Reading No Match For Classy Newcastle

The win today by Newcastle was even easier than the 3-0 scoreline would suggest, as they coasted home in the second half, after being 2-0 up at the interval.


Abdoulaye Faye – solid as a rock in defense today

Here are some observations on the game this afternoon.

  • Newcastle again put in an excellent team performance and easily won this game by 3-0, but had they had a little bit of luck in the second half, the scoreline could have been much worse for Reading.
  • Newcastle have now scored 9 goals in their last 3 games and are carving out chances galore. When you have Martins, Owen and Viduka up front, they are going to put away a good proportion of these chances, which is what they did today, and each one of them got a good individual goal.
  • The defense was very solid again with David Edgar looking the part at center-back. It was only the first 10 minutes when Newcastle looked a little lackadaisical when they may have conceded a goal.
  • To say this side looked a lot different from the team of 4-5 weeks ago is an understatement and today the difference between the sides was class, and Newcastle had it in abundance.
  • Both full backs had strong games and Habib Beye had two assists this afternoon, as he put the balls across for both the Michael Owen and Mark Viduka goals.
    Enrique continued to look the part and is improving with every game. If we do get another left back in the summer he’ll have to be good to dislodge this boy.
  • Newcastle played good entertaining football and went for long periods stroking the ball around and getting themselves out of trouble at the back by some beautiful passing.
  • The midfield 3 and the front 3 again played as if they had played this formation all season. Kevin’s really hit on how to get the best out of his players by playing them in a 4-3-3 formation with Michael Owen again having another good game just behind the front two.
  • It’s really hard not to carried away if you are a Newcastle fan because the lads have played just fantastic football in the last 3 games, and sooner rather than later the press will catch to the fact that Kevin Keegan has got another excellent attacking team under construction on Tyneside.    😀
  • Another great team performance from the lads, and they deserve every credit for another fine display and brilliant win.
  • Oh yes, we almost forgot, we now have 38 points with 5 games and 15 points still to play for.

Comments very welcome.

18 comments so far

  • lee

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #1

    outstanding display
    well done lads

  • Howie

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #2

    53 points by the end of the season easy. well done to keegan and his players. that second 45 mins at st.andrews really changed our season. tyne wear derby should be a cracker in a couple of weeks with the shackles off both teams

  • toon_army

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #3

    howay the lads!

  • IanG

    Apr 5, 2008 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #4

    Well Bolton would need to win every game including away to Chelsea and Newcastle loose every game and that ain’t going to happen.

    So there should be nothing stopping Oba’s new contact progressing to completion and perhaps we could see an announcement about budgets for next season.

    It took the King a few games but his magic really is shining through now.

  • scott9

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #5

    grat display cant get enough of this formation

  • Gallacher the Horse

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #6

    Without sounding as if I’m picking an argument Ed, I don’t think class is the difference between now and five-to-six weeks ago.. For me, the real changes Keegan has managed to bring about are in confidence, trust in the manager and pride. Over the last few weeks I don’t think there has been a single player that KK hasn’t explicitly praised to the heavens, commenting on how hard they are working in training, how well they are gelling with their positional peers, how much they are contributing to the team and how much belief he (KK) has in them. Go back through the articles you have reported and you’ll find it’s the case.

    Unfortunately Allardyce is very much of the school of thought that says ‘If the team wins, it’s my tactics; if we lose, it’s the players not following my tactics.’ KK is the exact opposite; in his post-match interviews he constantly praises the players and their efforts, whilst talking about ‘we’ if it doesn’t go so well. In the way he presents his view of the game, the players have always tried their best but it just didn’t work out. SA would’ve said something along the lines of ‘My plans were correct but the players let me down.’

    KK has totally overhauled the CONFIDENCE of the team by encouraging them to do what they are good at and pointing out to everyone else just how good they are at it. He has gained their TRUST, which must have been his hardest task with recent experience in their minds and the press constantly on the back of all and sundry connected to the club, by letting everyone know they are responsible for the improvement. And he has reignited PRIDE in all the players on the pitch. Just think of the comments three months ago about players such as Viduka, Butt, Geremi (although some of the jury on this site are still out for him), Barton and so on. Comments highlighting how they weren’t playing anywhere near the standard expected for our world-famous and world-admired-or-envied shirt. Now look at them all! ‘Unhappy’ when they come off because they don’t want to stop playing; fighting hard and increasingly fairly for everything because they know someone is after their place; showing a real joy to go out on that fantastic St. James’s pitch and rack up goals, points and the fans admiration for playing exciting, free-flowing, eminently watchable football. No hiding behind the ball, no playing ‘carefully’ for a draw, just get out there to have fun and score a hatful! And long may it continue!

    Howay the lads and well done for another scorching win.

  • Lew Davies

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #7

    I hope allardyce is turning in his bitter grave…. Tactically inept proven, thankyou. Long live the King.

  • Lew Davies

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #8

    Oh yeah, acording to KK, big sams training was a pile of cra* too. No surprise there then.!!!

  • Ed Harrison

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Gakllacher the Horse – don’t disagree – Kevin plays the game the way it should be played – going forward and always thinking we can win – and he’s such a positive guy – you’re right the confidence of our players is sky high – and they are enjoying their football – you can see that.
    Kevin does a real service to football and we think there are a lot of people really happy he’s back in the game. That includes Newcastle supporters!

  • Spyro

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #10

    you hit the nail on the head Ed, the way our defence repeatedly passed the ball out of danger was superb and was very much in the style of Arsenal or Man U. was a great performance today.

  • sparetheman

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Bang on with your comments, Gakllacher the Horse

  • Spot The Zebra

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #12

    Just got back and i have to say the team are just getting better and better.With the mackems winning again today the derby game is going to be some match!

  • ScottyT

    Apr 5, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #13

    gr8 result going through the team thought jose and beye looked brilliant at full back edgar wasnt gr8 but he did alright great to see him given a chance .. barton again pld really well and im starting to change my opinion of him butt pld well agen and geremi pld well also imo. front three looked good together again and great to see them all getting a goal.

    also one disappointment for me today was why do the crowd start leavin 5 mins before the end when we are 3-0 up. man u get their bad reputation from that just find it weird.

    back to the game though lovely football to watch again and tha viduka goal looked just so easy. lets hope this type of performance continues. Howay Lads!!

  • wwe

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #14


  • Leo

    Apr 5, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #15

    great performance from both the players and our fans, we were brillient

    Gallacher the Horse just like most other people i agree wth you too

  • Michael

    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #16

    No doubt he is making it a hard job for his critics to point out his faults, me included. I am pragmatic and my opinions of anyone are not rigid.

    Fair game to Keegan. Todays performance was a class act and a characteristic of a big team, winning while not playing very well.

    Also I agree with Keegan when he says we are now safe although not mathematically.

    Good credit to Keegan. I am still not convinced but he is doing a good job of convincing me.

    Again well done Kev.

    With things going this well, players a fighting for their places in the side. Milner has been out Nzog is out, there seems a better balance and congruence to our team????? anyone else notice this? Perhaps off load them in the summer as they a highly rated, could get a neat bundle.

    We really should have been challenging in the higher echelons of the league.

    Anyway well done Kev


    Apr 5, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #17
  • hanzemre

    Apr 5, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #18

    am with Gallacher the Horse. KK knew we already have got some class players at his disposal so he is (as he was) a true class then by utilising them to theirs best. Long may it prevails. Long live KK !


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