Kevin Has Real Fight On His Hands

After today’s rather humiliating defeat against Manchester United 5-1 at home it’s becoming clearer by the week that we may not be good enough.


Kevin Keegan – real fight on his hands this season

One of the things that was again noticeable in this game, is that when we down 2-0, just before the break, there were no players in the Newcastle side who showed any leadership or responsibility for the result.

Michael Owen is captain and he did his best up front with precious little service, and his leadership style is to lead by example. But once we get behind in these games we are just not seeing any positive reaction from the lads. They seem to half give up to what they may think is inevitable. It’s a lack of mental strength.

Some of our players today also looked pale reflections of the players they were, even before Christmas and we’re not sure what’s going on at the club, but something is seriously wrong somewhere on the playing side of things.

Keegan’s selection wasn’t any better than against Aston Villa and he again played Butt and Smith for the full game. Even when Andrew Carroll came on after 61 minutes, Kevin took off Joey Barton.

Keegan kept the fairly inept Smith on the field for the full 90 minutes. Young Carroll looked dangerous when he came on, and was reaching the high balls. Before that we were not winning any high balls in their penalty box. Indeed it was Andy’s knock down for Faye that got us the goal following a left wing corner.

That was probably the only bright thing coming out out this game – Carroll looked fresh, exciting and an aerial threat.

Players should be selected by Keegan based on their Newcastle performances, and not what they’ve done in the past. Mark Viduka didn’t even make the bench and yet Smith and Butt started – so something may be going on within the squad. We had both Ameobi and Carroll on the bench at the start, so what’s happened to Viduka? Keegan will at least need to address that in his press discussion after the game.

And poor Jose Enrique probably is packing his bags right now, because he didn’t even make it on the subs bench today. The writing seems to be on the wall for the young Spaniard.

But today was very sobering for Newcastle United Supporters, because there is a growing and frightening realization that we may not be good enough this season.

There’s no doubt that we have to concentrate completely on getting points on the board to ensure we are safe in the Premier league. That’s all that matters right now. For the world’s 14th richest football club this is a frightening situation to fins ourselves in.

If we survive then we need 7-8 top players coming in during the summer, and we can move out probably 5-6, from those we already have, who are just not good enough.

But we also must stick by the club as fans, as we are going through this nightmare season. The sooner it’s over or the sooner we are safe, the better we’ll sleep at night. Then we can really look forward to the side being strengthened big time in the summer.

It’s not good, but let’s keep patient and keep supporting the lads, and once we escape from any relegation threat we don’t want to ever be in this position again. The only way should be up from now on – well we hope so anyway. 😀

We would expect Mike, Chris and Kevin to ensure we get enough class players in during the summer, so we can again be near the top of the league. That would be a nice change indeed.

Comments very welcome.

39 comments so far

  • Matt Lacey

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #1

    If Butt and Smith play again next week, I think I’ll cry. And why on Earth was Enrique left out?

  • Obafan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #2

    The biggest mistake made this season was appointing KK as manager from a team that lacks of good tactics and spirit.

    KK knows very little about tactics and he looks at the names not at the performances. That is his biggest fight.

    KK, Butt and Smith were just seen in a Newcastle restaurant. Things all were very amusing, they were laughing, cause KK just assured them both that they will play every second till the end of the season.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Im gonna get pissed.

  • Dirt McGirt

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree Obafan hiring KK was a mistake. I don’t think we get any points in the league until April sadly. I also think Wise may finish the season in charge.

  • GP

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #5

    Obafan – Probably not far from the truth, Smith, Butt, Carr and Barton must be laughing themselves to sleep every night, while Enrique and Charlie plan their moves back to Spain and London respectively.

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #6

    Tom_Toon..way ahead of ya.

  • Zx

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #7

    Its very easy to criticize the team because they lost. However, I’m not going to do that. They tried and lost. I do hope they have given their best effort. We’ll win the next game, I’m saying this confidently.

  • Midd The Yid

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Wey Hey

    Wembley tomorrow I can’t wait.

    Don’t cry.

