The game yesterday was a welcome change for Newcastle fans, in that the team played the Keegan way and attacked Blackburn from the start and should have been a couple of goals up at half time.
Michael Owen – could have had a hat trick
The main culprit with the misses was Michael Owen, of all people, who could easily have had a hat trick yesterday, but it was not to be, and Newcastle went down to their 3rd successive league defeat and 8th defeat in the last 11 league games.
Manager Kevin Keegan said after the game:
“Michael came straight into the dressing room, put his hands up and said, ‘sorry guys, I should have scored.â€ “But he won’t go hiding, that’s for sure. He puts himself up there, gets himself into positions and on another day he could have had a hat-trick.â€
“But today (Saturday), it wasn’t to be. He is a top-quality player and a great finisher, but today, he put his hands up and said he should have scored a few goals.â€
“At least today, we created chances for him, and that’s something we haven’t done,” “We created a bit more and you know on another day, it will end up in goals in the back of the net.”
“Football can be cruel. I thought we played some really good stuff.” “We should have come in at half-time at least two goals to the good, and we created another four or five chances in the second-half.”
“But amazingly, through a combination of sometimes not finishing off great moves and very good goalkeeping from Brad Friedel, they kept in it.â€
“That’s bad enough, 0-0, but to go and then pinch at the end 1-0 was a real body blow for us and something I don’t think the players deserved – in fact, I know they didn’t deserve it.”
We’ve got to admit we were crushed after the game. But in retrospect there’s so many good things that we can take out of the game – if not any points, which is really what we all wanted.
The main thing is the players played with courage and conviction and attacked from the start. Yes, we missed many chances but faint heart never won fair lady – and if we continue to go out and think we can win every game from now on – strange things can happen and our luck will turn around.
We just have to keep playing like yesterday, and there are not many goalkeepers as good as Brad Friedel these days in the Premier League.
We just have to remain upbeat – however difficult that seems to be at the moment.