Kevin Keeganâ€™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 weâ€™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 Saturdayâ€™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 Englandâ€™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 isnâ€™t the best striker in the world we donâ€™t know who is â€“ his goal last night was sublime â€“ this player in just fantastic. To think we apparently had him lined up for Newcastle in case the Owen transfer didnâ€™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:
â€œIt was a blow, but weâ€™ve still got to go and win football matches.â€â€œIf weâ€™re going to rely on goal difference, that really is the last stage.â€
â€œWeâ€™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).â€
â€œThat 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.â€
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.