Keegan Pushing His Players Hard

Damien Duff talked to the Official Newcastle United Web Site, and admitted that Kevin Keegan has been pushing hard the Newcastle United squad in training, since the pathetic demolition that was the Aston Villa game.


Damien Duff – Keegan has pushed them hard in training – good

Keegan rightly said after the Villa game that they were running out of excuses, and he was so right.

Duff said:

“It has been hard work – we have been pushed all the way by the gaffer,”

“We haven’t forgotten what happened when we played them away.”

“We went in at 0-0 at Old Trafford at half-time, which isn’t a bad achievement for most teams.” “But we know what happened after that.”

“We’ve had a good two weeks to work on things and produce some quality.”

Those catastrophic collapses against the Red devils and Villa have more to do with the mind than just skill and ability. And we have to start thinking that we have too many players who are not mentally strong enough for the Premier league. Hopefully Kevin will identify those players and move them out in the summer.

We’d also like to see some of the youngsters given their chance before the end of the season.

David Edgar, Tamas Kadar, Andrew Carroll and Kazenga Lua Lua are four who should be given an opportunity in the first team, and wouldn’t let the side down. There’s that old adage – if they’re good enough they’re old enough, and if we are clear of relegation it would seem a real opportunity to blood some of our outstanding youngsters before the end of the season.

The senior players haven’t been able to get the job done so why not try the youngsters?

What do you think?

Let us know – comments very welcome.

7 comments so far

  • dsr

    Feb 19, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #1

    couldnt agree more on both counts. youngsters definitely deserve a chance – if a front 2 of carroll and martins could cause problems for juve, they can certainly cut it against wigan/fulham etc surely?
    And totally agree, the most depressing thing about this season has been our pathetic performance in almost every 2nd half. Does anyone else start to sweat straight after 1/2 time? Surely no other team concedes so mayn quick 46th/47th minute goals, and surely few collapse the way we do in the 2nd half. For a team supposedly seeing the benefits of Sams awesome fitness programme we are like a non league team on FA Cup duty – unable to last 90 mins. I dont know why this is, but it is good if KK has picked up on it.

  • Ausgeordie

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #2

    Duff would be the only one who wants him to stay

    As for the rest of the team

    Given hasnt been in form and Harper needs to be given a solid go or one of the young lads needs to come in.

    Beye is great and deserves his first team place without question. Faye is the other performer so far and one has to think maybe Edger and Kadar do deserve a go if they are playing well. We never hear of an Enrique injury so one can only assume he has not been deemed ready despite looking decent whenever he has played. You dont get a nickname, let alone one like the bull if your not good though.

    Our mids are a sham and its tempting to get rid of Duff and Barton purely for their lack of discpiline off field and the inability to live within the rules of the law. Butt and Smith well I’m with evey other fan – get rid of them. Zogbia can be our Gerrard and Emre our Alonso (sorry to use those analogies but they work). We need better quality wingers. SWP on the right. Tim Cahill would complete a special midfield with both Zog and Emre able to push out left.

    Owen is hitting form and lets face it good when he has opportunities and he is not injured. Hard to say of he is worth keeping as I dont have to pay his bills. Martins should be encouraged to kick the crap out of the ball more often ala his goal against tottenham on the left foot last season and work on the first touch. Up front Carroll looks one for the future with his height and strength. Why buy Crouch when we have him? Viduka can score some great goals and saved our bacon against Derby twice but he is either not the player he once was.I think so much of the English game comes down to the first touch because of the speed and intensity. Sadly we have lacked all three for much of the season.

    SWP, Cahill and a forward with a good first touch and we’d be set to go.

    2 years from now with minimum spending and possible if we have a good finish next year

    SWP/lua lua..Cahill….Zogbia…….Emre

  • nightfall

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #3

    Ausgeordie – not bad, but emre’s too slow for a winger and we defenitly need a DMC or box-to-box player…sbd. like carrick, vieira, poulsen,…the thing is our midfield looses too many balls and wins almost noone…

  • UTD111

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    This “get clear of relegation” mullarkey – lets do that first eh? Starting with giving the scum a hammering this weekend :o)

  • daniel

    Feb 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #5

    did you say minimum spending?? ^o)
    SWP 21 million ring a bell
    plus Chelsea would not sell now and i doubt he would come!

  • Graeme

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #6

    The only thing that stands between Newcastle signing top players or not, is Mike Ashley.

    He chose not to spend earlier because it wasnt “his man” in charge. Well, thats all changed.

    If his ambition for the club was demonstrated by his first choice of manager (‘arry redcrap) then we will be going nowhere.

    He now has his own man in charge, he has his own back ups in place on the management side and scouting. Now its up to him to demonstrate where he wants this club to go and what level he wants it to play at.

    John Hall, Fat Freddy both put their money into the playing staff, now its MA’s chance to show exactly where he’s taking us. The summer is where its all at now – the future.

  • Graeme

    Feb 20, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #7

    As for Man Ure, presumably anything less than a 5-0 thrashing has to be an improvement, but a fighting draw would be a much better result. Cant even think about getting 3 points as much as i would “love it, just love it” if we beat them.


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