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Lots of Big Games Ahead – Keegan

Kevin Keegan was philosophical after Newcastle’s cruel defeat against Blackburn Rovers today.


Kevin Keegan
– Blackburn in smash and grab raid

Keegan told Sky Sports after Newcastle’s defeat against Blackburn today:

“Incredible [the result] that’s football – it is a cruel game at times,” “I thought it was a magnificent performance. First half if we come in 2-0 or 3-0 up I don’t think anyone would have questioned it.”

“Second half we had four or five good chances, but if you don’t stick them away you can get punished.”   “We got caught with a sucker punch. Blackburn stole the three points today but that’s football.”

“This week training has been superb and they had taken that into the game today and I feel really sorry for them in there because they definitely did not deserve this.” “They have to pick themselves up and we have got to help pick them up and we have got to go to Anfield that is our next match,”

“We have got to face reality – we have a lot of big games to come but if players play like that today I don’t think we will have any problems, we will win more than we lose that’s for sure.”

“I thought we gave a really good account of ourselves, but at end of day we have got nothing for it.”  “We are a team that has not won in a while and confidence is low. That last-minute goal will not help but we will pick them up and dust them down and take them to Anfield.”

“Spirit is good, no doubt about that. They have done everything they can to win a football match and as manager I certainly cannot ask for any more than that.”

Newcastle are deep in trouble as far as relegation is concerned, and every game now must be played as a possible win since we need the points desperately.

We suppose that means trying to somehow get a win at Anfield, which may not be as impossible as it sounds, since Liverpool have themselves been a little dodgy this season.

But we need to get some points on the board because the teams beneath us are starting to catch us and we’re just 3 points above the drop zone.

Comments welcome.

67 comments so far

  • rem

    Mar 1, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #41

    Micheal, so last time we avoided relegation, and nearly won the league, that was just luck? incompetence?

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #42

    why do people keep stating facts from over ten years ago and try to compare them to todya…the game has changed

  • mikeygd

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #43

    dragoner y dont u go and play with the traffic

  • mikeygd

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #44

    michael y dont u go check on your wife, i believe she is with your brother.

  • mikeygd

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #45

    hadji y dont u go make us a curry


    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:37 PM

    Comment #46

    Dragoner did you watch today or not???
    We were fantastic
    barton and butt were also good
    Smith was shit but thats what weve come to expect
    the results will come against at home Fulham, Wigan and Sunderland maybe chelsea because of the timing of the fixture (Title race could be over by then)and Draws away against Brum and Maybe West Ham or Pompey who arent great at home better away.
    Soon we will have Emre, Viduka and a fully fit Martins and we will stay up no doubt

    please drop the Deschamps bollocks you sound stupid just like tom_toon saying Shittu would be our best defender bar Faye!!!

    Michael=Bell end
    I think that says it all


    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #47

    The reason Deschamps didnt get considered is because he hasnt done anything but if you want to believe he will be a “top manager in the next 5 years” than keep on believing son

    “Deschamps for newcastle manager”
    That even funnier

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:51 PM

    Comment #48

    no i tell you what would be funnier, go around the country and ask all the different football fans what is more likely, ‘deschamps being a hihgly rated manager within the next 5 years.’ or ‘Keegan to bring back the NUFC glory days’

    see what type of results you get you idiot, f**kin deluded fool, i say it all the time, you are a MINORITY, the rest of the worl sees the truth

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #49

    the word ‘fish bowl’ comes to mind

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:54 PM

    Comment #50

    carry on believeing what you do craigg, try and find some fans OTHER than NUFC who find th ekk appointment to be a smart one, f**kin deluded prat

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #51

    flippin deluded prats, you are COMPLETELY oblivious to what the rest of the world thinks

  • Dragoner

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:57 PM

    Comment #52

    mikeygd, you rascist prat, grow up

  • Momo

    Mar 1, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #53

    Lets face facts, we beat barnley in carling cup, liverpool lost to barnsley in fa cup, shows liverpool arent a huge game after all

  • Elliott

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:16 AM

    Comment #54

    People bring up those facts because Keegan was the last manager to seriously challenge for the league outside of Ferguson, Wenger and Mourinho, so really not much has changed, aside from Chelsea’s cash injection with regards to which managers are winning it.

    And the difference between us and Villa, Everton, Blackburn and Citeh is all those teams have pace in attack, pace and creativity in midfield, decent centerback pairings and managers in charge for more than 6 games.

    We were in the shit when Sam was in charge, the games against Derby (2), Wigan, Man City (2), Fulham, Sunderland, Portsmouth, Liverpool, Stoke etc were all excruciating. He drained all the confidence from the players, we couldn’t string 2 passes together. This is his squad of shite.

