Newcastle Need to Display Creativity Again

Kevin Keegan has had the team together since our Arsenal defeat on Tuesday night, so we’ll be able to see the results of the team’s efforts early tomorrow afternoon.


Michael Owen – due a goal or two tomorrow

We are really short of goals from everybody, not just Michael Owen, but we have also had precious few creative players playing over the last few games. That will change tomorrow when Keegan has the choice of N’Zogbia, Barton and Emre to play in the center of midfield, all three of whom are extremely skilled and creative players.

We hope first of all tomorrow to see Newcastle creating some chances, because as well as a lack of goals, we’ve seen very few chances created since we beat Stoke City 4-1.

Kevin Keegan talked today starting with Michael Owen:

“Yes, Michael needs a goal – all strikers need goals – but we need to start supplying him with chances.”“If you are a forward, you need three or four chances every game, and then you will take the knocks if people start saying you are not scoring goals.”

“In reality, in the three games for which I have been in charge, I can honestly say we haven’t provided him with any good opportunities.”

“He’s had a quarter-chance, maybe one half-chance at Arsenal. In three games, that’s not enough and we are trying to address it – that’s what we have been about this week.”

“Give those guys opportunities – look at Michael Owen’s goal record for England. He doesn’t have to prove anything to anybody.”

“Newcastle fans know if we provide him with chances, he will score goals because that what he is about. That’s what he has always done and that’s what he will continue to do until the day he hangs his boots up.”

We’re hoping that we can score goals and win the game tomorrow. There’s no doubt we have lost significant ground on teams like Tottenham, Portsmouth, Aston Villa, Manchester City, Everton, West Ham and even Blackburn Rovers this season. That’s not even mentioning the top four teams.

A good run in for the remaining 14 games is what we badly need – starting tomorrow.

What do you think?

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