There were a lot of positives to take from the game yesterday, not least of which was the spirit each and every player showed throughout the 90 minutes.
Michael Owen – missed chances but was also unlucky
Having just watched the game again on TV for a 3rd time â€“ we played with great spirit and on any other day would have scored at least 3 goals. We were unlucky, but if we keep playing like this then lady luck will reward us for the playersâ€™ courage, which was there for all to see yesterday.
The game yesterday was not unlike the Keegan days of old – the only difference different was that we would have scored 3-4 goals in the old days – but the goals will come, make no mistake about that.Â Â 😀
Newcastle captain Michael Owen, who missed more than most yesterday had this to say after the game:
“It doesn’t get any easier, going away to Anfield, but if we can play like that, we have got a chance.â€“After Liverpool, we have got some games which are going to be vitally important against teams who are in and around us, so if we can take that performance and build on it.â€
“We have played well under the new manager in spells, but that is the first game where we have really played well for the whole game, so we will take the positives out of that.”
“It was a cruel end. We had plenty of chances, myself being the main culprit. “I probably had more chances in that game then I have in the last 10, so it is frustrating not to get one and frustrating not to get at least a draw. We deserved to win.â€
“But there are positives even though we are nearer the relegation zone now and we have lost another game.â€ “Everyone was far happier after this game than they have been after the last couple of games.â€
“After Manchester United and Aston Villa, there really was little to take out of the game, but on Saturday, we played really well and I blame myself for not converting any.”
Those are good and true words from Michael, and it’s good that he fesses up to his missed chances. But the good thing is he got into position well for the chances and with any luck at all would have had at least a couple. And the team is now starting to carve out the chances and there must have been at least 8 decent chances to score during yesterday’s game. That’s very good on the creativity side.
One positive thing about the run in this season is that each of our remaining games is on the weekend, so Kevin Keegan and his staff have a full week to prepare for each game. We certainly saw a massive improvement yesterday and we created a multitude of chances – which was good to see. But we’ll also have to put those chances home, but we’ll do that if we keep playing like we did yesterday.
The way the team is playing is now showing the Keegan blueprint. We are always looking to attack and that really helps our defense out. They were not under too much pressure yesterday, and played quite well.
Steve Harper in particular was extremely reliable at the back, and looks much more comfortable than Given with those crosses, which he handled well yesterday.
Liverpool are a little dodgy in the league this season, and we if we play like we did yesterday, weâ€™ll give them a game.
You just never know what might happen – and we need points.
Keep the Faith!