Kevin Keegan is obviously relieved after his first win on Saturday, but he realized the pressure is not yet off the club.
Kevin Keegan – Owen and Butt two key players
Kevin spoke to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œWhilst the win doesnâ€™t mean weâ€™re out of danger it takes the pressure off everyone at the club,â€
â€œThe playersâ€™ abilities have been questioned and my ability as a manager has been questioned but thatâ€™s what you lay yourself open to if you donâ€™t get results. Weâ€™ve still got a lot of work to do, but it was just a feeling of relief after waiting for so long for that win.â€
â€œI see Michael Owen and Nicky Butt as two key players. You donâ€™t want one leader when you go out onto the pitch. I always say to two or three of them that they have to lead.â€
Well, both Owen and Butt had very good games on Saturday, and really looked the part. Michael was just excellent in his new position as a withdrawn striker and hardly put a pass astray, and he also showed great vision as he stroked the ball about nicely. And he still managed to put away one of his two chances in the game. 😀
And what was so pleasing on Saturday is the team kept their shape throughout the game, and played some very nice football to get themselves out of trouble. If this is a new beginning at Newcastle, then Saturday looked very good indeed, because it was a big improvement over recent displays, and the football was so entertaining.
â€œWeâ€™ve got some young guys and weâ€™ve got some players who have never played in the Premier League before. Weâ€™ve got a left-back from Spain, Jose Enrique, who did well there, but this is a different league.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve got a right-back, Habib Beye, who has played a lot of games in France, but this is different. So you look at your Nicky Butts, Michael Owens and Alan Smiths, who know the Premier League and you try and use their experience to help the others.â€
We think Enrique is coming along very nicely and Beye was his usual strong self and indeed Abdoulaye Faye was a tower of strength at the back on Saturday, especially in the air.
So it was a good performance all around really, with not one player letting the side down – an excellent display by the lads when it really mattered.
We now need more of that on Sunday at Tottenham.