Keegan Full of Ideas And Enthusiasm – Duff

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 Keegan’s arrival at the club his style of play will fit right in with what the manager is looking for, so it’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:

“We want to start winning games again. We’ve not won since December 15 and the gaffer has come in and we haven’t managed to improve results yet. I think we’re all desperate to get that first win on the board for him because he’s a great fellow and we want to show what a positive impact he has already had on the club.”

“Of 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 we’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.”

“I’ve been really impressed with the new manager’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.” “In many ways Sunday will be like a fresh start for the team because it doesn’t get much tougher than two back-to-back away games against Arsenal.”

“I think we’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 we’re still annoyed at a disappointing result.” “We’ve conceded some sloppy goals again and we’re not creating enough chances at the other end, but we don’t have to play them every week and we can look forward to Sunday and the game against Middlesbrough.”

“You only have to look at the squad we’ve got. We’re down to the bare bones, we’ve got kids on the bench and we’re trying to compete with arguably the best team in the Premier League.”

“We’ve got four lads away in the African (Cup of) Nations and we’ve picked up injuries. The squad’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.”

“I’m feeling pretty good. It was a really bad injury and I’m still getting a bit of an ache in that area which the doctor says will probably last for a few months yet. But it’s great to be back and I can feel myself getting stronger with each game I play.” “Newcastle is where I live, it’s where my heart is and the club pays my wages. I want to get things right here more than anything else.”

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. 😀

Comments very welcome.

49 comments so far

  • adam

    Jan 31, 2008 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #1

    duff needs to step it up. hes a senior player and has to take alot of responsibility. not good enough right now for me

  • Obafan

    Jan 31, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #2

    In a couple of games we will see the best of DD. I think it is really hard now he is someone who tries to open defences with his fabulous dribbles and runs. But now again lack of confidence.

    We really need a massive game on Sunday and then things and players will be a step further in their confidence….

  • Bill F

    Jan 31, 2008 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #3

    Still think it would be worth given him a Nobby type of role at Left defence and let Zog be more attacking on the left side. I don’t think he will ever be as good as he was as an out and out winger but could do a great job as an attacking defender. Still plenty of mileage left in him imo.

  • Richard

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #4

    duff has looked brilliant since coming back give him a break!!

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #5

    I kind off agree Bill but put Zog on the left and Duff on the right…Im not 100% convinced about Milner .. He’s good, but not anything special really…Pop Jose in Left back…

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #6

    if everyone just takes a step back and looks at our defence, Sam has done a great job, Enrique is class, so is Beye, so is Faye, Cacapa is much better than what people say and in truth has only had a few bad games, Taylor is improving all the time and is very commanding in his area, and we have a good utility defender in rozenhal, who in my opinion is best at DM

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #7

    not to sure about that mate…we have conceded a lot off stupid goals

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #8

    yes but they are new to the premiership and our defence is constantly changing, we need them to settle and develope a true understanding with each other

  • thelongshanks

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #9

    I would like keegan to come out and let us know who he actually tried to sign.At the moment we dont know what is paper talk and what is not.We have been linked with richards and bentley to name two.If this is true then its shows we are ambitious about getting in top class players.

    Off the subject; buy barnes!!!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #10

    our defence should be

    Enrique Faye Cacapa Beye

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #11

    TAYLOR is the best CB at the club mate!!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #12

    no he aint, he makes too many idiotic mistakes, however, he is young and will learn

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #13

    Dragoner, also you say that Cacapa has only had a few bad games, Ratio that against the games he has played???

    Problem with Cacapa, he can read the game well but thats about it. No pace, no strength, not good in the air, so against top notch CF, he is terrible!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #14

    Cacapa will get used to Premiership and adapt his game to his ability. He has strength but just needs to be able to utilize it week in and week out, sometimes he is barged over by weeker strikers as he just doesn’t seem prepared for the physical battle, but he will improve as he is very experience and like you said, he knows how to read the game. He has no pace, but there are many defenders who have no pace but read the game well enough to stop even the fastest of players, he just needs more time to adjust. He is ok in the air aswell so i do not know why you said he is no good in the air

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    cacapa is shit ……Overrated by alladyce,…Probably the worst signing he made…

    Remember ManU game..He was under no pressure and still f*cked up….Steven Taylor is a million miles better than him in my eyes

  • Robert from Serbia

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Cacapa is good..he can score goals and he can do the job in defence…i think taylor makes idiotic misstakes..

  • Black Caesar

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Only people who do not know their football will put Taylor ahead of Cacapa! Sheer madness!!!

