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Keegan Needs Good Game Plan Sunday

2:04 pm, Friday, March 28th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 12 Comments

Kevin Keegan will no doubt be having several long discussions with Chris Hughton before our game on Sunday with Tottenham on which is the best way to get a win at White Hart Lane.

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Oba Martins – will be looking to score on Sunday

Chris has looked to us to be a good coach since joining us a few weeks ago and he’s nothing if not enthusiastic in the way he goes about the job.

We would expect Kevin to field an unchanged side for the third game running on Sunday, since the team has shown good form and with our three strikers up front we pose a threat to any team these days.

Mark Viduka looked just great last Saturday but he will have to keep up this form and not have a day off when he seems uninterested in the game. Michael Owen and Oba Martins will both be looking for goals, and we hope the defense can have a good strong day, because Spurs’ attack can be very dangerous indeed.

Oba Martins will be making his 50th Premier League start for the club, so that probably deserves a goal, doesn’t it?   :D

Oba will be very keen to get another goal since he hasn’t scored since December and will no doubt remember the fantastic goal he scored there in 2007, which is still talked about. That’s the one that flew in at 84 mph.

It will be interesting to see if Damien Duff makes an appearance as a substitute on Sunday. If Damien cannot break into the 16 players for these games soon, it is looking rather ominous that he may be sent packing this summer.

Kevin will be going all out to bring 5-6 very good players to the club in the summer, with the help of our Recruitment team, and wingers who can create the chances for our front men, will be among them.

Some of our players will also need to be shipped out and Damien has to be in danger of being one of them right now.

What do you think?

Comments very welcome.



Tags: Mark Viduka · Michael Owen · Newcastle News · Obafemi Martins



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12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 James // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    KK : Show me quality and committment to the Geordie cause. Anyone who doesn’t will be gone.

    Hence the following absences :

    Shola
    Duff
    Rozenhal
    Carr
    Cacapa
    NZogbia

  • 2 ELFER // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    nonsense, don’t agree that damien will be shipped out!! Why?? He only recovered from a career threatening injury and he WILL be back, that’s for sure!

    But it’s fantastic to play with our 3 strikers up front and never change a winning team! So KK does it all right at the moment – but this doesn’t meant that DUFF hasn’t got a role to play next year! I still think he will!

  • 3 Matt Lacey // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:16 PM

    Our defence are going to have to have a very good game indeed, because Keane and Berbatov is basically the best attacking partnership in the league! The midfield is going to have to be strong in breaking up Spurs’ play and creating chances, and hopefully Martins can weave some of the same magic he did last time round.

    Unfortunately though, if Tottenham have a good game, I don’t see that we’re going to stand much chance :(

  • 4 ObaFan2 // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:22 PM

    Matt Lacey, I agree to a point about Spurs attack but Ronaldo/Rooney/Tevez and Torres/Gerrard are proving better in attack.

    Keane is the danger man as he will continually fight whereas Berbatov will sulk if things don’t go his way.

  • 5 CRAIGG // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    I think Duff will be out in the summer as well especially as all these reports about Reyes coming and Riise keeps cropping up (Sadly)

  • 6 Leo // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:27 PM

    dont mind the lineup i just want to see anothr committed performance from the team

    with at least two of oba owen or viduka in the team we should get a goal or two

  • 7 Macca // Mar 28, 2008 at 2:44 PM

    Good game plan, em, double up on Keane and Berbatov, well definitely Keane, he’ll keep on working for it till the end and is so dangerous when he has the ball, Berbatov will try to make something off other players hard work but it works so he’ll be a danger as well. Like we saw against Chelsea, we can’t afford to fall asleep to give him any space.

    Hell, you know, best game plan, mark tight, don’t concede any goals and score a few ourselves..simple. LOL!!

  • 8 scott9 // Mar 28, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    does anyone no if the game is on sky on monday

  • 9 Thomas // Mar 28, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    I imagine Duff is simply being rested, he was out for an extended period of time and you cant expect him to play game after game without worrying about burnout. He needs to regain his full fitness and match sharpness slowly.

  • 10 Tripp // Mar 28, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    We need to aggressively disrupt their midfield to shut off the delivery to their strikers. We also have to be sure to prevent slop around our box. If I recall, that’s how spurs got their late goals against Pompey. Berba and Keane didn’t get it done.

  • 11 Obafan // Mar 28, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Duff will come back; I also think he needed a little rest period, because IMO he never was 100% fully fit after his injury. He was thrown in the team one month to soon I think.

    For Sunday let us hope that whoever plays (cause how much we question the lineup, me too ;-) , we can’t change a thing about it) that they perform all very well and that they show the spirit to get a result. I think we can go away with the 3 points; I really do. We have got a boost after our first KK win and the players will have lots of confidence. The only thing that frightens me is Taylor / Faye who have to deal with Berbatov / Keane. Let us hope that Beye and Enrique support our central pair by any means and that Butt can continue his recent form, cause that is really needed!!!

    Upfront why not play Oba, Owen and Vid again; they showed they can play perfectly together and we need them to pressure the Spurs defence.

  • 12 yet_another_indian_toon // Mar 29, 2008 at 6:39 AM

    I expect Duke/Owen and Martins to score. Anything less than 2 goals will be a disappointment, spuds do have a leaky defence.




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