Newcastle’s display on Saturday disappointed everybody connected to Newcastle United, including Keegan, the players and the fans. So what can we do about this terrible lack of form over the last two months?
Kevin Keegan – players lack self confidence
Kevin told the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œI think they lack confidence because of results. The self-belief is there, but maybe at the moment theyâ€™re just struggling to find that last bit that you need to make a half-chance into a goal or a difficult pass to be successful.”
“You see moments out there where you think, â€˜Go on, itâ€™s worth having a chanceâ€™, and they pull out of that. If youâ€™re confident, youâ€™re not scared of giving the ball away.â€â€œA few of them are scared of giving the ball away at the minute and are scared of making mistakes, but that will change with a win. Our next game is Blackburn. Itâ€™s a big game for us and itâ€™s here and, while it wonâ€™t be easy, itâ€™s our next opportunity to turn our season around.â€
â€œI still think this is a very good squad of players, so I donâ€™t mind being judged by what happens with them. Iâ€™ve got a very good squad, but what I have to do is get them playing better together and get them a little bit of confidence from somewhere.â€
Kevin and the staff have to somehow turn this around, and instill some confidence and pride into the players. But there’s only so much Kevin and his staff can do and the rest is up to the players. It’s all very well to say they lack confidence because of our terrible streak, but nevertheless they are professionals, and they have to somehow snap out of it. That’s part of their job.
â€œThere isnâ€™t a desperation to get this season over with, but we know we have to get to 40 points or somewhere like that, and then we can look at how we can improve things.”
â€œThere are different stages to this club at the moment; one is staying in the Premier League, which weâ€™re not yet sure to do unless we get the points, and then you start to think about what you need to set this place alight. Itâ€™s not going to be eight, nine or 10 players, weâ€™ve got some very good players here, but we need two or three (more) to spark us off.â€™â€™
It looks like Kevin remains confident about the quality he has in the squad, but it’s really hard to see that based on the performance on Saturday, when Manchester United were better than us in everything in the game. But as he says maybe it’s just the confidence missing.
But Kevin is sticking by his players as any good manager does, but the players are letting themselves down. Hopefully they can start repaying Keegan’s confidence in them, with a result on Saturday. To say we desperately need points is a huge understatement right now.
What do you think?
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