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Keegan – We Were On A Different Planet To Spurs

12:03 pm, Tuesday, April 1st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 31 Comments

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.

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Kevin Keegan – a win is all we needed


Keegan talked about the morale of his squad today:

“We’ve got a good spirit around the place, to be fair to the players, and that’s a credit to them.” “They 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.”

“Once you get your confidence back, players who looked a half a yard off the pace, look a yard ahead of it.” “That what’s you saw on Sunday at White Hart Lane.”

“We really were on a different planet to Spurs.”

We’ve got to give Kevin credit, because he’s been saying a win is all the team needed for a while now. We just didn’t believe it. :D

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 – 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 that’s just exactly what Kevin is planning.

Comments welcome.



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31 responses so far ↓

  • 1 John // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:07 PM

    Keegan is a complete Legend . Imagine where our club would be if he did’nt leave when he did so many years ago.

    Im so glad he’s back as he know’s exactly what type off football is acceptable for TOON sopporters.

    Were in the same bracket as Barcelona sopporters. They only accept a certain style of play and that Enternaining football..

    Soon we’ll be better than barcelona under the KINg :)

  • 2 Chris F // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    er, i think you need to come down a bit in your expectations there, John, you’re getting a bit carried away, son!

  • 3 Jim // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    “Soon we’ll be better than barcelona under the KINg”

    Don’t you just love April Fools Day and blind optimism!

  • 4 John // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:32 PM

    Lads im enjoying the times were having at the moment that’s all..

    Don’t take it too serious

  • 5 spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Aaron Lennon being linked with us, Zoggy wants to go to Tottenham, if we are going to lose him we should at least get Lennon in return. That way Milner could have a more central role that i feel he is better in AND we could splash the cash on a left winger who might actually wants to play for us. I say LW/RW/LB/RB Adriano from Sevilla or Vicente Sanchez from Schalke…

  • 6 Leo // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    im already looking forward to saterday now. haha. how sad eh

  • 7 malaysian youngster // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:47 PM

    solano could play better if replace geremi

  • 8 AndyW // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:49 PM

    It was a good display on Sunday, no question and hopefully we’ll see a few more before the end of the season as Ed says. However there’s only the bare bones of a squad for next season at St James’ at the minute so I think KK will have to do all this great work all over again with lots of new faces. Viduka and Owen are injury prone and getting older. Butt is getting on a bit, Duff – who knows, Emre – who knows, Barton – probably the nick, N’Zogbia to Spurs, Given possibly knackered, Milner to Villa, Geremi – squad player at best, Taylor too stupid, Enrique Ok but needs to develop, Martins, Beye and Faye are probably the nucleus of decent players to build a squad around, plus the youngsters (Edgar, Lua Lua, Carroll, Ngo Baheng etc)

  • 9 John // Apr 1, 2008 at 12:54 PM

    andy, pritty negative comment there mate. I think completely the opposite…

    I think the players with confidence are excellent. I think do need more quality on tyop but i’d say if we got 4 to 5 players in the summer we would have a really competitive squad which could cope with injuries .

    Not sure if id agree with your owen comment aboput being injury prone , He’s looked amazingly fit in recent weeks..

  • 10 A geordiedoonsooth // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    AndyW does the W stand for W*nker because that’s what you are. I think we will have a very good season next season & maybe the one after we will win something. I think Owen will still be there and taylor will be in the FULL Engalnd squad. I think your the one that’s stupid

  • 11 m. // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    remember 4 months ago when GRAEME W**KER SOUNESS offered himself to manage Newcastle again?? yeah, we’re definitely in another planet today :D

  • 12 hanzemre // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:45 PM

    Just make do with players we have now as it seems to work so well. Remember the saying of ‘Don’t change the winning formation/system’. Roll on the happy days ahead.

  • 13 Egar // Apr 1, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Well said hanzemre. Sunday’s inspiring display is almost an artform. Just need to cater a bit more for the unexpected like injury and also as alternative gambits to suit the flow against different oppositions. Can’t afford to end stale and predictable.

