Keegan has said he has seen improvements on the training ground in the last few weeks but those improvements have still to be transferred into real games.
Kevin Keegan – improvements on the training field
Keegan talked today about what it takes to be safe this season, and the fact that he’s seen some improvements in the squad:
“We need to get to 40 points. I think 40 will be enough, although I may be proved wrong even on that.â€“But we are just in the early stages of rebuilding here, and this instant quick-fix thing was never going to happen.”
“I have seen improvements on the training ground, definitely, but those improvements as yet have not gone on to the pitch – where it really matters.â€
“If we get the training up to the standard we need and the quality we need – and by that I mean competitive in the right way, a good spirit around the place, but games even in practice meaning something – then that will go on to the big pitch.â€
“My belief always had been, having been in football a lot of years as a player and then as a manager as well, that is usually the way it works.â€
“What happens out on the training ground, if it is not good, goes into the games – and if it is good, it goes into the games.”
But there seems to be good news on the injury front for Kevin, since Emre, Mark Viduka and Obafemi Martins all look to be available after recovering from their various injuries. Each of these players can give us something special, especially Emre, who we need for his creativity, which has been sadly missing these last several games. Shay Given will be out after yet another recurrence of his groin injury.
The crowd can be a 12th man tomorrow and we need the Newcastle faithful to support the lads throughout tomorrow’s important game.
“The crowd made a difference then, and they will make a difference now – as they always have at this football club.”
The team just has to start showing some improvement tomorrow, as time is starting to run out. With no wins in our last 10 league games and just 2 wins in the last 18 games we need a win badly, and that’s just one huge under-statement.