After a disappointing last day yesterday, in the January transfer market, Kevin Keegan is right to ask the fans for their support and a little patience.
Kevin Keegan – let’s all get behind the gaffer
Kevin Keegan said today:
“People tend to forget how we moved in last time.â€“I think we won seven and lost seven of our 14 games left. That was enough to get us out of the relegation zone at that time in the division below.â€
“You do need patience. We need the patience to wait for some of our players who have had injuries to get back to full fitness, for the ones to come back from suspension – and we have still got people to come back from the African Nations Cup.â€
“We do need patience and the Newcastle fans will show that. You can lose that patience if, after a while, the things you are seeing aren’t really what you expected.â€ “That’s when people start to get frustrated and show it.”
The game on Sunday against Middlesbrough looks a difficult one since Middlesbrough have been playing well of late, and have picked up some good results recently. They are just two points behind Newcastle so it’s important that Newcastle get all 3 points to widen the gap. A Middlesbrough win on Sunday will of course put the Tees-side club ahead of Newcastle in the league.
“The players individually at this football club are all top-class players.â€ “If we can get them playing as a team, that would be a strong team.â€
“That is the secret of football. It is not getting the players individually playing well – that helps – but to get them to play collectively well and then the individuals to make the difference.â€
“That could be quite a few at this club. Damien Duff is a player who can turn a game; certainly Charles N’Zogbia can; I think James Milner can; certainly Michael Owen can and Mark Viduka can. It doesn’t have to be the same player every week.”
Hopefully former Middlesbrough striker Mark Viduka will not be fit to play, and left full-back Jose Enrique will have recovered from a similar problem he picked up earlier this week. Emre is available after serving his three-match ban for a straight red card against Stoke City, and Faye and Beye will be back from the African Cup of Nations tournament.Â Joey Barton is also available after showing some decent form at Arsenal on Tuesday night.
So Keegan will have almost a full squad to choose from, and his team should be an interesting one for Sunday.
Let’s ensure on Sunday that we support the lads, the season has to be turned around somehow, and Sunday is just a great time to start. A 3-0 win for instance will have the City of Newcastle buzzing again.
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