Keegan Thinks Newcastle Safe From Relegation

Kevin Keegan savored Newcastle’s third win on the trot for the first time this season, and thinks the team is now safe from relegation.


Kevin Keegan – pleased with his players today

After the 3-0 victory over Reading, Newcastle now are 12 points clear of third-bottom placed Bolton Wanderers, who were hammered 4-0 today at Villa Park. We also have a superior goal difference on Bolton now, and Keegan was asked if he thought Newcastle were safe from the drop:

“We’ve started to play with the confidence and the style that this group of players should play with.”

“I would have thought so, but mathematically you could still say we could be caught.” “But looking at the fixtures and who’s got to play each other, yes, I think so.”

“Although it’s a small squad, there’s a lot of talent there and an awful lot of experience – and one or two players who can set us alive.”

Keegan said that confidence has been the one ingredient that has made the difference in the last three weeks.

Kevin said:

“We needed to win a football match. We had a week where we gained something rather than talking about conceding goals and making mistakes.”

“I don’t think we played as well as we can but we still could have scored five or six goals today.”

“We went ahead against the run of play, no doubt about that. Reading were causing us more problems than we were causing them, but when you look at our front three we know that if you get it together for 10 or 15 minutes we will score goals.”

Keegan thought that Reading’s plan to stop Michael Owen opened up space for others up front in which what turned out to be an easy victory after the 90 minutes:

“What Reading did today was try to stop Michael, and by trying to stop Michael they left space down both sides. And Nicky Butt could pull all the strings.”

“So while they stopped Michael a little bit, like all teams you need other areas where you can cause them problems, and we had that today.” “What was vital was that we got the first goal.”

It was a good win and Kevin was right, we weren’t at our best but to win 3-0 when that’s the case, makes it even better.

We have 5 games left and we’d really like to see 5 wins to round off the season.

That would put all Newcastle fans in very good stead throughout the summer as we await next season’s arrival.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • toonbully

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s amazing as KK says what a bit of confidence does for you , I cannot really believee they are the same team that BSA was handling , and yet they are . It just shows you how fickle players can be . I am sure inside the camp that they did not like the way Sam played , and playing so many players out of position just effected morale . Kevin likes to play attacking football , and that’s great against the fulhams readings etc, but we really need to sort oor defensive line , and bring some young blood in , Get Carroll in and some of the new signings as quick as possible . their enthusiasm will rub off on the older ones !

  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #2

    he is only saying this because he now wants to talk transfers with mort haha…

    nicky butts passing is getting better, must be these games of 5 a side football

  • mark

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #3

    “Although it’s a small squad, there’s a lot of talent there and an awful lot of experience – and one or two players who can set us alive.”

    it was 3 or 4 players last week.. has Mort put the block on transfers

  • Mike

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #4

    I agree NUFC’s play from beginning of the season to now is night and day! Big Sam really is an arse and totally felt he was above everyone in the organization which I feel rubbed players the wrong way!

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #5

    KK knew he had a good bunch of players, but they just weren’t a team…That was SA’s problem, didn’t know how or needed too long to make them play as a team!..
    …This should make people realize we don’t need 10 new players for next season, a handful should build up the squad just fine!..Specially since we’ve got a whole bunch of promising young lads coming thru!..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 5, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #6

    Hes talking about who we got not who we need

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 5, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #7

    he has set he needs 4-5 tonight, wich can only be a good thing, i realy do hope that we get zarate, i hope bolton and the brum go down, i dont mind fulham atall, the other to are just an irritant.

  • Bill F

    Apr 6, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #8

    I don’t think Mort has put the block on tranfers at all. But as Kevin himself has said they are not going to sign a wedge of players just for the sake of it. I think if they want someone and he is right for the team then money will be found. That doesn’t necessarily mean it will be a big money buy either.


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