Confidence Is So Important In Football

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:

“Games like Sunday’s are what the fans love, and it’s nice to play so well, but that’s not going to be every game.”

“It just happened that everything went right for us at White Hart Lane. We’ve played games when nothing has gone right for us.”

“Confidence zaps out of you and nobody wants the ball. No-one is trying the simple pass or doing the things that make goals.”

“Sunday 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.”

Nicky’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.

Nicky continued:

“That’s our job – we’ve got to do the ugly side.” “We have got to keep possession and then give it to the players who get paid to score goals,”

“I 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.”

“When you see players like Michael, Oba and Viduka playing with confidence, you know they will cause any team problems.”

“We are backing them up, letting them do their thing.”

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.

5 comments so far

  • elfer

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #1

    personally I would be relieved if we manage to stay away as high as possible from the relegation zone – I remember myself really worried some weeks ago, so let’s do not see it to overrated yet.

    we need solid new additions in summer and then we can start to earn the fruits!

  • ScottyT

    Apr 3, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    ‘We were never able to make that formation work, for whatever reason, under Sam Allardyce’ – the reason for this is because fat sam used midfielders in the 433. milner on the left and think it was martins on right. now we are playing 3 strikers in the 433 with 1 player (owen) behind the 2 normal strikers and its working well as its more attacking and when on form great to watch i have to say.

    also said this a few weeks ago but nicky butt was probably our best player last season along with milner and earlier in the season when a lot of people on here were giving him a lot of stick i have to say i thort it was a little undeserved at times.

    good to see him performing his job well again and people taking note of it.

  • clinta

    Apr 4, 2008 at 2:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Its good to hear some sbering, grounded words from nicky who I thinks been fantastic for most of the year, not just the past few matches where people have started heaping him with praise.

    Well confidence is at an al time high again even KK has issued a few big comments, but i’m not sure well be beating a team by 7 come the end of the season ed?

    I’d take a few wins and the rest draws for me.

    That said I’d love to be at st james’ on saturday what a day it should be? anyone know a cheap flight out of china to newcastle for the day?

  • Leo

    Apr 4, 2008 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #4

    its going to be good to see newcastle on friday, since owen has been doing the whole AMF i have only been able to see clips of it, i didnt watch for it against fulham so i will be keeping my eyes peeled for the new micky tomorrow

  • hanzemre

    Apr 4, 2008 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #5

    lately this Newcastle United have been great to watched with confidence flying high & flair attacking style. Keep it up & soon the whole world’d love to watch our lads playing football. Howay the NUFC!


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