  • shirts

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #9

    Given: 5–why play when injured? Should have let Harper have the start. Selfish.
    Harper: 7–a few good saves but exposed by defense.
    Beye: 5–worked hard, skinned by Ronaldo
    Taylor: 4–When will we wake up and see he’s out of his depth? Works hard, but not good enough. Cacapa’s still better.
    Faye: 5–scored, but isn’t he better as a DM than center back?
    N’Zogbia: 4–not a left back, is he? Doesn’t seem to care anymore.
    Butt: 4–worked hard, but provides nothing in attack or even in defense anymore. Slow and old. Surely Faye is better here at DM
    Barton: 4–anonymous
    Milner: 5–Stop dribbling up your own arse, son. Learn to pass.
    Duff: 6–occasionally dangerous, better passer than Milner, but nobody to combine with through the middle of the park
    Smith: 4–Worked hard, as usual, but in what universe is he a better option than Viduka? Someone please kidnap him.
    Owen: 6–No service. What’s he supposed to do?
    Geremi: 5–What’s the point?
    Carrol: 5–no impact

    Well, are we going down or what?

    I don’t think Mike Ashley had a real plan for the club when he fired Fat Sam.

    Keegan–hero of the past. But why is he sticking with Sam’s choices? Maybe it’s too early to say, but my gut’s always told me Keegan was the wrong choice. I hope my gut’s wrong.

    But I think the emporer–Ashley–has no clothes other than that Smith Replica…

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #10

    don’t kid yourself zx, blackburn and sparky will whoop us. kk’s judgment is shocking. we all know it

  • mitch

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #11

    Smith Butt got to be dropped Carrol looked goodwhen he came on I hate the pundits though they worship manure utd I still think we will beat blackburn we have been on a bad run but it has been against top teams with the exception of boro and bolton. The players at the club with the exception of a few are shit we need to move on quick

  • GP

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #12

    Midd the Yidd – Careful or I’ll shove you in the oven. And I’m sure you’ll have fun at Wembley tomorrow – for about 5 minutes, and then Chelsea will score.

  • GP

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #13

    Shirts – Carrol had no impact? He knocked the ball down for our goal, smart guy.

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #14

    Given: 6–Couldn’t do much about the early goals, made a decent save in the first half. Keegan shouldn’t have played him though. But still, it’s just one of those things.
    Harper: 6-exposed by the defense, made a good save early on in the 2nd half. But was well beaten with the rest of the goals.
    Beye: 5–worked hard, Ronaldo turned him inside out and back again.
    Taylor: 4–Was a bit out of his depth.
    Faye: 5–scored, strong enough in the back, well compared to everyone else.
    N’Zogbia: 4–Not great, bad defending.
    Butt: 4–Provided nothing really.
    Barton: 4–I didn’t realize he was on the pitch.
    Milner: 5–Can’t pass to save his life
    Duff: 6–occasionally dangerous, put a few good balls in, that’s it.
    Smith: 4–I don’t know.
    Owen: 5–No service.
    Cacapa: 5-, did all right considering everything else.
    Carroll: 4-not the impact we wanted him to have.
    Geremi:4-?? Poor.

  • chris

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Totally Agree GP, Carroll looked good when he came on. Set the goal up and won a few balls in the air. Something Smith can’t do without giving away a free kick.
    Why did Given start if he wasn’t fit. Harper should have started, it was a waste of a substitution, please make sure he’s fit before he plays again.
    Butt and Barton were rubbish again.

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    Macca – why are you scoring Viduka and Enrique?

  • Kelvin Koogan

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #17

    And another thing. Duff was complete turd

  • chris

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Macca, Viduka and Enrique weren’t even on the bench, so to say they were poor is a bit disrespectful.

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Kelvin Koogan..

    Wopps didn’t realise I did..goes and changes it. That’s what happens when you copy and paste, don’t do it kids.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Just spilt cider down ma froont and on my sofa. Could this day get any worse?

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Tom_Toon. Ya well I’m rating players who didn’t even play..copying and pasting from a previous game is what I did and it’s slightly pathetic that I could LOL!!

    Oh, I should not have had that Heineken..I don’t even really like Heineken. But that’s what you get for not refilling my part of the fridge. Lots of empty bottles, I think I’ve found where the problem is though..they’re empty. Oh student life LOL!!

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Cider all the way but Magners is out of my price range sadly. I aint made of money.

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #23

    Tom Toon we compromise, we take what we get, find or We mix..wouldn’t recommend it, and when we manage to get to the offy it’s with change and I mean literally, behind the sofa change. You gotta love college life.
    So ya, Magners is a little out of my price range as well.

