Keegan Banking On Home Wins

Kevin Keegan’s man management skills will be in great demand as we play the last 11 games of the season.


Kevin Keegan – home wins against Fulham, Sunderland and Reading?

Only in a couple of games have the players looked completely motivated and ready for the fight. The best we’ve seen from them since Kevin arrived was against Blackburn Rovers, where they looked a completely different team from the previous weeks.

Kevin is relying on the home fixtures against Fulham, Reading and Sunderland as being the key to survival. But of course we have to try to win other matches too, because too much reliance on these home games will backfire should we fail to win any one of them, which is more than likely, unless we improve a lot.

After Saturday’s latest capitulation against high-flying Liverpool it was good to see the Reds playing extremely well against Inter-Milan last night. They showed just how dominant English teams are with the 4 we were able to enter, all making it to the last eight.

So we know we were up against one of the best teams in Europe last Saturday, and Birmingham are hardly in the same class, but there again neither are we.

Four English teams in the last 8 probably upsets UEFA President Michel Platini, since he has the cheek to try to reduce England’s quota to just 3 teams. No chance Michel!

It just shows how dominant the Premier League is, and how much better it has become than the Spanish and Italian leagues. And Liverpool were the better team – again – last night against Inter.

If Fernando Torres isn’t the best striker in the world we don’t know who is – his goal last night was sublime – this player in just fantastic. To think we apparently had him lined up for Newcastle in case the Owen transfer didn’t go through in August, 2005.

Kevin spoke to the Evening Chronicle today about the effects of the Liverpool defeat and the overall poor performance from his side:

“It was a blow, but we’ve still got to go and win football matches.”“If we’re going to rely on goal difference, that really is the last stage.”

“We’ve got games coming up that we can win, providing we show the spirit we showed against Blackburn, and the first 40 minutes (at Anfield).”

“That sort of endeavor, hard work and discipline, and a little bit more invention, will keep us in this division. That is what we want to do.”

We’ll see which team turns up on Monday night. We’re hoping it will be a team ready to do battle, show courage and show some form too.

If we wave white flags again we’ll be furious, so we hope for the positive side of this, and all 3 points. 😀

What a relief that will be.

25 comments so far

  • James

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    KK – Continue to play Butt and Smith and we will be relegated.

    We cannot be expected to win games when we start each game with 9 men

    Show the fans you mean business and kick them both out of the team

  • jimmer

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #2

    windy isnt it

  • dougnufc

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    Not only we are going for Cisse, but it seems like we are interested in Diego and Samir Nasri…

  • richard

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    yes it is

  • Graham

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #5

    a bit nippy out too

  • Graham

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #6

    I see the mackems are after Smith for £4m….. lets all club together for the additional £2m that we paid for him just so Ashley isnt tempted to keep a hold of him. I’ll even drive him into the land of the 7 toed sock myself!

  • Rich

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #7

    Doug- il thnk of that when we stay up mate!! Otherwise we will be going for slightly less known names to say the least!!

  • Rich

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Graham – id take 4 million who cares about the other 2, what a relief that would be!!

  • thelongshanks

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #9





    Would love to see this team start on monday,wishful thinking though.

  • Graham

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #10

    Rich we could use the other £2m to pay for Viduka’s pasties if he promises to put in decent back to back performances

  • steve k

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #11

    My missus has a great pastry recipe ready for Mrs. The Duke on the condition her husband scores on Monday night.

  • Davies

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #12

    How about if we all club in and buy Butt, Smith, Barton and Viduka?

    I don’t want Viduka round mine though, I couldn’t afford to feed him as well.

  • Eric

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #13

    Will Viduka score with his missus or for NUFC on Monday night? It is not quite clear. And as for the Mackems being interested in Smith? Now that is proof he’s shite! Pity Barton has not been arrested in Brum – that means KK will pick him. Oh woe.

  • Davies

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #14

    I don’t want Barton round mine either.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #15

    please king kev get rid of smith and start with oba on monday night for heavens sake even a blind man can see we need oba on from the start

  • nufctj

    Mar 12, 2008 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #16

    All KK really has to do is drop Smith and replace him with Martins and we’ll be good for 3 points against B-City. Quite simple really.

  • Davies

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #17

    Owen Carroll
    Duff Emre Zog (apparently Milner won’t make it)
    Enrique Faye Diatta (or Edgar) Beye


  • Dave

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:23 PM

    Comment #18

    Beye Edgar Taylor Enrique
    Lua Lua Zog
    Carroll Martins

  • scott9

    Mar 12, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #19

    nor will emre davies

  • doc

    Mar 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #20


    I like your line up

    I just looked at the fixtures and it looks to me like Bolton have the hardest run in, sad to say want wigan to beat them on saturday and then if man city can do them at their place I cant see bolton getting another point all season

    3 home wins for us and thats that

    fingers crossed etc

  • doc

    Mar 12, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21

    sorry Dave’s line up

  • daiv

    Mar 12, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #22

    Ramage is not good enough. But he is better than Smith. If KK continues to pick Smith, we deserve to get relegated and KK deserves no money when he gets the sack. £5M a year for three years = £15M. Thats a lot of money even for MA to pay KK after 4 months. KKs laughing all the way to the bank. Dont pity him if we get relegated. Pity me, you and all true NUFC fans.

  • Leo

    Mar 12, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #23

    dougnufc. nasri and diego are massively confident on nufc’s part, if they think they can get them, good luck to us.

  • hanzemre

    Mar 12, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    KK pease drop Smith & Butt & start with Martins-Owen with Carroll ready to come after an hour. i prefer Geremi/Faye with Barton in the centre if Emre is still unavailable.

  • IrishMan

    Mar 12, 2008 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #25

    Ed, nine games left, not 11.


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