It finally came after 10 games in charge. Weâ€™ll not say it was worth waiting for, but the lads played very well this afternoon and fully deserved this important victory.
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Keegan told Sky Sports:
“It was a great result and it might stop people saying Newcastle have not won under Kevin Keegan,” “The pleasing thing was the way the players stuck together and it was a really good team performance.â€
“We showed good character, got the goal early on and possibly should have scored two or three more. When we had to dig in the players stuck together and that was one of the things the players have been criticized about in the past.â€
“I felt there was a good spirit around the place and we just needed a win to endorse that.â€ “It was thoroughly deserved and I don’t think anybody at Fulham could say any different.”
“We deserved to win this game and we played some really good football in the telling areas.” .”The crowd today (a sellout) really stood by us, they were fantastic as they nearly always are,”
“These players are lucky that in such a season it would have been so easy to go the other way as a big club like ourselves shouldn’t be fighting relegation.”
“I think the players now realize what it takes to get out of the bottom and they have been led by Michael Owen, who has been absolutely superb not just for his goals, but also his leadership on the field.â€
“He has worked, foraged, played in a couple of different positions against different teams, but he has never questioned anything – he is a great team player.”
We have to agree with those comments on Owen, since he seems to have come of age at the club.
Certainly since Kevin came you cannot question Michael’s work rate at all. He’s worked his socks off for the club and of course has started to score the goals again.
Overall a great performance an an excellent win. It’s hard in a game like this to pick out individuals, because our strength was our team work and team spirit. And again the class is starting to show through again.
But we cannot relax until we are free of the relegation threat. We must keep collecting points, starting at Spurs next weekend.