    Today was about the first time this season we’ve connected with a throughball. We played well today, we could and should have spanked them. Sure we need points but I’m happy with the way the team are trying to play, it’s coming.

    He’s not doing everything perfect, I admit. I still am completely baffled by Smith’s inclusions. I don’t get what he offers at all. At least he’s now playing Enrique and Faye. Hopefully Martins can give us another option in attack now we seem capable of creating chances.

    It’s gonna be tight. I’ve not seen all the fixtures but I’ve seen Bolton and Boro have some horrid games coming up. Obviously Fulham, Birmingham, Makems, Reading and West Ham are the crucial, winnable games, maybe Chelsea too depending on their circumstances.

    Keep the faith!

  • Michael

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #55

    Mikeygo: Well your girlfriend will make sufficient compensation. Anyway. People say we were fantastic yet we lost. That is the only important stat here.

    @Rem: No incompetence lost us the title. How many points were we ahead again??????

    Tell me.

  • mikeygd

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:22 AM

    Comment #56

    ellliot has got it word for word spot on right there

  • mikeygd

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #57

    michael are you a mackem in disguise?

  • Elliott

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #58

    Micheal, there is some substance in what you say about Keegan’s strategic failings. I would have hoped we’d bring in a decent defensive coach to work alongside him (not that Spurs muppet).

    But he’s not incompetent. We threw away a 12 point lead, but at least we had a 12 point lead. We lost the league due to 90 mins of fantastic goalkeeping from Schmiechel and a bit of wasteful finishing on Ferdy’s part.

    Keegan may not be a worldclass manager but he left us in a better state than we’ve ever been in, even Dalglish managed to steer Keegan’s squad to 2nd before he decimated it.

    And if he doesn’t quite do it again, at least the next manager who comes in will inherit a pacey, creative, free scoring team. Provided we give him time.

    I just want to enjoy watching the Toon again, and aside from the first Alkmaar game, I’ve not done that since Bobby, and Keegan.

  • John

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:32 AM

    Comment #59

    hold on, lets not get carried away, yes were in a slump but that was the best performance weve had in a while another day and we would have won easily.The game made me sick but i dont think we will go down (were to good) all we have to do is win a couple of games.another thing F*** the media, pudits (lauro) and f*** that FAT wanker on fox football phone in on FSC!

  • Michael

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:41 AM

    Comment #60

    I am a Newcastle supporter merely pointing out the realities to you deluded bunch.

    All of you are fantasists, save Dragoner. You have to be a realist and honest. We are covering up our weak link because we love him so much. I admit, it would be special if Keegan partnered by Alan Shearer and Gazza Recovered and joined them to make a fantasy trio, jointly working to synergise Newcastle united, and win us the title in an unbeaten season akin to that of Arsenal, with Gorgeous football on display week in week out.

    Would bw our greatest dream, but sadly this is not going to happen and so is Keegans return going to be a success. Keegan only competed for the title once in his career, I am sorry but that is not good enough to declare him good. England and Man city spells exposed just how poor he really is. Yes he was very lucky at Newcastle.

    When he went to City he said it was the best club squad he had ever assembled, but what did he do? He performed such mediocrity he quit to save himself the embarrassment of being sacked.

    I have nothing against Keegan, I like the guy as a person but football wise he is nothing more than a pub pundit. No tactics

  • JakartaDean

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #61

    Pan: Thanks for the reminder. Good choice of poem.

    All: We’re not likely to go down. The teams below us did well yesterday. Shit happens. It seems very unlikely to me that they will continue to get more points than us, and for us to go down all but one or two of them have to get more than us. Statistically, not likely.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 2, 2008 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #62

    sure we can be realists with such performance like today (yesterday here) yeah we’ll be getting some points soon to survive from being relegated & progress futher in the future.Keep the faith!

  • Hadji

    Mar 2, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #63

    Mikeygd…Curry..yak,you got the wrong guy for that.
    How bout i stick your head in your arse to see if it fits.
    If you have something descent to say then say it otherwise take your sorry arse pathetic attitude somewhere else.

  • chappa

    Mar 2, 2008 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #64

    newcastle are gan down
    end ov!!!!
    the simply cannot play decent football :s

  • Dinko

    Mar 2, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #65

    We played good yesterday,but are you blind, Keegan isn’t good enough for premier league anymore. Sorry but he is big mistake.

  • Cyprus Mag

    Mar 2, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #66

    Pan, nice one, Kipling had something sensible to say about every situation-the antithesis of Micheal. If Kipling was around I guess he would be a KK fan

  • dopaz

    Mar 2, 2008 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #67

    bet half of you dont go to the match, if we get relagated you prob wont even support them, i will follow this club till i die even if we were in the confrence, if you have nothing supportive to say and back the club then kindly shut up and keep your negative comments to yourselves…….


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