Kevin Keegan has challenged his squad to finish this terribly disappointing season on a high.
Kevin Keegan training the lads with assistant coach Chris Hughton
Kevin talked this morning about the rest of our season:
â€œReading is our biggest game of the season because if we win I think we are safe,â€ â€œI can then say, â€˜What do we want to do between now and the end of the season, guys?â€™ I want to finish on a high.â€
â€œSuddenly, because of that performance at Spurs, those games are winnable â€“ even Chelsea at home, if we play like we did at Spurs. Everton away, West Ham away, Portsmouth away, they are tough games but none of these teams are beyond us.â€
Chelsea are still competing for the title and Everton are still in competition with Liverpool for fourth place, but both these issues could have been decided by the time they face Newcastle. Even if they’re not, Newcastle are showing the form that can still win those games.
â€œThey can all have the situation Spurs had when they have won something and you think, â€˜Do we really want this because if we do, we might just get this game.â€™”
“Portsmouth could just be the same, and West Ham. But Reading will be a different kettle of fish and we can send out a statement â€“ three wins on the trot would be fantastic.â€
â€œWe set them a target of the least we expect, which is to win the mini-league and weâ€™re on schedule to do that,â€ â€œThere are three teams on the form of the last three games in the frame â€“ Middlesbrough, Sunderland and us.â€
There’s a real chance that if the team can stay professional we can win quite a few of our last 6 games. One of them is today against Reading at home, and it will be interesting to see how the lads perform after last week’s tremendous win.
But they’ll have to show consistency and today’s game will not be as easy as some fans imagine.
However, it’s still a game we should win and anything less today will be a disappointment.