  • 14 steve // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:01 PM

    To be fair to AndyW, we were all pretty much saying the same a month ago – however 4 games later and with the confidence coming back they look like different players!

    The look on Vidukas and Owens faces when they came off was class and said it all they were grinning from ear to ear – class

    Looking forward to Reading game on Sat and expecting a win though they’re fighting to stay up so will be a tough game.

  • 15 Stami - PLAY CARROLL // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    AndyW:
    Confidence breeds confidence. put a few new faces in a team that is motivated and they will quickly find their form. so in answer to your negative comment Andy, i see what you are saying, and maybe under another Manager you could be right, but not this time mate! Next season we will be high in spirit and confidence and a feared team in the Premiership!

  • 16 Egar // Apr 1, 2008 at 2:15 PM

    The players have come of age. No more bratish demeanor when subbed. No one player is more important than the team. Tis good fortune being a NUFC fan.

  • 17 CRAIGG // Apr 1, 2008 at 3:05 PM

    Egar i think its maybe because most of them are trying harder,
    Does anyone remember that Boro fan that came on here and said watch Vidukas performance level rise at the end of the season, Well im watching and im seeing what he means,
    Guys like Geremi who was about to be sold in the summer, which meant going to another club on less money and miraculously starts turning it on, A lot of them would still be out for me at least 7 or 8 and if we keep some of these losers we will be back here next season.

  • 18 Matt Lacey // Apr 1, 2008 at 3:13 PM

    I have to agree with AndyW somewhat – the current squad should certainly be seen as something to build on for next year. With Keegan in charge, confidence breeds success but it’s almost naive of us to think that because of this win against Spurs, this squad alone can be a force to be reckoned with next season. In fairness to Spurs, I felt they could have posed us real problems and they never did, aside from their goal – we shouldn’t expect that every other team will cave in like that if we pile on the same pressure.

    One of the massive problems with this squad still is depth, Enrique has no cover or competition, I still think our midfield is lacking, and we still can’t be sure of the consistency of Viduka and the fitness of Owen (even if he may be past these niggling injuries).

    It’s clear we need several signings in the summer, but I think we can and should take the opportunity to really improve the squad – it’s the only way in which we’ve got a chance of ever becoming title challengers again!

  • 19 DC Magpie // Apr 1, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Please no more being linked with other team’s rejects.

    Lennon – No thanks
    Brown, Silvestre – Nope
    Reyes – same again
    Gudjohnson – rather not
    Bridge – NOOO!

    I want players where their clubs are desperate to keep them not selling them to the highest bidder.

  • 20 Macca // Apr 1, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    It was a great win and all but it’s Tuesday the game was a few days ago. I think we can get over it now, I don’t why he’s still going on about it, the last thing that we want to happen is to go in and get beaten by Reading.

  • 21 belfast toon // Apr 1, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Good comments matt lacey i think we need to rebuild big time if we want to consider ourselves “a big club” .You can bet the top four, spurs,villa and pompey are going too improve in the summer. i think a lot of you’s are getting carried away

  • 22 scott 9 // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    dc magpie u woudnt want lennon r u mad hes qaulity n any it donr matter cause we wunt hav a chance anyway

  • 23 autibo // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:16 PM

    Regarding possible replacements…

    Butt is getting too old and should be backup next season, and I’m still not sure Geremi’s good enough to get us into Europe – I’d like to see Lucho Gonzalez (Porto), Stephan Mbia (Rennes), Annan (Somewhere in Norway…?), Nasri (Marseille), Veloso & Moutinho of Sporting, Toulalan (Lyon) and maybe even Ribery in our sights for the summer!! Not sure how many of these we could get but all great players.

    Also I think Ashton could be an ideal replacement for Viduka, as would Huntelaar of Ajax or Amauri of Palermo

    I’m also still of the opinion we need a top centre-half to play with Faye or Taylor and I’d love to see Garay of Racing Santander in our back-four. The lad’s truly outstanding and apparently has a buyout clause of around 10m. Kompany would be a class alternative if we can’t get Garay.

    Anyone else any ideas of who they’d like to see in B&W next season…?

    EE-EI-EE-EI-EE-EI-OH……

  • 24 Tom_Toon // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Lennon is poor. Rather have a donkey with a stick up its arse.

