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Magpies Can Write Good Story at Villa Park

1:42 pm, Friday, February 8th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 17 Comments

We have a tough game tomorrow at Villa Park, and Kevin Keegan has talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle, before the team left to travel to Birmingham this afternoon.

But if the players perform up to their potential, Kevin thinks the players can write a good story for us tomorrow – we hope so. :D

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Kevin Keegan - tough game for Newcastle tomorrow

Keegan told the Chronicle:

“Jose Enrique is OK now after his calf injury that he picked up at Arsenal and he is in the squad for Villa, as well as Mark Viduka.”

“The only player we are really missing long-term is Peter Ramage, who is about a month away.”“

We also have players coming back from the African Cup of Nations.” “So in terms of the squad size we are getting people back.”

Keegan then talked about Michael Owen, who didn’t even play in England’s 2-1 win over Switzerland on Wednesday night, and said that Nigerian Oba Martins will probably not even travel for the game at Villa Park tomorrow because of his ankle injury and Keegan continued:

“He won’t be back and is unlikely to travel to Aston Villa,” “He has turned his ankle whilst on international duty.”

“Nothing changes with Michael,” “His work-rate will be exactly the same, and if he can get another goal for us it will give everybody a lift.”

“It’s a big game for us going to Villa,” “They’ve had a setback at Fulham and we know they are aiming for the top six this season.” “For us, it’s an even bigger game in the sense that we have a break coming up for a couple of weeks and we don’t want to be left to stew for a while without getting a good result.”

“But Villa are a team that we know will be very committed under Martin O’Neill.” “We know what to expect from them – that’s not rocket science.”

“They’ve got people like Ashley Young who will be very influential and, of course, they are dangerous from set-pieces which is where 45% of their goals have come from.” “If the players get together collectively they can write a really good story for us.”

One good thing is that the young Aston Villa star Agbonlahor will not be playing with the injury he sustained last weekend, which seems to have robbed him of his first full cap for England against Switzerland. He’s certainly an up and coming young star, and it’s got to help us that he will not play tomorrow.

But the result will depend a lot more on how we play, rather than how Aston Villa play. It’s going to be tough for us, no doubt about it.

But we have to start winning sometime soon, since it was back on December 15th against Fulham when we had out last league win. That’s a long time.

What do you think? Comments welcome.



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17 responses so far ↓

  • 1 broon ale // Feb 8, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    i would like to see us give it a real go

  • 2 Leo* // Feb 8, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    but it means that moore might play, and he has a nack of playing well against us

  • 3 Bill F // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:02 PM

    Lets hope it also has a happy ending with the good (or bad as long as it’s us ) guys riding off into the sunset with all of the points.

    Yippe Kai aye the Toon.

  • 4 ToonKing // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Would like us to get the win obviously, but i think a draw is the best we can expect. :(

  • 5 nomis_jade // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:26 PM

    For me the danger will be at set pieces like kk has said. Carew, laursen and melberg are all class in the air, especially laursen who seems to score from a corner every week. Im sure kk will me working on this during training but it also cries out that we need faye in the team, pref for butt who is too short and crap. If we can defend well from set pieces that i reckon there is no reason why we cant get a result. My team would be;
    given
    beye taylor cacapa enrique
    milner faye emre duff
    dukes owen

    I want to see shola given his chance and i dont want to see butt or smith in the starting line up.

  • 6 Tom_Toon // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:45 PM

    Got a good feeling about this one, i see us nicking it 2-1. Keep Ashley Young quiet then Villa are nobodies.

  • 7 ToonKing // Feb 8, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Come on man, Shola ??!! How many chances does he want ??? taxi for Shola!, Smudger is no Ronaldinho but his miles better then Strola, infact my 8 year old Airdale is better with the ball than Shola.

  • 8 George // Feb 8, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    If ever we needed another moral booster, tomorrow at villa park would be a great place to start. A draw will suffice, but 3 points would be magic, as the ensuing games may just prove too many points too far.

  • 9 Howie // Feb 8, 2008 at 4:26 PM

    if we defend well from set pieces i fancy us getting a result. thats why i would play taylor over cacapa tomorrow due to him being better in the air. i have a feeling carr might play over beye but hope not. faye to deal with carew

  • 10 Tom_Toon // Feb 8, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    ToonKing – What do you think of Marica?

  • 11 nufctj // Feb 8, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    give me at least a point and I will be happy…three I will throw a party!

  • 12 nufctj // Feb 8, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    laursen on set plays is deadly in the air, somebody better mark him close at all times

  • 13 ToonKing // Feb 8, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    hmmm, Ciprian Marica…another romanian, you seem to like them.

    He’s pretty good tbh, good technique, good vision. He’s not scoring to many goals, but i rate him.

  • 14 Tom_Toon // Feb 8, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Ye i know he isnt prolific but hes got a good record for romania (which shows he can score goals at a good rate) and is mainly a sub for his clubs.

    Got great pace, good skill, an eye for a pass. The good thing about him is he gets a truck load of assists and works the wings very well. Kind of what i call a modern target man.

    Just an idea for a new striker who can chip in a few goals but gets many assists like a olden day target man (like Viduka) but more stylish to watch and probably more effective this day and age.

    Hes the kind of striker you want if you want to play two small strikers.

  • 15 CRAIGG // Feb 8, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    “They are dangerous from set-pieces which is where 45% of their goals have come from.”

    KKs gone all big sam percentagey on us!!!!!!!!

  • 16 hanzemre // Feb 8, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    a win is great..2-1, though a draw is just fine too.

  • 17 Mac // Feb 8, 2008 at 11:52 PM

    I am sick to death of Shola being in last chance Saloon,as of now he is barred from any saloon. He is a nice lad and would probably bleed black and white but the simple painful truth is he simply is not good enough




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