Since the game against Blackburn on 1st March Newcastle have played extremely well except for just two halfs of football. The second half against Liverpool and the first half against Birmingham.
Kevin Keegan – training methods showing big dividends
Apart from those two halfs Newcastle have played solid attacking football for the other eight halfs we’ve played during our last 5 games against Blackburn (h), Liverpool (a), Birmingham(a), Fulham(h) and Spurs(a), and we have a good 7 points to show for it.
In fact, if we can play good attacking football for the full 90 minutes it’s hard to see how most teams can match us, because we play at such a high tempo and seem to be able to maintain that quite easily over the full 90 minutes, due to the improved fitness of our players under Kevin Keegan.
And the football is so good to watch it makes a bit of a mockery of our poor position in the league – but we’re pragmatists and we got where we are due to some terrible play, and we just cannot forget that. We deserve to be where we are because we’ve played so badly in the past, and with such little confidence.
But the way the lads have been playing in the last 3 games is reminding Newcastle fans of the way Kevin Keegan always plays the game – to win and always has the team going forward.
It doesn’t matter if we play the bottom of the league team at home or the top of the league team away, Kevin sets his team out and sends them into battle for all 3 points – he goes after the win in every game. He’ll never send out a team to get all 11 behind the ball as soon as the game kicks off – and good for him. 😀
Kevin’s been criticized for that but he’s also garnered an awful lot of genuine respect from other managers and seems so very well liked and admired in the game.
We think that’s the way the game was meant to be played and it’s the way Brazil have always played the game, and they have long been the salvation of attacking football throughout the years, and are so admired in world football.
There’s just no doubt that if Newcastle continue to play the way we’ve been playing over the last few games, we’ll soon attract many more fans to the club, who will love to watch the open attacking way Newcastle play the game.
That’s exactly what owner Mike Ashlkey wants to see, and he’s now getting that from his team, hopefully every week from now on.Â That has to continue against Reading on Saturday and we just must capture another 3 points in that game.
What do you think?
Comments very welcome.