The morale of the team under Sam Allardyce was said to be rock-bottom which eventually led to his sacking, but we think it was more the way Sam wanted Newcastle to play that led to his dismissal, although our results were not too great either.
Kevin Keegan – a win is all we needed
Keegan talked about the morale of his squad today:
â€œWeâ€™ve got a good spirit around the place, to be fair to the players, and thatâ€™s a credit to them.â€ â€œThey keep getting knocked, but they keep bouncing back, and we knew it was only a matter of time before we got a couple of results and our confidence back.â€
â€œOnce you get your confidence back, players who looked a half a yard off the pace, look a yard ahead of it.â€ â€œThat whatâ€™s you saw on Sunday at White Hart Lane.â€
â€œWe really were on a different planet to Spurs.â€
Weâ€™ve got to give Kevin credit, because heâ€™s been saying a win is all the team needed for a while now. We just didn’t believe it.
While it took a long time to come last week against Fulham, in a critical relegation struggle, Kevin was proved right with the next display being the best of the season on Sunday â€“ easily the best of the season. It’s a long time since we saw a Newcastle team so dominant and on top in the second half against Spurs. Make no mistake – Spurs were a demoralized and routed side at the end of that game.
We cannot wait now for the Reading game on Saturday but the lads will need to keep it up, and they will have a chance to put on a great display in front of the home fans, who deserve one or two brilliant displays before the end of a terribly disappointing season.
We think thatâ€™s just exactly what Kevin is planning.