Keegan – We Were Too Eager For All 3 Points

The Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan talked today about the eagerness of his team to get all 3 points yesterday – and it probably cost the Newcastle side a point.


Kevin Keegan – we were probably too eager to get all 3 points

Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan talked about the game yesterday:

“We had a desire to get forward. We’ve got a point and we’ve got a corner but we’ve been caught out on the break.”“Whilst you can criticize them for it in some ways, you would be disappointed if they didn’t try to get a win out of it. But we’ve got caught.”

“I don’t think it was naivety. I just think that in their willingness to try and win a game we didn’t set up for the corner very well, and got caught.”

“It was genuineness in trying to win a game that caught us out. And while we are disappointed, we don’t want to be too hard on them.”

“When you lose a game you know you should have won it’s very disappointing – but we will pick them up and turn them around.”

Asked is this was one of the most dangerous positions the Newcastle club have found themselves in over the last 10 years Kevin said:

“I guess it must be.” “We’ve got the players and the know-how to get out of it.”

“We’ve got to get around 40 points to stay up in this division, 37 perhaps, though I’m not so sure about that. We are not safe by any means.”

It looks like it’s going down to the wire, but what Kevin and the boys have to do is to keep their spirits up, and our luck will turn around. As long as we go out and try to win each and every game through the end of the season, we should be OK.

There’s still 30 points at stake, and we only need about 12 of those to be safe.

Comments very welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Andy1

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #1

    I’m glad we are trying to win matches but sometimes you should just accept the point. And this is most definitely the time of the season to do that. We’re not safe and I think it will go right down to the last games. We could really regret throwing that point away let alone not getting all three. The games against Fulham and Reading and Sunderland at home are must wins because the rest of the fixtures are tough. We might have a chance of scraping a couple of draws but away against Pompey, Spurs, Everton, West Ham, Liverpool look really difficult. Away to Birmingham I’d look for a draw at least – but we can’t lose that one.

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Comment #2

    We should get those 12 and more. If we can’t beat Birmingham, Fulham and Reading in these last games then we don’t deserve to stay up. I can also see us (or hope to?) beat West Ham and Tottenham (they won a cup but aren’t that far ahead in the league) and get something off Portsmouth.

    The game against the Mackems? I don’t care about the points just want to beat them! 🙂

  • Andy1

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I think Spurs away might be the best chance of a win. They are the only team in the league that have nothing to play for at this stage. Birmingham smashed them and their defence is about as poor as ours if King and Woodgate aren’t in there.

  • jordi

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #4

    @Andy1: C’mon would you really have played for a draw when we were so close to winning?
    With points as valuable as they are we should be trying to get the maximum from the games we can surely?

    It’s easy now to say we should’ve settled but we were whiskers away from all 3 points and to sit back and invite them onto our defence is not something I’d risk to be honest.
    I’m glad we went for the kill but sickened we were caught out but at least we played well and I take great comfort in that.

  • Steeley

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #5

    Another woeful, woeful performance from Barton yesterday – when will everyone else wake up and smell the coffee. He is SH!T footballer and needs to be shipped out, and certainly dropped immediately otherwise he will surely contribute to our relegation. Playing with him is like playing with 10 men, and it isnt helping. It isnt helping at all.

  • Kash

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Is there any transfer news in the Sunday Sun?

  • Robert from Serbia

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Barton was a class yesterday !!!

  • piman

    Mar 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #8

    I missed the game yesterday, sounds like we gave them a good go but was Barton crap or class?????

  • Big AL

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #9

    Barton was aufull for most of the game although to be fair he did setup owne twice.
    This was the best performance ive seen from the lads in a while and we proberbly created more chances in this game than in all of our last 6, before this game i was worried that we were not creating chances, now i just hope we can start converting them.
    hopefully if we keep playing well like we did yesturday we will get that elusive win and confidence will flood back into the team.

  • micepie

    Mar 2, 2008 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #10

    I can see what Kevin is saying but I’m glad we are least trying for all 3 points – because it’s something that we seemingly weren’t trying to do sometimes under Sam.

    By the way, looking at Bolton’s fixtures that could yet save us! If they lose to Liverpool today (it’ll probably be a draw though) they have matches like Arsenal and Man Utd still to come.


    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #11



    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    barton was shit

  • Gallowgate Channel

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #13

    I’m not the biggest Barton fan either and would have preferred NZog in midfield – but to be fair to Barton he did put 2 golden chances for Mikey Owen on a plate…….

