Kevin Keeganâ€™s summation of last nightâ€™s game against Birmingham was as honest as ever.
Kevin Keegan – some good performances tonight 😀
Kevin thinks Newcastle just werenâ€™t good enough in the first half, but the second half some of the players stood up to be counted.
That was great to see and saved the game for the Magpies, and in the end, with a little bit of luck we could have shaded it. It was good to see the lads come fighting in the second half when all seemed lost.
Kevin Keegan said after the game:
“On chances second half you might think we might have gone on to win it but Maik Taylor’s made a great save from Michael Owen, and then Michael stuck one in,”
“First half, we weren’t good enough but we’ve stuck at it and at times [earlier in the season] we haven’t done that.â€Â “There were some really good performances in Newcastle shirts tonight.”
“I thought Geremi was outstanding and Butty [Nicky Butt] and Joey Barton in midfield. They gave us a bit of an engine room.â€ “They all put in a shift and if they keep doing that we’ll be all right.”
“We know we’ve got a win in us and our next game’s against Fulham at home so maybe that’s when it’ll be,”
We do think Geremi had a good game in the second half, and Butt had a good game, probably his best game in quite a while for Newcastle.
Joey Barton tried hard but he just hasnâ€™t produced the form he showed at Manchester City, but as Kevin says he put in a good shift, again in the second half. If anybody can get the best out of Joey itâ€™s Kevin Keegan.
Some good performances tonight, as the boys came back from the dead after half time, and showed great character – let’s give them great credit for that. Otherwise we would have been in big trouble tonight but for the fighting second half display.
We had several of our players stand up for the team in the second half. After Owen’s terrific opportunist goal, you could actually see some of the class in Newcastle just starting to show through.
This has to give the lads confidence that they’re much better than the league table suggests, and we should see a real show of out-and-out attack against Fulham on Saturday.
Don’t be surprised if we pop in a few against the Londoners, but we must also shore up our defense. Perhaps Diatta will get a run out, because Faye looked a bit dodgy against McFadden, especially in the first half.
But a good display from the boys and they should be given the credit they deserve. 😀
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