Keegan Delighted At Solid Newcastle Performance

Kevin Keegan was just delighted with the performance of his Newcastle side following the 3-0 victory over Reading at St. James’ Park this afternoon.


Kevin Keegan – delighted at Newcastle performance

Obafemi Martins, Michael Owen and Mark Viduka all scored goals to get three wins in a row for Newcastle, for the very first time this season.

Keegan was happy with his strikers but also says that Habib Beye, must be playing as well as any other right back in the division.

Kevin said after the game:

“The players deserved everything they got,” “Without ever reaching the heights of the Tottenham performance, we played some good football, we defended well when we had to, and we limited a committed Reading side to one shot on goal.”

“The front three all got a goal apiece, and the midfield I thought were superb.” “Joey Barton got man of the match but I think you could have given it to four or five players.”

“I thought Habib Beye was outstanding. If there’s a better right-back in the Premier League than him, I’m sure there are one or two, but I’m not sure they are playing as well as he is.”

“We’ve got the confidence and belief that comes with getting a few results. There’s no way you could look at that squad of players, with the quality and experience we have, and say they can’t play good football.”

“They just lost their way a bit. Some results hurt, like conceding six goals in the second half against Manchester United.”

“They’ve taken a lot of knocks, even since I’ve been here, but they’ve not felt sorry for themselves and they’ve bounced back.”

Good words from Kevin and he’s right to give the credit to the players because they have battled back really well in the last four or five games.

Our next game should be a good game away at Portsmouth. Pompey took us apart at St. James’ Park last November, when they were 3-0 up after just 11 minutes, so we have a score to settle with Portsmouth next Saturday in a late kick-off game (5:15 pm KO).

One thing is certain, it should be another excellent game to watch and a win is surely again on the cards, if the lads can keep up their good form.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • Mitch H

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #1

    All you Keegan detractors are looking pretty stupid now arnt ya!

    Kevin Keegan was born to lead this club to glory.

    “All aboard the KK Express, next stop Europe, then non-stop to the Champions League”.

    I’m lovin it, just lovin it !!

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #2

    As per an earlier article, just look at KK’s language. First sentence is “The players deserved everything they got.” Allardyce would’ve been taking all the credit for “my wonderful tactics.” KK hits the mark every time in his praise for the players, building their confidence every step of the way. No wonder they are playing for him, each other and the shirt, rather than attempting to knock seven shades of who-knows-what out of TEAMMATES in training.

  • mark

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #3

    for me Habib Beye has been the story of a bad season, I think this guy is class. No wonder Marseille made him captain. its a shame he isnt turning 22 instead of 32. I would say all of BS signings are excellent. Enrique & faye are quality too. Even Geremi!! scored 1 last week & set up 2!! Smith = ok, bad signing..
    It’s a shame it took an attacking philosophy to unleash the quality. Why did BS play defensive (lets worry about the opposition) football with a team that can attack at will. Maybe its Keegan’s golden touch but BS must be kicking himself at what could of been. He had a great opportunity to lose the Bolton tag with attacking footy but bottled it! MUG!

  • drumma

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #4

    it’s took time but look 3 wins kk has turned them around thats what keegen is good at and changing the attacking formation to a three prong attack, come on king kev .

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #5

    he is right beye did play awesome and deserved the man of the match, if it had not been for a gutsy performance by joey barton, he like beye never stopped running at all.

    well done to the whole team though

    was quality before the game dad driving through past the mill garage who is to overtake us but jimmy milner in an unmarked car identical to ours, he gave me a smile and waved foot to the throttle haha.

    what a legend

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #6

    i thought beye was 28 or 29…

    enrique was good two, so funy when he sliced his shot, all the stick he took with a smile on his face.

    beyes celebrations when owen scored was funny as fook

  • mark

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:00 PM

    Comment #7

    aye, my mistake. he’s 31 this October. still a few yrs left in him. Still wish he was 21 I could watch him for yrs


  • Irish- Toon

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Beye just gets better with each game, he’s got to be BSA’s best signing by a mile and as loathe as I am to admit it, Barton has at last started to look like the player we saw at Man City.
    This three pronged attack just seems to suit us down to the ground at the moment. I’d love to see how we’d stand up to Manure now just so I could get a guide to how much we’ve improved over the last couple of weeks.
    I still think we’ve a long way to go to reach the the top four but it’s looking so positive compared to a few weeks ago

  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #9

    This athlete in Beye is energetic & could play 3 more years . Don’t worry too much about it. Yo!KK is a really cool manager!

  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #10

    This athlete in Beye is energetic & could play 3 more years . Just give a rest in betweeen every 3 to 4 games i assume everything’ll be fine. Yo!KK is a really cool manager!

  • ronaldeano

    Apr 5, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #11


    You are god damn right he is a “cool” manager mate!! 🙂

    Long live Kevin Keegan!!!! 🙂

  • Tripp

    Apr 5, 2008 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s great is that we’ve had 4 different MOM as chosen by the readers here. That’s a great sign that the team is starting to gel, both in their play and their support for the cause. Anyone can have an off day, but with so many of the lads playing so well that can lift the players who are not at their highest level. The end result can be a very consistent, successful season. It really looks like we’re salvaging this season (a little anyways), but we need to continue this kind of form for the next 100 years. Then I’ll be happy. 🙂

  • Bill F

    Apr 5, 2008 at 11:42 PM

    Comment #13

    I said he was class when we signed him, it’s taken Marseille half a season to get over his loss. I predict that if Capaca stays with us next season that people will also see a better player. In a good team he will start to show his class.


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