  • 25 Reillers // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    I agree that we need to freshen up a wee bit and bring in a few players. But we don’t have the money, well reputation, to bring in that many players. We’ve two excellent keepers, we’ve a hell of a player in Martins, we will see so much more from him if he’s supported and developed well. I’m not the biggest fan of Owen, I think he’s overrated just a wee bit. I think the fans overrate him as well, even when you look at the reactions when he scores on here and in the media especially because he’s English. But you know we’ve know one better up front, he’s scored a goal or two and once he scores I’ll get over it.
    Our defense it’s well, our defense it needs to get fixed up a bit. Our midfield is a bit of a debacle, it worked well in the last match but we need a spark in it, we need a some pace in our squad, maybe out on the wings, which we don’t really have.
    A few good buys would be great in the summer but lets not go crazy our squad isn’t big enough to ship out a truck load of players. If Keegan plays his cards right in the summer we should have a much stronger squad come next season.

  • 26 Spyro // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:39 PM

    Lennon is not poor, he has had a bad season, thats it, with the right guidance he would be class

  • 27 Lasse // Apr 1, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    autibo, post 23:

    Annan plays for Stabæk in Norway, but is owned by Start who got relegated to the norwegian “championship.”
    Annan hasnt impressed while in Norway, but he sure did well in the ACN. Not sure if hes good enough for us.

  • 28 Steve_48 // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:20 PM

    I’m disappointed to hear when young players such as Zog are “wantaway” what are his advisers doing to make him realise that Newcastle next season will be the place to be?

    Ok let’s now get carried away here minimum top 10 ideal top 6 place next season to start rewarding Ashley and Mort with their faith in the players, team and transfer kitty; surely his agent should be advising him of this?

    The problem with his advisors is they’re in it for themselves and not the player as well all know. It’ll be sad to see Zog leave [if he does] as he could have a bright future; the problem is he’s not showing the Gaffer what he can be and the lack of commitment is not the order of the day, while the agent is whispering transfer rubbish which he’s clearly listening to.

  • 29 Leo // Apr 1, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    charles nzogbia will be hear next season im sure of it. he has been unsettled but he will not move on… he will repay the faith

    he was apparntly at the reserves game yesterday so he obviously cares

  • 30 Football Betting King // Apr 1, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    You’ve got to love the blind optimism that KK brings (finally) to St James’.

    One good result and suddenly we’re “on a different planet”..!

    Well it was just about the first good performance of the season, and our relegation fears seem to over, so why not eh?

    But in the sober light of day, and when the hangover kicks in, lets just remember that we’re still crap, and there’s a long, long, long way to go

  • 31 Reb // Apr 1, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Quote from Reillers — “I’m not the biggest fan of Owen, I think he’s overrated just a wee bit. I think the fans overrate him as well, even when you look at the reactions when he scores on here and in the media especially because he’s English. But you know we’ve know one better up front, he’s scored a goal or two and once he scores I’ll get over it.”

    Interestingly, Owen’s recent plaudits have been because of his ability in the midfield, while still scoring goals yes, but I think primarily because of his adaptability and willingness to play as the club needs him to do, not as he is most accustomed to playing. I think they’ve been well-earned, as well. He’s looked right class of late, and he’s clearly enjoying the football again these last couple matches. I don’t think he’s over-rated at all, in fact, I think his change into midfield may show that he is actually under-rated as a footballer. Not too many “off the shoulder” strikers can drop to play midfield, and while he’s hardly going to trouble Gerrard or the likes for top man in that position, he’s been solid the last two matches and a very integral part of the new formation (imo, the lynchpin of it). He’s scored 9 goals now with seven in the league — makes him top scorer in both league (tied for that) and overall, is back in the Actim Top 100 (despite his bad fitness record over the season his points are beginning to add up again) and has been a great captain as well. At this point, I think it’s hard to over-rate the effect his transformation seems to be having on the club. I just can’t see anyone else at the club doing his job any better, or even as well, as he’s done. Credit to the lad for surprising even those of us who’ve been long-time fans.




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