Keegan Aware of Massive Game On Saturday

Newcastle have a very important game on Saturday, and it will be the first game since the terrible 4-1 defeat against Aston Villa, after we were ahead at the break 1-0, and deserved to be.


Kevin Keegan – good record against Ferguson
What happened in the second half in that game is a good question for Kevin Keegan to ask of his players. We assume they have not only discussed that, but have also looked at the video tape of the second half, so they can confront their ineptitude in those last 45 minutes. 🙁

Keegan talked today about Manchester United and his record against Alex Ferguson:

“I don’t know what my record is like against Sir Alex, but I don’t think it is as bad as some managers. I’m sure it is not the worst.”“They have got the form and we have not, so we will see if we can surprise a few people.”

“We have had a little bit of a break and we have worked the players a little bit harder.”

“We gave them a couple of days off, but they are back now and fresh – and we know what is ahead of us on Saturday. I have been pleased and we are building up to what is a very big game for us.”

“Two weeks without a game has been a long time, and the last game against Aston Villa was not a good performance. Man United will have had two games by the time they play us, so we have little things going for us.”

The game on Saturday will give Newcastle fans an idea how the rest of the season will be. A good performance and we can look forward to picking up points at home against Sunderland, Fulham and Reading, all of whom are currently below us in the league. Those points should make us safe from any relegation fears, fingers crossed.

A poor performance and we may have a fight on our hands, to get enough points to stay above the relegation fray, and that will be a big disappointment.

But at the moment we don’t know which team will turn up on Saturday afternoon, and until we do, we cannot do much but hope for the best on Saturday.

Comments welcome.

45 comments so far

  • Southside Jordy

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Just do it…….!!!!!!

  • milner fan

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #2

    i think the game against utd will definately be make or break for the season. If we get another 4 or 5- 0 hammering and the players dont show, then sadly we can look forward to championship, however if we can get something from the game and have the players play with passion and pride then once we get beat in this game we can take positives from it and beat the teams below us. (not many of em)

    Go on da toon!

  • Kash2

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #3

    Xabi Alonso and Aiden McGEady!!!!!!

    I’m gonna keep saying it!!!!!!

  • Prince_Monkey

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Kash2 – I’d keep saying the 1st part but not the 2nd!

  • ToonKing

    Feb 19, 2008 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #5

    We will get beat……….. and i’m an optimistic person……..

  • Kash2

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #6

    @Monkey – Whats wrong with McGeady? I think he’s a better player than Zog!!!

  • Prince_Monkey

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #7

    Kash2 – sorry I just dont rate him. My father in law is a tim and he doesn’t even rate McGeady that highly. If Zog played against painters and plumbers every week like McGeady he’d look better. He can drop his shoulder once in european games but any decent defender has him in his pocket after that. Aston Villa player if recent signings are anything to go by

  • Viggó

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #8

    It’s a good thing that he’s at least aware of the game.

  • UTD111

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #9

    Oi Milner Fan – there’s only one United!!

  • LongBeachToon

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #10

    Sorry to say that MU is way out of our league. It will not be a surprise or be devestating if we lose and lose badly.

    Our massive games will be against mid and lower table clubs (Fulham, Portsmouth, Tottenham, Reading, etc…) These are the must win matches.

  • Kash2

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    @Monkey – Interesting!!!!! Will keep watching and observing!!!

    Either way the happy larry Zog is offski and we need a skin merchant on the left!!!!!!

  • nightfall

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #12

    it’s always like this…a team which is not performing well, usualy get’s a break against one of the best teams… this match is ours 😉

  • Prince_Monkey

    Feb 19, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    Kash – I think Zog will end up staying as Keegan should inspire him – if KK can’t then defo get rid as I can’t be arsed with players who don’t wanna be here and their only motivation for playing well is to impress visiting scouts. If he does go then yes we do need a replacement but I think Keegan would have grander ideas than McGeady.

    You never know in football though. In 6 months time Zog could end up with a NUFC tattoo’d on his forehead and McGeady could turn into a world beater!

  • Robert from Serbia

    Feb 19, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #14

    We need RENATO AUGUSTO !!! HE IS THE BEST !!!!Manchester United want him badly !
    Felipe from Udineze would be a good buy for us…or Luisao from Benfica…and Taye Taiwo from Marsille….



    –Bentley-Renato Augusto–Emre——-N’Zogbia

    ——Elmander(or Pandev)-Martins(or Owen)—

    with this squad we could challange for top 4 !!!

  • Macca

    Feb 19, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #15

    Grander ideas then McGeady?
    McGeady’s a good YOUNG player, he’s a bright future ahead of him, if he wants that to be in the Premiership then MAYBE he might consider wanting to go to Newcastle. The boy can fly up the wings and he’s improved so much in the last season, I don’t think you realize by how much.
    I wouldn’t turn your nose up at him. I don’t think you’d attract anyone with a bigger name.

  • Graham

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #16

    Robert from Serbia – If Man Utd want him badly then we aint gonna get him – simple as that!

    As far as the game on Saturday is concerned the one thing we need just about as much as a few points is a 90 minute performance (could be 95 minutes if Man Utd aren’t winning at 90 mins)

    If we perform well for 90 and get beat then ok – not fine but ok. If we perform well for 90 and get something – great. But if we turn up for half the game and get slaughtered….. how we gonna be motivated for the remaining games if we cant be geared up for this one??

