It’s three wins in a row for Newcastle United now, and in the last two games they have cantered home against Tottenham at White Hart Lane, and Reading at St. James’ Park, and scored 7 goals in the process.
Mark Viduka – loving his football right now under Keegan
While it’s taken longer than most fans thought, Kevin Keegan and his staff have now turned Newcastle United into a good attacking team. Kevin’s master stroke was playing his three strikers all together up front in a 4-3-3 formation.
Good coaches get the very best out of the squads they have, and that’s exactly what Keegan has done in the last three months. He has remained loyal to the players he inherited and didn’t bring anybody in during the January transfer window.
Kevin has always backed them to finally come good, even though the team went through some difficult times losing 4-1 and 5-1 in successive games to Aston Villa and Manchester United, which was probably the worst time for the Newcastle faithful.
One player Kevin has stood by is Australian Mark Viduka, and Mark chipped in again yesterday with another good performance and a clinical finish for his second goal in as many weeks. The three strikers have 26 goals between them for the season out of the 40 goals Newcastle have now scored, and they continue to look awesome together.
And it’s not only the forwards that have improved under Kevin’s short tenure at the club, because Newcastle have only conceded a single goal in their 3 wins and the defense looked solid again yesterday, with young 20 year-old Canadian David Edgar looking solid at the back.
It’s hard not to think forward to what this team, suitably strengthened by at least 4 top class players in the summer, can do next season. But we’ll be doing that a lot with our readers in the summer. 😀
At the moment we still think we can capture all 15 points from the remaining 5 games, starting with a tough game against FA Cup finalists Portsmouth at Fratton Park next Saturday. That should be an excellent test for our lads.
Things are certainly looking up on Tyneside, that’s for sure.
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