but that’s also true of everybody else in the squad. Let’s be honest, they haven’t exactly played great this season for either Sam Allardyce or Keegan yet – and they have that responsibility, given all the ludicrous wages they receive.
So the onus is now on the players to start producing, starting on Sunday against Middlesbrough.
We expect a good game, attacking play, and all 3 points on Saturday. 😀
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