  • Doctapaul

    Mar 2, 2008 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Barton showed two glimpses of his passing ability yesterday. Superb.

    Now he has to add movement, energy and his disruptive influence.

    Well done Nicky Butt, for a good display both in the breaking down Blackburn’s midfield and the excellent move and cross to Owen’s head (who could/should have had a hat trick).

    Credit to Smith for 100% commitment again and making 2 good scoring chances. As KK said earlier tho commitment is not enough and easy as it is to say in hindsight p’raps Carroll would have been the smarter choice.

    If we play like that consistently (and fix our concentration in defence) we’ll win 3 home games and hopefully pick up a couple of points elsewhere.

    The moaners and groaners should remain quiet now. We don’t need it.

  • Gallowgate Channel

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #15

    A lot of people say we’ve got a hard run in – but if you look at the fixtures left for Reading, Bolton, Birmingham and Sunderland (who I think are the other competitors for the 3rd bottom spot) theirs aren’t any easier – and there are games where they play each other.
    Bolton and Birmingham in particular have tough games – although McLeish is an excellent manager and is turning Brum around.
    Its all to play for.

  • Micky Toon

    Mar 2, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #16

    We have an easy run in and we should avoid relegation, but Keegan in charge is still a joke.

    I’ll still be behind the team, including the manager, as I was with BSA, but I’d rather we had someone who actually knew what they were doing in charge.

  • micepie

    Mar 2, 2008 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Micky Toon, though this forum is for voicing opinions you should still keep those about KK to yourself and get your support behind him, because Kevin w;ll be in charge for some time – at least another season (Premiership or otherwise).

    At times (not always, yet) it looks as if Kevin is injecting a lot more motivation and inspiration into the team but perhaps he just needs someone like Hughton to say “look, boss, I don’t think it’s working with Smith right now,” or…whaetver really, just someone bold enough to add some second opinions.

  • ronaldeano

    Mar 2, 2008 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #18



    Before KK’s contract is up, we will be top 6, if not top 4. KEEP THE FOOKIN FAITH LAD’S. ITS GOIN TO HAPPEN. Let’s have patience with KK. NEVER lose the faith. NUFC die hard’s NEVER lose faith! We WILL be great again, 100%, NEVER lose faith!!

    Cant wait to see KK’s team next season

    HOWAY THE LAD’S!!!!!!!

  • petworth magpie

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #19

    You guys might not like to admit it but Barton was excellent against Blackburn. Not just his two passes for Owen (three if you include the one that landed to Duff) he demonstrated good passing throughout.

    Milner was the best I’ve seen all season. He had his crossing boots on and almost got a goal.

    Butt was also good and that hurts me to say. (I’d still replace him in the summer!)

    Duff was the weakest link. He is ineffective, too slow, and his freekicks were woeful.

    I admire his work rate but, like Smith, he lacks any bite!

    Looks like Oba is gonna have a hard time fitting in KK’s team despite his big new contract. Smells of upstairs.

  • Sandy McNair

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #20

    “Whilst you can criticize them for it in some ways, you would be disappointed if they didn’t try to get a win out of it. But we’ve got caught.”

    I thought KK was a man-manager? Dont slag off your players when the defeat is your fault!!!!

    The players went to far forward and KK was responsible. If it was me I would have been screaming for 2 defenders on the 1/2 way line. There was non and KK is to blame for that lost point.

    We want to shase and attack for all points at home, but KK threw this point away. Otherwise fantasic and very unlucky:)

  • JakartaDean

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #21

    Well, look at the odds. If we play six games against equal teams, and go for a draw in all six, we’ll average six points. If we play for a win, we’ll average three wins and three losses — nine points. The math doesn’t show why we should play for a draw. Ever.

  • Micky Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #22

    Micepice, I appreciate what you are saying, so the same should apply to the players, should it not?

    If the players aren’t performing then they are derided on here, so the same should apply at all levels of the club, right up to Ashley, via the team manager and coaches.

  • Stamford Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #23

    Keegan should have made sure that we had defenders back to cover any counter attack by Blackburn. It is no good him saying that they were too eager for a point. He was there to give instruction and has opted out of that resposibility. It was not either go for goal or defend, we should be able to do both. We needed the one point not a defeat. Bad management I would say.

  • Sandy McNair

    Mar 3, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #24

    He was there to give instruction and has opted out of that resposibility. My point exactly Stamford Toon.

    I hope he learns for that as I firmly belive that keagan is the best manager for Newcastle for the next few years atleast!


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