Manager Kevin Keegan has said the experience and leadership of Michael Owen, Nicky Butt and Geremi have been key to knitting the Newcastle team together in the last few games.
Geremi – helped to knit the team together with his experience
Kevin was talking initially about Nicky Butt, but then mentioned both Michael and Geremi as the experienced players who have stepped up to the plate in recent weeks, and played really well when it was most needed.
â€œWhat you get with Nicky is leadership and experience. Heâ€™s been there, done it and that is an assurance almost. When you see him in your team and you talk to him, youâ€™re not having to explain how the game is or whatâ€™s going to happen out there.”
â€œYouâ€™re more or less having a conversation with someone who knows whatâ€™s at stake. Heâ€™s been excellent. Heâ€™s like Michael Owen, heâ€™s not one of those who shouts or bawls.”
“But I see those two and Geremi, with all his contacts with the French guys, as the three players who have started to knit things together as a club.â€
We would also add a number of players to those three. Viduka has been great these last two games and Steve Harper in goal has been as steady as a rock. Faye has also been excellent although he was at fault for the Birmingham City goal.
We said a few weeks ago if we were to survive then some of our players would need to step forward, and certainly in the last two games many players have started to play at their best, which is great to see.
But we have to keep that form up tomorrow, since we still need a number of points to escape the relegation threat, which is still real.
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