  • obamagiv

    Feb 23, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #24

    only oba can save us now….

  • Dragoner

    Feb 23, 2008 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #25

    i must say, i have really been impressed with owens work rate since being named captain, if we had a better team everywhere else he could probably be a decent striker again. still overrated though

  • Leo*

    Feb 23, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #26

    we have a massive fight on our hands! what are anyones thoughts on arsehead wenger saying what he is on motd! he is an idiot

  • Macca

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Leo..he withdrew his comments earlier, he said it was in the heat of the moment, which you can’t blame him for cause Eduardo’s career could well and truly be over. I think he can be excused for it in the circumstances.
    Not to mention the fact that he lost 3 points but like emotions were running really high.

  • ToonJon(PSN ID: jnufcuk)

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #28

    What really annoys me is everyone saying Milner cant pass but is it just me or can Nzogbia not pass.
    For wingers none of them can cross. Not only them two but the rest of our players cant cross or pass when they get in good positioins.

    Nzogbia cannot cross anymore and i duno why cause last season he could.

  • CJ

    Feb 23, 2008 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonjon- You say Zog can’t pass anymore he is 21-22 year old it can’t just go like that the only way he could lose it that quick is if his foot had been amputated it would help if he was being played in the right position. Why not come on here and say Butt is passed it Barton dosn’t care Duff pulls out of challenges and is far to lighweight Taylor is the most overated player at the club and always makes mistakes instead of coming out with something stupid like Zog cannot pass anymore when he is the best palyer at the club.

  • Leo*

    Feb 24, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #30

    dont give, he said very harsh things, heat of the moment, it was over an hour after it happened, he surely didnt run from the pitch into the press room and splur it all out, later realise that he was wrong!

    he was told to say that by management of arsenal!!!

  • Macca

    Feb 24, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #31 ever say something in the heat of the moment? I have plenty of times. I can imagine that he’d still be very wound up after the match, the interview was less then an hour after the match. They dropped points in the title race, were harshly at the end of bad reffing that cost them 2 goals, the free wasn’t a free and the penalty wasn’t a penalty, and then on top of that all, one of their young players could well never play again, overwhelming emotions.
    How do you know he was told to say that by the management, proof?

  • Nicky Butt is crap!

    Feb 24, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #32

    what aload of utter shite. kk hasnt a clue… ameobi on the bench ahead of viduka??? enrique not starting at left back! UTTER WANK!
    lets just buy 22 new players in the summer and get mark hughes in the hot seat… an utter embarrassment and a disgrace!

  • marcus owen

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #33

    What can we talk anymore if KK still stick to some of the players he believe in. Big disappointment. Just like an idiot keep using the same method to hope for a different result.

  • Nicky Butt is crap!

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:15 AM

    Comment #34

    it doesnt take a rocket scientist to pickyour best team… viduka has atleast scored goals at the same time as being a little disapointing, smith hasnt scored once, smith starts but dukes doesnt even make the bench! i feel for enrique…. natural left back left out the squadand instead player a left winger in his position! and to make it worse if carr was fit you bet your bottom dollar keegan would have started him, which shows team selection atm is a joke!

  • Dragoner

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #35

    Macca i am with you 100% about the Eduardo situation, that was a disgraceful challenge and i feel martin taylor should be very disappointed with himself. I was watching that match, and just seeing the way the other players and staff were so horrified at the situation made me feel sick. that feeling of sickness was then reinforced when i watched it on MOTD tonight.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #36

    I remember when i used to wish cristiano would get seriously injured, but i take all of that back now. i wouldnt wish it on anyone.
    i hope Eduardo recovers well and does play again as he is/was shaping up to be another top talent in our premier league.

  • Dragoner

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:23 AM

    Comment #37

    Ed i think you should make an article about some of the dreadful tackles and injuries that have happened in the last couple seasons

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 24, 2008 at 1:29 AM

    Comment #38

    Eduardos career is over, ive seen bad tackles but that is the worst, the only tie ive seen something similar is in K1.

  • TooooooN

    Feb 24, 2008 at 6:04 AM

    Comment #39

    we need a new 15 players for nufc…seriously! we were defeated in all position


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