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Kevin Let The Players Do The Talking

9:30 am, Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

Kevin Keegan has talked to Newcastle World TV and said he didn’t have to say much in the half time team talk last Sunday, the players did it all for him.

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Kevin Keegan - let the players do the talking at half time

Newcastle had just equalized with a good Nicky Butt goal to make it one all just before the break, and when the players came into to the dressing room, they were telling each other they could win this game.

Keegan said that he was more than happy to let them talk for a few minutes as they realized they could win this game.

Kevin told Newcastle World TV:

“Nicky Butt’s goal did not change my half-time team-talk.” “But to be honest I did not speak for the first few minutes because the players did it all for me.”

“I just stood and listened as they spoke to each other, ‘Come on, we can do this’, ‘We are better than them’, ‘We are different class’.” “I just let it go on and then said to them you have said it all.”

“All I told them was that they will be disappointed to leave there with nothing because we were the better team with more to play for – we were playing for our lives.”

“We’ve got some great leaders here and that showed on Sunday.”

It’s strange that the team struggled so much early, on when you consider the way the team has been playing since the Blackburn game, with only a couple of poor performance in there, which was the second half at Liverpool and the first half at Birmingham,.

But apart from those two bad halves, the team has otherwise played at a high standard going forward all the time.
This all looks so good for next season because Kevin has molded a strong team from the players he has, and with another 4 or 5 top players in during the summer, our squad will be so much better. It doesn’t look like we need too many new players and remember, we have a lot of the youngsters coming though for next season too.

Things are certainly starting to look up – but we also need to win as many of the last 6 games as we can – starting on Saturday against Reading.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Whitey // Apr 2, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Great to hear that the lads are each taking a leadership role on and off the field. Hearing this meakes me believe that there is great team spirit. King Kev must of got the morale up, Something Allardyce wouldn’t of done.

  • 2 Leo // Apr 2, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    yep, i cant wait for kadar to come through, having only seen him play once i think he could be great for us in the future, still young so i wouldnt risk him this season i would wait till mid next season or get him on loan at a championship club to get experience

    win win really

  • 3 I AM OBAFEMI MARTINS // Apr 2, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    we have a old squad if you think about the players that started that game: beye 30,faye 30, butt 33, geremi 29. viduka 32 and there is players who dont start aswell duff 29, carr 31, diatta 32, cacapa 31 we need new younger players

  • 4 Nick Dryden // Apr 2, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    I think the youngsters are the way to go. I can’t believe that Dawson is 8M better than Edgar or Lennon 10M better than Lua Lua. I think Pandev at 24 could be a clever signing, but no journeymen like Riise etc please. Just need to try and recoup some money on Smith and the jury (excuse the pun) is still out on Barton as he has picked up of late.

  • 5 Beasty // Apr 2, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Fasten your seatbelts, coz we’re takin’ OFF!




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