    Im prepared to be positive and say we play for the whole game and get a score draw.

    btw – play carroll instead of pasty boy Viduka up front with either Owen Or Martins if fit.

  • marts

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #17

    There are some in this country who would love us to get nailed by scumu, KK seems to know what is needed, but on the face of it and like many before, does not appear to be able to get the players to perform as they are obviously able to. For many years NUFC have had the players to deliver, but for whatever reason, maybe they are on the pitch maybe they are off, they simply have not. We are at the moment being watched by all and sundry to see how many we get beat by on Saturday, lets just hope that our manager is able to put some fire in these under-acheiving bones and find out what exactly turns an excellent player into a waste of a kit.

  • petworth magpie

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #18

    McGeady is off to city

  • Jeff

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #19

    to be honest I just want to see some passion from the players against man utd……nobody is expecting us to beat them but it is possible….we have to get at them all game……..the players have to play with pride…..get the fans behind them and go for it

  • Graham

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #20

    Jeff – could agree more. If we do that for the whole game we will get something. The like of Ronaldo and nani (tart) dont like it when your at them all the time being a little aggresive

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #21

    Why is everyone still going on about Zog no body actually know’s if he want’s to leave he hasn’t come out and said he want’s to leave. Zog went to see KK about all the speculation that’s hardly wanting to leave.
    When he signed his 5 year contract i bet Allashite never said to him that close to the end of the season yo will be fighting relegation and playing most games out of position with a 6 mil left back sitting on the bench.

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #22

    My Team for sat

    Beye Taylor Faye Enrique

    Milner Zog Emre Duff

    Owen Martins

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #23

    My team = banner, so same as CJ.

  • ToonUSA

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #24

    I hope the Manure win their Champ leauge game cause the last thing we want is them showing up looking to re-descover their form 🙁

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #25

    I would definately play Smith LB at home

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #26

    Just been watching Sky sports news has anyone noticed Phil Thompsons nose is growing even bigger i feel sorry for him.

  • Graham

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #27

    sorry but i think well get murdered in midfield with Zog and Emre. Play Cacapa at centre half and Faye in Midfield to give some balls and height. Other than that if Martins insnt fit play Carroll.

  • Leo*

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:15 PM

    Comment #28

    yep same as cj and tom the banner is the way forward for our starting lineup, maybe keegan will see this.

    although martins might be unfit for the game!

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #29

    Graham i agree partly with what you say but we have been getting murdered all season with Smith and Butt in the team and there both defensive midfielders.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #30

    Just a thought, Valdivia for the toon. Aptly nicknamed ‘The Magician’. Hes like Matias Fernandez that ive seen people mention, but would be cheaper, has more experience and immense skills, better passing (but scores less) and would come 😉 can also play right wing.

  • cooldj

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #31

    why did hamann leave??

  • CJ

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #32

    He left us to join his Dad Phil Thompson at Liverpool.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #33

    I want


    The young kids have less to lose and more to gain and will play their socks off knowing a good performance against Manure would cement them in the place in the hearts of the fans. Their is to much fear and apprehension in the first team at the moment and watching Smith play is like watching a sinking ship.

    With Viduka, Duff, Martins if fit, Capaca and Barton on the bench.


    Feb 20, 2008 at 3:08 AM

    Comment #34

    aus geordie apart from carroll I agree with that lineup for saturday. Id play Viduka alongside Owen instead.

  • Nufc_mad

    Feb 20, 2008 at 3:16 AM

    Comment #35

    i think were gonna go down how is this possible for a team of our caliber and the championship isnt easy either this match is either make or break

  • Callum

    Feb 20, 2008 at 7:43 AM

    Comment #36

    I’d start playing our youngsters for several reasons

    1) they’ll be hngry to play in the first team and will want to do well

    2) some of our senoir players know they probably wont be at the club next season so wont try as hard

    3) when the youngsters played last year they played well

    4) the fans will be excited to see some of the future stars 🙂

  • geordie_jordan

    Feb 20, 2008 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #37

    just took a gander at the fixtures list the rest of the way, here’s how my 3 personalities view the points haul (don’t want to make it a novel so look up the fixtures yourself for club names):
    Me (mostly mildly optimistic): 0, 1, 0, 3, 3, 0, 1, 0, 3, 1, 0, 1: 13 points (enough to keep us up)
    Myself (Wildly optimistic): 1, 3, 0, 3, 3, 1, 3, 0, 3, 1, 0, 1: 19
    I (Mr. Bullet to the head): 0, 0, 0, 1, 3, 0, 3, 0, 3, 0, 0, 0: 10 points (enough to keep us up)

    There you have it, even in my darkest fears we still stay up. Hope you all see it that way…

  • Quazi

    Feb 20, 2008 at 8:40 AM

    Comment #38

    Callum, none of our senior players know if they are leaving for sure. Well…except for…? Alan Smith? I wish. KK is so ignorant. lets bring Kewell to tyneside if N’zogbia leaves ay?

  • Toooooooooooooooooon

    Feb 20, 2008 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #39

    we going to lose this match…but the question is by how many goals?

  • thelongshanks

    Feb 20, 2008 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #40

    Chelsea after kalouda so thats the end of us getting him in the summer.


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