Kevin Keegan thinks that one more victory should see Newcastle safe this season, and Keegan admits his side are now looking up, rather than over their shoulders.
Kevin Keegan – coaching of the squad starting to pay off
Kevin said after the game this afternoon:
“We’re not safe yet, no, we’re definitely not safe yet,” “But this means we can start looking up the table now. We could even catch Spurs up. Three weeks ago people would have said that was ridiculous but not now.â€
“We’ve got a good squad here, and we shouldn’t be where we are in the table but the players are doing something about it,”
Newcastle were a joy to watch this afternoon and were looking to attack at every opportunity. Kevin joked about maybe playing more than three up front as he continued:
“We had three up front today and I might even put a couple more forwards in next time.”“This is the right way for us to play for the minute. Just trying to defend and hang onto things puts more pressure on us as a team,”
“If anything, our defenders know they can perhaps concede a goal in the knowledge that we’ve still got enough goals in us to win a match. Confidence comes from results.â€
â€The turning point for us was the defeat by Blackburn a few weeks ago because the lads knew if we played like that regularly then we wouldn’t have any problems in this league.”
“We could have had seven or eight goals, and you don’t get many games where you’re 4-1 up at Spurs with five minutes to go so you’ve got to make sure you enjoy it.â€
“If we can add to the squad in the summer things could get quite exciting. We don’t need an awful lot to set us alight. The players would welcome two or three new signings in the summer but they’ll have to be very good players to fit in here.”
We’d still like to see around 5 new players in the summer, but Kevin is also starting to bring the very best out of the squad he inherited from Sam Allardyce.
That’s what a good coach does, and there’s no doubt Kevin is one of the best. He’s also demonstrated his faith in the Newcastle players, even when they seemed to let him down on numerous occasions.
But Kevin never doubted their ability, unlike some of us and it certainly seems to be paying off over the last 3 games or so for him.
We haven’t had much to celebrate lately, so the second half today was just a tremendous performance from the lads.