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.
Kevin Keegan - tough game for Newcastle tomorrow
Keegan told the Chronicle:
â€œJose 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.â€
â€œThe only player we are really missing long-term is Peter Ramage, who is about a month away.â€â€œ
We also have players coming back from the African Cup of Nations.â€ â€œSo in terms of the squad size we are getting people back.â€
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:
â€œHe wonâ€™t be back and is unlikely to travel to Aston Villa,â€ â€œHe has turned his ankle whilst on international duty.â€
â€œNothing changes with Michael,â€ â€œHis work-rate will be exactly the same, and if he can get another goal for us it will give everybody a lift.â€
â€œItâ€™s a big game for us going to Villa,â€ â€œTheyâ€™ve had a setback at Fulham and we know they are aiming for the top six this season.â€ â€œFor us, itâ€™s an even bigger game in the sense that we have a break coming up for a couple of weeks and we donâ€™t want to be left to stew for a while without getting a good result.â€
â€œBut Villa are a team that we know will be very committed under Martin Oâ€™Neill.â€ â€œWe know what to expect from them â€“ thatâ€™s not rocket science.â€
â€œTheyâ€™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.â€ â€œIf the players get together collectively they can write a really good story for us.â€
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.