Keegan’s Team Selection Monday Was Inspired

Kevin Keegan has talked today about why he changed the team around for Monday night’s game at Birmingham.


Mark Viduka – good shift on Monday, and showed fighting qualities 😀

Kevin Keegan has talked to Miles Starworth of the Sheilds Gazzette about his team selection for Monday:

“I wanted to put a team out that had a goal threat in it.”“I obviously had Mark Viduka back, and I thought he was superb considering he hadn’t played for nine weeks. He gave us a focal point, and allowed Michael Owen to come off him.”

“I thought he did very well, and not just because of his goal. His awareness and ability to keep the ball were tremendous.” “Obafemi Martins was another goal threat. He’s capable of spectacular things. He’s got pace, and that frightens people.”

“I thought we’d have a lot of stability behind those three, giving them a platform to win the game. The second half was more how I envisaged it.”

There’s no doubt there was more success than failure in what Kevin tried to do on Monday, and isn’t it refreshing to see such an attacking side away from home.

Kevin will start another attacking side against Fulham, and we really need an early goal to get the crowd behind the lads, and maybe we can get a few goals on the board.

But make no mistake, the Newcastle faithful can play a massive part on Saturday to help the boys get all 3 points and raise some of the depression hanging over the Tyne. We can also down a few Newcastle Brown Ale’s on Saturday night.

We fully agree with Kevin about Viduka, he looked good especially after being out for so long.

Seems Mark’s been reading our articles that claim he doesn’t care a hoot about the team. 😀

Mark showed fight and not a little skill on Monday night and we’ll be delighted if Mark begins to deliver the goods for us and prove us wrong. This is not a personal thing, we just want our team to do well – and survive.

Come to think of it where’s Emre?

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • GM

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Emre for me needs to be in the team ahead of barton, he cant pass for toffees, if he’s not fit then zog in the middle. I thought geremi had a decent game (for a change) although i would take him off corners as he couldnbt get the ball off the ground so would start with the same formation and team with the above change for barton.

  • tdt

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #2

    ye where is emre anyway? a convincing win on satrday… or even a scrappy 1-0 own-goal win on satrday, will be fantastic! points are the main objective, as long as we get them, i dont mind how we get them. same style as monday please Kev, but i agree GM, let barton practice his passing b4 he’s allowed on the teamsheet, swap im 4 n’zog. sub the tiring viduka for emre (if e’s about) or duff after 60-70 mins, roll on the happy days 🙂

  • M

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #3

    I agree with that team also, barton out, zoggy in

  • Hammy

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #4

    This was probably what fans wanted when KK took charge, a team which looked capable of scoring goals, but due to ANC and injuries or the persistance to stick with underperforming players this hasn’t happened.
    Butt’s had a lot of stick and rightly so but looked a much better player without Smith alongside him, Barton looks to be the weakest link, I don’t know if it’s his impending court case that’s affecting his form but he looks slow and his distribution isn’t the greatest.
    I’d be tempted to pop in either Lua Lua or Troisi,
    you’d get a 90 minute pacey lung busting display which would hopefully rub off on the senior pro’s.
    I only watched the second half against Brum but did anybody else think they were watching a practice match at times???

  • James

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #5

    Emre is out until April 5th. So is Milner.

  • Spitfire

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:40 PM

    Comment #6

    I was delighted to see Kevins team for last Monday’s game and have been advocating for a while ( to anyone who would listen) that we needed to play all three main strikers together as soon as they were all available. When you are desperate for goals you have to play people who will score for you. I thought Martins was v good once he drifted into the middle from his wide left starting position and really made the difference. We could have won had he stayed on. Feeling quite optimistic about Saturday now…. but then again I was against Blackburn too. Still hard to see us getting away from the threatened pack though

  • joe

    Mar 19, 2008 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #7

    im coming to sjp all the way from portsmouth on sat so they better put on a show

  • tdt

    Mar 19, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #8


  • faustino

    Mar 19, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Howay! There is a slight difference in playing a team who are 19th in the league and are six points behind even us and playing Blackburn!!! But even the Blackburn game we we’re fairly sharp. And you have to remember Birmingham have a fantastic home record and held Arsenal in a very similar game to ours.

    I predict we will see a team hitting some form this weekend and atleast 2 goals scored by our lot. The question is can the 2 stooges in the centre, at the back put in a 90 min performance of even half merit.

  • Stami

    Mar 19, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #10

    i didnt think Viduka was that good to be honest! he was too slow to think on the ball, didnt lay it off quick enough. all the characteristics of someone who is NOT match fit… think he should have a few games in the reserves before stepping back into the 1st team! Young Andy CARROLL on the other hand, should have started way ahead of Viduka! that kid really needs a 1st team run!!!


  • steve k

    Mar 19, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #11


  • ab

    Mar 19, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #12

    Let’s hope Fulham don’t put up a blockade and frustrate our front line.
    With the teams in their respective positions and our confidence fragile that’s what I’d do as the Fulham manager – be sure not to allow an early goal and as confidence fades/crowd gets on the teams back hit us on the counter.
    The crowd may be crucial in this game – if Fulham frustrate us we need to keep behind the team, not pass on our own frustration.

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 19, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #13

    i know martins shot was 84mph, but anyone know what the record is for shot speed?


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