It took Keegan 10 games to register his first win, but now with three wins in a row, and 4 games unbeaten, the Newcastle fansâ€™ patience is starting to be fully rewarded.
Newcastle fans – better times ahead for the great Geordie faithful
Kevin talked today about the way the team has been playing:
â€œIâ€™ve been excited with a lot of the football we played against Spurs and Reading,â€ â€œNot just the front three, but the way weâ€™ve passed the ball and moved it.”
“The third goal was a real classic â€“ a lot of one-touch passing, cutting open Reading with a lot of real incisive football.â€
David Edgarâ€™s call-up to replace the ill Steven Taylor was the only change Keegan made to his starting line up and David had a good solid game, and showed why he has a future at the club, with his no nonsense and safety first approach at the back.
David must have been happy with his solid performance. Lamine Diatta also came on for his first 8 minutes of first team action, and Lamine looked what he is, an experienced International player.
We’d like to see Lamine get a run out at center-back just so we can see how he plays. He could be a good addition to the squad, and as we’ve said before, if he’s anything like his Senegal team mates Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye, we should sign him.
Kevin likes stability and he has tried to play the same team, simply because they have been doing so well, but that has also put some pressure on other players not in the starting eleven.
One of these is Irishman Damien Duff, who managed to get a good run out as a substitute in the second half on Saturday and almost scored, and Kevin has pointed out he is training like mad, trying to get back into the starting eleven..
Kevin talked about Damien:
â€œHeâ€™s on fire at the moment,â€ â€œI thought he might get a goal against Reading, he was unlucky not to.â€
â€œHeâ€™s champing at the bit to get back in the team and then itâ€™ll be James Milner in the next 10 days and obviously Steven Taylor. Weâ€™ve got Andy Carroll too and other young lads.â€
â€œWeâ€™ve not only got a good squad at the minute, weâ€™ve also got a good squad around it.â€
It says much for the spirit at the club Kevin has already created that experienced players like Duff are reacting the way they are. And we heard from Oba Marftins yesterday, that nobody wants to leave the club, since the players seem to love playing for the maestro, and think good times await them all next season.
And the maestro Kevin really seems to be, even though it took him 10 games to get a win, the change in the team’s results and performances over the last 4 games has been little short of incredible.
And we’ve noticed the critical gossip press have been rather silent of late, haven’t they? 😀
We’re on our way – make no mistake about that.
Comments very welcome.