Keegan – Newcastle Nowhere Close To 100% Saturday

In the first thirty minutes on Saturday we thought the Newcastle team was a little lackadaisical, and were a little lucky not to concede a goal before Oba Martins nicely put away our first goal.


Mark Viduka – happy he got the best goal of the three on Saturday

It turns out at half-time that Kevin thought the team was only operating around 80% of what they could produce.

Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:

“I said to the players at half-time, and again at full-time, that I thought we were only at about 80% from what we could have been.”

“That was still very good, and very exciting.” “There was some really good passing, and I think the third goal just about summed it up.”

“That was a fantastic goal by anybody’s standards.”

But Newcastle will have to be at 100% of their capabilities on Saturday if we are to get all 3 points away at Portsmouth, who will have their tails up after reaching the final of the FA Cup.

That will be a good test for us and will give the fans some idea of just how good the team is these days, as we look forward to some significant strengthening of the squad in the summer.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • Marty

    Apr 7, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #1

    It was a grt display all round and we took the foot off the gas after the 3rd goal……..
    Off the point!!!
    Did anyone notice how badly HANGELAND played in the last 2games for Fulham n this is the FULL BACK that many here have said we should get.Trust me i`ve seen him play in Norway n He is not PL standard at all.Check the highlights on FOOTBALLOCKS.COM

  • far east

    Apr 7, 2008 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #2

    Mark VIduka looks like the Joker in that picture.

  • Hadji

    Apr 7, 2008 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #3

    Maybe Viduka can persuade his second cousin Modric to join our club.

  • steve

    Apr 7, 2008 at 5:59 PM

    Comment #4

    Reckon we should beat Portsmouth, They’re now 9 points behind Everton so unlikely to get UEFA spot and are more likley to be concentrating on not getting injured for FA Cup final ( I hope)
    They’ve looked pretty poor over the last few games so I’m going for a 2-1 win

  • Kash

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #5

    It will be a difficult game against portsmouth though. They’re setup very defensively in my opinion, always seem to play 5 across the midfield. But considering they have Defoe nowadays who can only play in the league games, maybe they’ll play 2 up top against usto keep Defoe happy and playing! Either way, our 3 man midfield will have there work cut out against Kranjcar, Diarra, Diop and Muntari!

  • toon4ever

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:22 PM

    Comment #6

    we will beat portsmouth 100% trust me
    in fact bring any team on in the league we are now walkin in the keegan wonderland!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    i think chelski wont be wanting to play us as they go for the league and we will just get stronger after we nail portsmouth then whip the mackem shits into shape

  • Tom

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #7

    modric’s viduka’s cousin? seriously??? also great banner but how come king kevs in a city tracky?????

  • Nick C

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Tom, according to wikipedia Hadji is bang on the money…..

  • Leo

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #9

    anyone can write stuff on wikipedia

    would be awesome though. we have been lucky, previous games we have had some bad luck and maybe its now our turn to have the rub of the green

  • JP from The Rock of Gibraltar

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    We keep on winning and best of all is it ain’t by the odd goal!!! 😀

  • Max

    Apr 7, 2008 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #11

    Well done uros for that 4-3-3 banner and well done lads for performing that well. Never felt that well since the Great Sir Bobby was in charge!! Kev should have succeeded him!!!
    This is a great site Ed, always up to date, the best NUFC website nowadays!!!
    keep up the good work,

  • Gooderz

    Apr 7, 2008 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #12

    Wow, great spot Tom; Keegan is wearing a Man City tracksuit.

  • Spyro

    Apr 7, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #13

    cant believe this, ronaldinho could be goin to man city, what a joke

  • piman

    Apr 7, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #14

    JP from The Rock of Gibraltar – Question: From The Rock of Gibraltar Spain or Tynemouth?

  • Tom

    Apr 7, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #15

    Oh dear, error!

  • Leo

    Apr 7, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #16

    no its defo a mancity trackie…

    seen as its a quiet night, just wondered if anyone had any good tops on a good car to buy, im changing soon and dont want to get stuck with a crud car again, i have a 1.2 polo atm and want something with a bit more oomph and go

    haha, im either going to get shot down for asking or people will be like me, both car obsessed as well as football obsessed

  • Hadrian

    Apr 7, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #17

    didnt know that about viduka and modrik like .

    that settles it then ,
    we send duke’s off to talk some sense into modrik .
    then send shearer down to berbatov’s house with a toon shirt and his name on the back .

  • Leo

    Apr 7, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #18

    looks like shola ameobi is being as useful as a chocolate fireguard at stoke. 2-0 to crystal palace

  • Marty

    Apr 7, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #19

    Leo,if ya want somethin a bit bigger n a bit more oomph,try a FERRARI….lol.
    Nah maybe a focus or Golf!!
    Anyway`s back to football,DO YOU ALL THINK THE TYNE WEAR DERBY WILL BE A SELL OUT?????
    Would love tickets for it.

  • Leo

    Apr 7, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #20

    golf is probs it, cant quiet gt a ferrari yet haha

    i doubt the derby will be sellout because the fact that there will need to be seats separating the fans, unfortunatly, but all the tickets will be gone if thats what you mean…

  • Ross

    Apr 7, 2008 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #21

    marty tickets havent got on public sale yet.
    its still 3 or 4 days until they do i think.
    you’ll need to be at the box office sharpish that morning though. doubt you’ll get one over the phone etc

  • nightfall

    Apr 7, 2008 at 11:30 PM

    Comment #22

    ty and sorry about keegan…i honestly didn’t see kev’s in man c tracksuit…too hasty…sorry 😉

  • Leo

    Apr 7, 2008 at 11:34 PM

    Comment #23

    further to what i was saying ealier, i was following the score of the stoke crystal palace match where shola ameobi was playing a whole game, he wasnt even mentioned in the write up of the game on sky sports… and the players rating was at 5.1…

    he is coming home at the end of the season i guess haha

  • maggpie

    Apr 8, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #24

    I’ve felt for a long time that Shola won’t even stand out in the Championship, and sadly I think he’s quickly going to prove me right.


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