Newcastle Just Haven’t Been Good Enough

As we’ve mentioned before we’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:

“The reality is we know we have had a difficult start.” “Boro was tough and so will Aston Villa be – and then we have Manchester United!”

“It is a tough league, but we have been here before.” “I 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.”

“When you look at the nature of the teams we have played you can see that.” “Bolton were always going to make it difficult for us, but I thought we’d win that game because the crowd were with us.”

“But on the day we just weren’t good enough.” “Then 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.”

One player who has suffered more than most, from Newcastle’s lack luster season, is England striker Michael Owen, who didn’t even make it as a substitute in England’s 2-1 win last night at Wembley against Switzerland.

Michael’s key contribution is always going to be scoring goals, and he’s scored only 6 this season for Newcastle. We haven’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:

“To Michael’s credit he has worked hard to make something out of nothing.” “We can provide more invention in the team.”

“Lack of confidence is probably another factor where players are just scared to risk the ball.” “They see the pass but they just don’t want to give the ball away.”

“They think ‘I don’t want to give a bad pass’, but if they think that, you can’t hit a good one.” “You’ve got to risk the ball to score goals and you have to take a chance.

“That’s all because of where the players are at the moment.” “It’s not because of anything we’ve said to them.” “It’s because of where they are and what they are seeing on the football field, having had a difficult few matches.”

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.

Comments very welcome.

37 comments so far

  • nufctj

    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    1st post!!!! now I feel stupid

  • nufctj

    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #2

    Granted Fulham beat them at Craven Cottage, but I think Villa are top four pretenders, and I believe we are fully capable of earning 3 points on Saturday. The Africans are back!

  • Griff

    Feb 7, 2008 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #3

    That was the problem with england yesterday, scared to give a pass incase they lost it. But then they kept loosing it with the simple passes aswell!

    Difference with England is that at the end of the match they were hitting the passes right; quick and accurate.

    Newcastle havent acheived that yet.

  • Sales Growth Consultant

    Feb 7, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Keegan is right – the passing has been weak.

    We really struggle to break down packed defenses like Middlesborough. We pass it around for a while looking for openings – but when the ball eventually comes back to our centre-backs or defensive midfielders it’s either lost, hoofed up, or just played back to Shay. There are no really incisive passes coming from there, or any decent runs centrally – it all comes from the wings (and in the case of Boro, ended up on the heads of their giant centre backs).


  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Off the point here,but just wanted to say with players like nzogbia saying he wants to move to london and jenas describing newcastle as a fish bowl.Its great to hear emre who has had a very hard and tough time here coming out saying his future lies with newcastle and he is lookin forward to the future.

    These are the type of players we need to have cuz this is what gets us going,and i agree with the point in an earlier post that players see newcastle as a big payday e.g. luque.So i think with a good mix of top players who actually want to join and the rising talent in our youth we may start becoming an top attacking european team sooner rather then later.

    Toon army!

  • nightfall

    Feb 7, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #6
  • Leo*

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #7

    i hope this passing thing is not a way of getting butts confidence up for playing!

    i dont want to see BUTT on the pitch for newcastle ever again

  • CJ

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #8

    Thelongshanks- Zog has never came out and say’s he want’s a move to London and Emre’s agent say’s he want’s to leave in nearly every transfer window.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Everytime commentators talk about newcastle they always say butt is the only constant preformer for us all season.Didnt know there were that many commentators smoking crack.

  • Leo*

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #10

    thelongshanks good one, i actually think you might have something there

  • CJ

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #11

    On crack and i assume there mates with Alan Oliver.

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #12

    CJ Why then has keegan come out and said he is trying his best to convince nzogbia to stay?I would love the man to stay as he is our biggest prospect at the mo.

  • CJ

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #13

    What i am saying is Zog has not come out publicly and said he is unhappy KK has said he is not as happy as people may think. He may be unhappy but he never asked to leave the club and i would agree he is the best prospect at the club.

  • nufctj

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #14

    Butt gets treated as he does by the media, for one reason and one reason only, he was once a red devil, ManU can do no wrong!

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Man utd should buy boumsong and prove that theory.

  • CJ

    Feb 7, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #16

    nufctj- Correct

  • ende

    Feb 7, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #17

    Ed, how many of the same type of post are you going to make on here???

  • Steeley

    Feb 7, 2008 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #18

    “Lack of confidence is probably another factor where players are just scared to risk the ball.” “They see the pass but they just don’t want to give the ball away.”

    “They think ‘I don’t want to give a bad pass’, but if they think that, you can’t hit a good one.” “You’ve got to risk the ball to score goals and you have to take a chance.

    Absolutely spot on!!! The amount of times I’ve seen players with a great pass on, or with plenty of room to run into, but actually ending up playing the ball backwards (the safe option) is unbelievable!! Cacapa, Butt and surprisingly, Carr have been the main culprits so far this season!

