Newcastle played well in the first half today, and Michael Owen scored a great opportunist headed goal after just 5 minutes and we were 1-0 up at the break.
But then in the last 45 minutes we gave it all away, and seemed to give up the fight, and were well beaten in the end by Aston Villa 4-1.
Michael Owen – gave us a good goal to get going
The Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan spoke after the disappointing result today:
“I had no complaints about the first half at all.â€ “I said to the players we had built a good platform from which to go on and win a football match.â€“Instead of going a goal down like we have been doing in most recent games, we went in front and handled everything Villa threw at us.â€
“I impressed at half-time on the players the importance of the opening 15 minutes of the second half and picking up where we left off.â€ “We were unlucky with Villa’s first goal which took a deflection and even then Shay Given would have saved it if he hadn’t slipped and pulled his groin.â€
“You want to see how the players were going to respond after that and that was the most disappointing aspect of today.â€ “Before you knew it, we were getting bullied, especially by Carew and Harewood, and they were basically doing what they wanted to do with us at times.â€
“That was the disappointing aspect and that is what I told the players. There were still some very good performances but who cares when you get beat 4-1.â€
“We got the lead today and still couldn’t go on and win so you sort of run out of excuses in that department.â€ “When you look at the second half the positives are forgotten because of the negatives and we are very fragile at the moment.”
The big disappointment is that players did not respond at all to giving away two goals in the first 6 minutes of the second half. And time is running out for some of these players at Newcastle, who may not be good enough to give the performances necessary for the the Premier League.
We’re not sure where we go from here, other than to acknowledge we have some kind of crisis building at the club on the playing side, and then ensure we can escape the drop to live to fight another day in the Premier League.
We really don’t want to hear again from the players being devastated after the game and the way they are going to fight like crazy against Manchester United for a result and all that cr*p.
They need start doing their talking on the field – that’s why they get paid huge ridiculous wages – to produce on the field – not to be politicians, and say what we want to hear.
And we have to hope on the field, it’s not going to be the whimper we heard in the second half this afternoon. 🙁
We need our players to give everything they have, and for our supporters to get behind the lads big time – for the good of this football club.
But on this performance today we need more than 4 good players in the summer, that’s an absolute certainty.
As we’ve said before, it’s sometimes tough being a Newcastle supporter, when the team gives us 45 minutes like they played in the second half today. But we just have to keep believing we can pull out of this.
In the summer we must bring in some good players, who are guaranteed to be able to perform in the Premier league, which is so much better now than the European leagues.
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