Newcastle Manager Keegan talked after the match and admitted the second goal conceded just before half time wasn’t good, but the third goal was the killer this afternoon against Manchester United.
Kevin Keegan - 3rd goal was the killer
In the second half the 3rd goal was always going to be crucial and we didn’t get it.
This is what Kevin Keegan said after the game today:
“We went in at half-time 2-0 down and you can only sit down your players and tell them the truth: that the next goal is crucial.â€“But Man United got the third goal and from that point on we didn’t give in and the players’ efforts were good, but the concentration and the confidence all kicked in.â€
“The goals were very poor goals first half. “If we’d kept it at 1-0 you can come in at half-time and you can say to the guys the truth: we’ve done very well in most parts of the game. But you come in at 2-0 and you’ve got to get that next goal – and we didn’t.”
“I still believe we’ve got a good group of players here. And a win will make them better players.â€ “I think the players are making the effort. They’ve got beaten 5-1 but Manchester United can do that to anybody. They beat Arsenal 4-0 and it could have been more just a week ago.â€
“They can do that – they’ve got players on the bench who could walk into any other Premier side.â€ “We mustn’t get carried away, even though it’s a bad defeat and 5-1 hurts.â€
“We stuck at it, whereas at Aston Villa I thought our heads went down. But I don’t think our heads went down tonight.â€ “In our honesty and our genuineness I think we made mistakes.”
This doesn’t make things any better for us as far as relegation goes, although 3 teams beneath us all lost today. Now we’ll need to get those 12 points from our 11 remaining games. We’ve now gone 10 league games without a win, and there are 7 defeats in that sequence of games, which has to be the worst run we’ve ever had in the Premier League Â Â
Hopefully we can start next week, when we are at home to Blackburn Rovers. They’re a good team but nowhere near as good as Manchester United – thank goodness.