As weâ€™ve mentioned before weâ€™ve just taken 3 points from the last 8 league games and we must get a win in the league soon.
Kevin Keegan – we haven’t been good enough on the day
While we are not worried too much about relegation right now, any continuation of the streak without a win will do us no good whatsoever.
Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today about the state of things on the playing side. The conclusion we have to draw from what Kevin says is that for the last 4-5 games we just haven’t been good enough on the day. We’d have to agree with that, and until we do improve, things will not get any better, that’s a certainty.
Kevin said today:
â€œThe reality is we know we have had a difficult start.â€ â€œBoro was tough and so will Aston Villa be â€“ and then we have Manchester United!â€
â€œIt is a tough league, but we have been here before.â€ â€œI am realist and, while we would have loved to have scored three or four goals in each game, reality tells me that would not have happened.â€
â€œWhen you look at the nature of the teams we have played you can see that.â€ â€œBolton were always going to make it difficult for us, but I thought weâ€™d win that game because the crowd were with us.â€
â€œBut on the day we just werenâ€™t good enough.â€ â€œThen in the two games against Arsenal you knew it would be difficult to go there twice in four days and get anything, especially after they put a strong side out in the cup.â€
One player who has suffered more than most, from Newcastleâ€™s lack luster season, is England striker Michael Owen, who didnâ€™t even make it as a substitute in Englandâ€™s 2-1 win last night at Wembley against Switzerland.
Michaelâ€™s key contribution is always going to be scoring goals, and heâ€™s scored only 6 this season for Newcastle. We havenâ€™t been able to create too many chances during the last few games either, which is getting to be a major concern. That’s why we are pleased that Barton and Emre are back and in the team.
Keegan continued and talked about Owen:
â€œTo Michaelâ€™s credit he has worked hard to make something out of nothing.â€ â€œWe can provide more invention in the team.â€
â€œLack of confidence is probably another factor where players are just scared to risk the ball.â€ â€œThey see the pass but they just donâ€™t want to give the ball away.â€
â€œThey think â€˜I donâ€™t want to give a bad passâ€™, but if they think that, you canâ€™t hit a good one.â€ â€œYouâ€™ve got to risk the ball to score goals and you have to take a chance.
â€œThatâ€™s all because of where the players are at the moment.â€ â€œItâ€™s not because of anything weâ€™ve said to them.â€ â€œItâ€™s because of where they are and what they are seeing on the football field, having had a difficult few matches.â€
Some time very soon we will need a league win, and of course a win against Villa on Saturday would be just great. But we need 3 points very soon.
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