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Feb 7, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #19

    Great video, Nightfall. Is there one like that with just great Newcastle goals? If so, KK should play it nonstop in the dressing room. Surely that would do something for their confidence.

  • Marty

    Feb 7, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #20

    Talking about passing,we could do with Bentley as he definitley had a spark last night-keen to get the ball and pass and move.Was just thinking “if we only had someone like him on the right wing”….Any1 else notice this about him???

  • toonfan1

    Feb 7, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #21

    i think the team for villa should be:

    Beye Faye Taylor Enrique
    Milner Barton Emre Duff
    Owen (c) Viduka

    Subs: Forster or Harper, Cacapa, Butt, Smith and Lua Lua

  • Geordie Matriarch

    Feb 7, 2008 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #22

    I agree Marty, Bentley was great. Everybody will want to sign him!

  • petworth magpie

    Feb 7, 2008 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #23

    Gotta love Emre with his last interview. Good to hear players saying the love the city, clun, fans and want to stay on as long as possible. Really hope he is the linchpin that turns this season around for us.

    Bentley would be worth a big money contract. 15M lets get him in.

  • Bill F

    Feb 7, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #24

    I don’t think Bentley will be leaving Blackburn in the near future, is there any reason why he should?

  • Yorkie Dave

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #25

    So nightfall how bout this for a team

    Henry, Van Baston, Maradona, Messi, Giggs, Carlos, Zidane, Mendieta(spanish form). Seedorf, Gerrard, Beckham…..

    No need for Def or Gk

  • Yorkie Dave

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #26

    realistically id be happy with the following squad for next season
    MICAH RICHARDS (would be amazing and worth 20-30 mill)
    WAYNE BRIDGE(needs regular football to get into england side)
    STEPHEN SUNDAY(great midfielder who could build attacks from back of midfield, watch this space new viera)
    MASCHERANO(with ashleys connections we could push this through before liverpool get there)
    SHAUN WRIGHT-PHILLIPS (worth a bid as A GRANT will bring in more players this summer)
    BERBATOV(again not much chance here but worth a cheeky bid of 30mill)
    ASHTON(every chance here)

    this would easily push the team top 6 and challenge for forth place.
    Richards is going to be England cb soon and there for next 10years just imagine him with taylor when they have learnt their trade fully)
    Bridge is a great left back and can teach Enrique a thing or two and every chance of getting him
    Sunday is a great DM and technically great also very strong!!
    Shaun Wright-Phillips as we saw on wednesday a real classy RW
    Mascherano well his form this year been ok but young and very good already
    Ashton is a great forward just getting killed at west ham not suited to there play and would relish the prospect of the toon.
    Berbatov well i need not say anything bout him apart from i reckon he lovess the toon as much as we all do.
    Then keegan needs to get a load of young ones in and get them ready in a few years to battle the first team

  • AlexW

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #27

    why dont u add ronaldo ronaldinhio, messi, kaka, rooney and lilian thuram to that list yorki dave

    we av no chance for any of them players, maybe ashton if we r lucky

  • AlexW

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #28

    oh and good news everybody, geremis not coming home yet YAY

  • Yorkie Dave

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #29

    Ashton YES, Bridge YES, Sunday YES not really with the rest but worth the paperwork for a bid maybe to be accepted and with the vision of the management maybe. but just them 3 would make our side soooo much more potent and successful

  • AlexW

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #30

    yeah agree 100% but i cant see bridge coming up, dont no sunday, wer he play?

  • Yorkie Dave

    Feb 7, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #31

    quick skillfull strong very very good

  • roscoe

    Feb 7, 2008 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #32

    i would like to see:



  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 7, 2008 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #33

    Maxwell – LB/LW
    Rolfes – CDM
    Kahlenberg – CAM
    Bentley – RW
    Marica – ST

    Reaslitic enough.

  • roscoe

    Feb 7, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #34

    hows this team and formation…….

    …..Cacapa Tayls Faye

  • nightfall

    Feb 7, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #35


    for our next match i think kev should try:

    beye faye taylor enrique
    milner barton emre n’zogbia
    owen/martins duff

    i think partnership owen-duff could work…or if duff would play as RW and milner up front… i think milner could be as good (as a striker) as ashton..if not better…

  • toonfan1

    Feb 7, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #36

    nightfall- zoggie is suspened so duff will defo play left mid.

  • nightfall

    Feb 8, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #37

    ups..sorry…then i guess i’d play martins-carroll up front…i mean…smith’s not good enough, we don’t have a decent partner for owen, shola’s also not good enough and viduka have too many problems with injures… and martins-carroll did great in pre-season matches…they work well together…all other strikers had chances lately and couldn’t score (they scored 1 goal in how many matches?), so…why not…


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