  • Rich

    Jan 31, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #18

    Yep Taylor and Faye top pairing, i would flog Rozenthal and Cacapa and bring in another 2 good defenders to compete for places, Roz and Cacapa are ok, but for where we aim to be simply not good enough!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #19

    i agree, it is madness to put Taylor ahead of Cacapa, Taylor makes dumb mistakes in every game, stop blindly defending him. People on here who say Cacapa is our worst signing know NOTHING

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #20

    John your eyes need checking mate

  • david bulman

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #21

    think we will see the best of duff under kev,hes had a bad injury and played in a bad team under allardyce.when he gets confidence and fitness back will shine.dont think milner playing well at moment and should try duff and nzogbia on wings for a change.enrique has showed promise and will be very good defender if given time.evra and vidic for man utd were bad in first 6 months but have settled and are 2 of the best defenders around.too many newcastle fans turn on new players too quick,
    beye,talor,faye,enrique not too bad of a defence and buy a quality centre back and right back in summer to make us strong in these positions for once.need a top class playmaker and another forward,owen way off the pace and viduka always injured.we have to start picking uop points or could end up in relegation battle,next 6 games hard fixtures

  • dirk

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #22

    cacapa and taylor cb pair and faye in dm, tha is wa i think could b a gr8 defence.

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #23

    IMO. Taylor is a much better CB than Cacapa. How many did Taylor cause against Manure and Pompey?

    Taylor and Faye are the best Cb at the club by far!!

    As I said, Cacapa to blame for Manure defeat, Pompey defeat and Arsenal defeat!!

    Poor poor poor defending on all occasions.

    Decent Centre forwards make mincemeat of the bloke.

    Close season, Cacapa will go, as will Rozenhal…..mark my words, then we will see that i am right yet again and you Dragoner, as always, are wrong!!!!!!!!!!

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #24

    Dragoner do you rememebr the man u game…the pompey game…Ya great reading and defending from cacacpa there

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #25

    Lets all name a couple matches when Cacapa was poor, blah blah blah.

    Pompey was his worst performance and apparently he was playing through injury.

    And any defender will look crap against man united….because they are man united, they have some of the best attacking players in THE WORLD.

    Davey G you know nothing about football, Cacapa to blame for Arsenal game?? hmmm, i was at Emirates both times and you can not single him out for us losing as our defence simply could not cope with Arsenals attack for the whole 90minutes. You are just talking shit as usual you little boy, grow up.

  • Graeme

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #26

    If another 7 players decide they are also gonna give their all, we would have nothing to worry about. The rest of the season would see us moving up the table!!

    Pity they have failed to do it so far though!!!!

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #27

    Dragoner,ooooooooooo, such hurtful remarks!!!
    But I am not a little boy……………….WRONG AGAIN!!!
    Oh dear, your year goes from bad to worse, you just dont seem to have a clue do you????

    IMO, you havent got the foggiest, and i dont believe for one minute you were at the Emirates during the last 2 matches (Unless you were attending he the toilets of course), coz if you were, you would have agreed with myself Most of the fans and the Pundits, that Cacapa is SHHHHHHHHHHITTTTTTT!!!!!!!

    Silly billy

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #28

    section P seat 38 mate, my girlfriend and her dad are season ticket holders

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #29

    “SHHHHHHHHHHITTTTTTT!!!!!!!”…This again proves how pathetic and immature you are little boy

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Davey G get an opinion of your own and stop following others you sheep, and get yourself a ticket to a live game and stop watching on the net

  • Big AL

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #31

    Good words from duff and i for one look forward to the games ahead and am not a member of the doom and gloom club. Ok so we only drew vs Bolton but wait a sec, nearly all those players played 2 days earlier for an hr with 10 men, we had butt, smith, emre, viduka, barton, geremi, martins, faye and baye all out for variuos reasons, and bolton setup for a 0-0 so imo that wasnt such a bad result.
    the two Arsenal games well what can i say Arsenal harvent been beat at home for over a year they will push man U all the way and there team is brimming with confidence. So ok wel lost twice but thats no discrase either.
    The games against the teams around us will tell me if keegan can do somnthing this season or if its going to be a long hard struggle.
    Up to Toon!!!!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #32

    also Big Al, Bolton only came for a draw and had everyone behind the ball

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #33

    Dragoner , so you an Arsenal fan then ..What you doing with a season ticket at the emirates..

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #34

    i am NOT an Arsenal fan, My girlfriend and her dad are, so i always borrow the tickets when Arsenal play Newcastle

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #35

    Oh dear, a bit like Keegan and Woody, I cast my rod and Dragoner the Gooner bites away, and I catch him, Hook Line and sinker…………
    And he calls me “little boy” now your not big and your not clever……….

    So stop the orrible names and start getting things right and people might listen to you and take in your opinions.

    Until then Button it Bollock chops!!!
    (Thats just me being little again)

  • Davey G

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #36

    PS. DRAGONER is the bloke that said that there was great improvements at the club under Allardyce a few weeks back……………….yip!!
    A Hive of Knowledge this lad!!!!

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #37

    like i said Davey G, watch a live match first and then talk. By the way your previous statement about most fans on here thinking cacapa is shit, hmmm, wrong again, why dont you try asking people what they think before you open your mouth little boy

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #38

    i think he’s shit also ..So overrated…

    He’s brazillian for f sake..When was there ever a good brazilian defender..and he does’nt even get in the team

  • Dragoner

    Jan 31, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #39

    “He’s brazillian for f sake..When was there ever a good brazilian defender”…Alex, Lucio, Juan etc

  • John

    Jan 31, 2008 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #40

    LOL don’t see cacapa on your list


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