Coppell Aware Of Newcastle Power Going Forward


Reading manager Steve Coppell was as realistic as ever after his side’s 3-0 defeat at St. James’ Park yesterday.

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Reading Manager Steve Coppell – aware of Newcastle power going forward

Steve said after the game:

“Credit to the finishers they have,” “In Owen, Martins and Viduka they have some threesome and to try to keep them quiet over 90 minutes is a handful.”

“I was disappointed in our display when I thought today might have been an opportunity for us,”

“I’m fully aware of Newcastle’s power going forward, but I felt that over the course of the season they had yet to be consistent defensively.”

“But today was another building brick for them and Kevin must be very pleased with the performance.”

It looks like Steve wanted Reading to test the shaky Newcastle defense and they did just that in the first 20 minutes as Newcastle took time to get to grips with the game. But they coiuldn’t score that vital first goal and three opportunist goals from Newcastle’s front three put an end to the game.

Newcastle finished easy winners and could have had more than three, with just a little bit of luck in the second half. The defense played well with young David Edgar giving a good account of himself in central defense, as he deputized for food poisoning victim Steven Taylor, alongside the ever impressive Abdoulaye Faye.

Joey Barton and Nicky Butt again had good games, and Habib Beye was outstanding at right back. There’s no doubt Newcastle are looking a typically good Kevin Keegan side right now, and he seems to have got the very best out of his players.

Comments very welcome.



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5 comments so far

  • Geordie Gerrard7

    Apr 6, 2008 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #1

    steve coppell is a top bloke, destined for the top in management, reminds me alot of ‘ARRY with his positive views even after defeat.

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  • Davy C

    Apr 6, 2008 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #2

    Steve Coppell was a great, intelligent player and has been a good manager so far. I think he’d do very well if he had more money to spend as he’s a very shrewd and seemingly honest man. I think he’ll become England manager eventually.

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  • Leo

    Apr 6, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #3

    give him his dues well done to him for getting reading up as high as they are, i dont remember but i think it was crystal palace that he also did well at, he is very boring though

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  • hanzemre

    Apr 6, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    yeah at least he was happy for KK. All the best to him. With many more constant performances & results like those last 3 games it’d soon make us the envy of the whole nation once again (etc. London press.. nothing new eh?) & inevitably many more would like us as their 2nd team. Howay KK & his wonderland! Here we go again.

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  • Obafan

    Apr 6, 2008 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #5

    Very nice manager and he does not hide after silly excuses like some of the managers do (McLeish and Bruce or so). If the opponent is stronger and better than he will say they were. Top manager and I hope he will have much more good years in management.

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