Keegan – Point Won Or Two Points Lost?

It was a good result on Monday night at Birmingham, that was made even better when at half time it looked like we were going to slip to a 5th successive defeat.


Kevin Keegan – one point won?

But we were able to dig deep, and get a point, and with any luck could have won it in the last 20 minutes. But the lads produced when it really mattered, and we were able to come back from the dead.

Certainly Michael went close after 50 minutes and Oba had a good shot down low, also in the second half, but both times Birmingham’s in-form goalkeeper Maik Taylor made excellent saves, unfortunately for us.

Kevin said:

“I’ve come away with mixed emotions. I don’t know if it’s a good point or we’ve dropped two because we didn’t win the game. The performance in the second half was very encouraging for me. I think it’ll encourage the players.”“

In the dressing room there was a buzz about the place again, it was a game we should have won, but we’ll take that buzz into the game against Fulham.”

We think the best way to look at it is that it’s a very good away point. But we must now deliver the goods on Saturday with a win against Fulham. It happens that Fulham are coming off a great home win against Everton, but it’s more difficult playing in front of 50,000 passionate Geordies.

We saw glimpses of some good form from our lads in the second half, and they will have the platform to build on this on Saturday. But by 5pm we need all 3 points ands this time a draw will not be good enough.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 19, 2008 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #1

    im really looking forward to the fulham game, i think that the atmosphere is going to be rocking in the stadium.

  • Mson

    Mar 19, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #2

    was 2 points thrown away for me as he took Oba off, i would have taken off barton for zoggy

  • faustino

    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #3

    Barton was balls at passing and keeping the ball but he was putting in countless challenges which is what we needed. If we’d have had Zog, Viduka, Owen and Martins on the pitch we would have in effect become a 4-2-4 and got beat.

    Anyone who thinks otherwise has only seen the highlights. We we’re not in control of the game when he brought Charlie on; we still looked likely to concede.

    We’ve already lost points recently against Blackburn for not settling for, or at least keeping an eye on, the draw late on. We need points as well as wins!

  • Stamford Toon

    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree Barton off for Charles but would have liked to see Viduka off for Carroll. I think Martins and Owen would have more chances feeding off Andy and he is more likely to score than Viduka.

  • toonhitman

    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #5

    we would of won the game if we had of put in a good shift in the first half we were really good in the second half,just lets hope we put in a good 90 mins on saturday

  • Davies

    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #6

    Does nobody listen?

    The midfield needed shoring up, or we could easily have conceded again.

    Martins was probably not the wisest choice to remove, but I wonder what you’d all be saying if he’d got himself injured in the last ten minutes.

    I’m happy with a point for one very good reason:

    We conceded a goal and didn’t hang our heads. Instead, we came back and showed that going ahead against Newcastle United is not a guarantee of 3 points.

    Bring on Fulham.


    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #7

    Davies ive been trying to make the same point for two days now it was a tactical switch to keep the point and not risk losing it like the blackburn match.

    Viduka was our out man as big ron used to call them, IE can keep the ball and relieve the pressure he had to stay on as did the midfielders as we were going to 442 and then it was either owen or martins to go off owen scored oba didnt martins went off.

    end of story.


    Mar 19, 2008 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I know a lot of you will disagree with this, but i was looking at the league table earlier and i think the botton three will stay the same Boton, Fulham, and Derby.

    Then i had a look at our squad and i thought of the players tha kk will want to keep and i came up with this:


    So we will need 2 CBs, 1 LB, 1 DM, 1 RW, 1 AM, 1 LW and 1 CF

    This is without our youngsters, most of whom will probably go out of season long loans.

    I you look at the players from the bottom three i think that we could plug a few of the gaps in our squad:

    Bolton: Cahill and Diouf = £7m
    Fulham: Hangeland and Konchesky = £4m
    Derby: Barnes = £4m

    Diouf and Barnes can play about 4 positions.

    I would estimate all their combined values at about £15m

    KK has a £50m Transfer budget so Added to this would be as i read somewhere the other day KKs top targets are:

    Gomis = £9m (Reported i think cheaper)
    Carrick = £15m (If Man Utd sign Veloso)
    Downing = £10m (maybe part exchange shola and/or Duff)

    £49m Spent and maybe we would make some money back on player sales also all are realistic targets.

    So that would give us a squad like this :


    Not bad, Personally i would kick smith out first but i think KK will keep him.

  • steve

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #9

    Anyone who thinks we should have taken a midfielder off for Zogs is deluded, we had to shore up the midfield to stop Brum scoring, would probably have taken off Viduka instead of Martins but we have to look on this as a point gained with a stiring 2nd half performance. Barton and Butt were putting plenty of tackles in which was great although thier ball distribution was terrible, lets just spend 50 million on Fabregas and Carrick in the summer and we’ll be sorted ( persuading them to come may be more difficult 🙂 )

    @Craigg – realistic targets !! Carrick is the only one worth buying, the rest of them are sh!te

  • Bosck

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:22 PM

    Comment #10

    craigg some of those signings dont look to bad but from what i’ve heard hangeland has hardly been a massive success at fulham and is pretty mistake prone.


    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #11

    You cannot say downing is Sh*te his assist and goal record absolutely Pis*es on our wingers and great from set pieces which is exactly what we need looking at geremis efforts the other night.

    Diouf also is a fine crosser of the ball and scores a few as well playing wide right (of a 3)

    Barnes is a young lad who would have to wait kind of like Jenas when we first bought him but is a terrific talent.

    I think Cahill is an excellent defender with every attribute going and would be a top signing mark my words.

    I dont know much about Gomis but if KK is willing to spend 9m on him then he must be quality.

    Konchesky would be 2nd choice to Enrique as i think bringing in Bridge or Shorey would prompt enrique to want to leave. But Konchesky is a decent solid left back who again sets up a fair few.

    Bosck to be honest hangeland was an after thought because if Diatta does well then he may get a longer contract, But Cahill is a must if Bolton go down he will be an England captain in the future and Cappellos already watching him.

  • faustino

    Mar 19, 2008 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    I think transfer wise we need to be concentrating on where we desperately need players and I think we all know that at least 2 of Taylor, Feye, Rozehnal, Cacapa and Diatta will be gone in the summer aswell as 2 at least out of Barton, Butt, Emre, Milner and Geremi will be gone. On top of that I see either Smith and Viduka going along with Ameobi. Carr will also leave.

    So that by reckoning would be six to eight new signings of first team quality needed!

  • Stami - PLAY CARROLL

    Mar 19, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    nah i dont think Taylor will, or should leave. i do think we need another 2 strong cb’s at least to hustle for starting places! have not seen diatta yet, he might end up great! Enrique was awsome at LB on Monday. he controlled his side of the field all game! might have just gone un-noticed by alot of supporters! Milner MUST stay! a back up for him would be nice! Butt to stay as a squad player, same with Barton until he shows a bit of form! Lua Lua must come into the squad next season along with Carroll! Edgar at RB behind Faye or possibly a new signing! preferably someone more attacking and experienced than Faye! but Edgar to come into the squad soon!

    as for up front, well, our strikers can deliver the goods, but can our Midfield deliver to our strikers…! Oba as 1, Owen as 2 and Carroll as 3! Viduka can stay if he wants (with a PHAT wage decrease) as a squad player!

  • Whitt

    Mar 19, 2008 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #14

    are we really going to pay 4M for Barnes after he tore his cruciate and will be out 6-9 months? that puts him back in October at the EARLIEST…


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