Nicky Butt has been playing very well under Kevin Keegan.
Nicky Butt – shown excellent leadership qualities
Not only has Nicky played very well but he is showing leadership on the field, from his many key games for Manchester United.
Nicky talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œGames like Sundayâ€™s are what the fans love, and itâ€™s nice to play so well, but thatâ€™s not going to be every game.â€
â€œIt just happened that everything went right for us at White Hart Lane. Weâ€™ve played games when nothing has gone right for us.â€
â€œConfidence zaps out of you and nobody wants the ball. No-one is trying the simple pass or doing the things that make goals.â€
â€œSunday was the other side of the coin. Everybody was confident on the ball, everybody was trying to make opportunities for the forwards, and that comes with confidence.â€
Nickyâ€™s main job in the past three games has been to provide a solid platform for the front attacking three of Mark Viduka, Michael Owen and Obafemi Martins.
In fact the midfield three of Nicky, Joey Barton and Geremi have shown how a 4-3-3 formation should be played. We were never able to make that formation work, for whatever reason, under Sam Allardyce. But the team seems to have taken to it naturally under Kevin.
â€œThatâ€™s our job â€“ weâ€™ve got to do the ugly side.â€ â€œWe have got to keep possession and then give it to the players who get paid to score goals,â€
â€œI am happy doing that, and I know Joey Barton is. I know Joey has had a lot of critics this year, but he has come good in the last few games.â€
â€œWhen you see players like Michael, Oba and Viduka playing with confidence, you know they will cause any team problems.â€
â€œWe are backing them up, letting them do their thing.â€
In a way it will be a very good test for Newcastle against the Reading side on Saturday. Three wins on the trot will be good indeed and we do expect the lads to go all out for goals and the win. The way our front three have been playing and the way we have been carving out the chances is just great to watch.
Before the end of the season some team is going to get hit by Newcastle on that day when we accept most of our chances. Even though we scored four on Sunday we still missed a good few chances, and managed to hit the cross-bar and the post in the process.
When we put in 90% of our chances that’s when the team will score six or seven and completely rout the other team. We’re just waiting for that game.
Maybe not against Reading but that game is on it’s way, believe us.
What do you think? Comments welcome.