Nicky Butt Pleased With Point

Newcastle played very well on the south coast and denied Pompey the win they wanted to give their fans after reaching the final of the FA Cup.


Nicky Butt – impressive display in front of England coach Capello

Newcastle held Portsmouth this afternoon, and with a little more luck could have taken all 3 points at Fratton Park.

But on balance the 0-0 draw was probably a fair result overall. Nicky Butt seems to be very satisfied to go back to Tyneside with a point, as he spoke after the game:

“Yes it’s a good point, because this is a hard place to come and we knew it would be tough so we feel this is a good result.”

Nicky was then asked what the turning point was in Newcastle’s recent good run of form, and Butt took the opportunity to praise his manager, Kevin Keegan.

“He has changed us. We now have confidence, and confidence is a big thing in football because it makes you do things you wouldn’t normally do.”

“We’re playing with more tempo now and of course we are happier so are naturally playing better.”

“What Kevin has done is said ‘just enjoy yourself’, and I think we had a good first half, of course they had more of the ball in the second, but we kept our shape and got the point.”

It was a good point and stands us in good stead to still catch Tottenham and West Ham, who are above us in the table. We gained a point on the Hammers today and are now 5 points behind them and remain 2 points behind Spurs.

A good win next Sunday afternoon against Sunderland, should put us back on our quest for 10th place, which is certainly very possible.

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #1

    🙂 must make it happens then.

  • Tripp

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #2

    Disappointed we didn’t get a win, would love to have gone up on spurs and hauled to within 3 of hammers. Still, going down to pomey and taking a well earned point is a good result. 3 clean sheets in 4 games. Who’d have thought we see that at this stage of the season 2 months ago.

  • Irish-Toon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #3

    I would have taken a point before the game but after the game I’m disappointed to have only a point. I thought we bossed the game for the last 70 minutes, but after what I’ve been watching this season, i’m happy to take a point from Pompey who are fighting for the Uefa spot. It shows how things have changed for us in the last few weeks.

    But still my only criticism of the team is letting Geremi take the free kicks and corners, although his free kicks were pretty good today his corners were bloody awful. He still can’t get his corners past the firt defender and it’s driving me bonkers!!!!!!

  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 9:43 PM

    Comment #4

    yea Geremi was as usual crap at corners. Lets Martins take it for a change 😉 .

  • richie

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #5

    im lovin kk in charge

  • Irish-Toon

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Hanzemre, you don’t want Oba taking corners , you need him in the box, he’s superb in the air

  • hanzemre

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #7

    yea sorry for that m8, just kidding really. suppose ur rite martin surely can head some corners if the service is rite.

  • ToonKing

    Apr 12, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Comment #8

    plus he can’t cross to save his life, what makes you think he can take corners ?? he would probably kick it out for a throw in on the other side 😀

  • Robert from Serbia

    Apr 12, 2008 at 11:31 PM

    Comment #9

    hahaah toon king 😀

  • Egar

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:07 AM

    Comment #10

    4 more to go to get that 10th spot.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 13, 2008 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #11

    Emre takes a mean corner!..

  • seetow

    Apr 13, 2008 at 3:07 AM

    Comment #12

    why not let enrique or beye take it then?

  • ScottyT

    Apr 13, 2008 at 3:44 AM

    Comment #13

    imo geremi played really well today but yes as usual his corners were just sh1te although he did put in the odd decent ball but tht aint gd enough really.

    also im finding it quite weird that on the polls ed does on what our result will be before a game ive got it right everytime so far apart from spurs game. lol 6 out of 7 right :S

  • Doctapaul

    Apr 13, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #14

    Two best players on the park yesterday Butt and Geremi, two very underestimated players.

    The midfield was packed, both defences pushed up. Butt was everywhere and Geremi was equally diligent with work rate and clever positioning, often to allow other players move into space.

    There was one sublime move between he and Beye that although came to nothing was the best one-two of the match.

    Barton looks as if he is starting to rekindle some lost aggression. I believe we will see him step up to another level next season (judge willing). He’s worth a punt at corner taking – surely?

  • hanzemre

    Apr 13, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #15

    ScottyT okay then i can’t wait until mid May, wanna know your guess of the results for our remainder games of the season? how about the whole next season? can see we’re winning anything (silverware)? 😉

  • Chicken

    Apr 13, 2008 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Seeing as this thread is supposed to be about Nicky Butt I’d just like to say hats off to the lad. He’s taken a hell of a lot of stick from the fans lately (some of it justified, some of it not so) but he’s stuck at it and him and probably Owen have been our two most consistent performers over our 5 game unbeaten run.

    Well done Nicky – keep up the good work lad.

    ps; Barton is a total waste of space – the sooner he gets banged up the better – horrible, nasty little scum bag he is.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 13, 2008 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #17

    haha hanzemre .. maybes tha silverware thing is jst a bit too unrealistic

    al go through rest of this season (watch none of these be right now lol):

    mackems – win
    west ham – draw
    chelsea – draw or lose have to w8 for the other 2 rsults b4 a make a decision
    everton – lose

    am allowd to change west ham chelsea nd everton ones dependin on mackems score etc tho 😉

  • hanzemre

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #18

    forgot to pay tribute to Nicky Butt who i hated the most during the dross which happened about i don’t know maybe 20 odd games b4 this turn over by KK & all lads in field. hmmm i’m glad i was proved wrong by this gentleman in Nicky Butt. Very professional indeed. Howay Butt! Keep us smiling 🙂 with your good contribution!

  • Leo

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #19

    lol scottyt, thts odds on to happen then, lol

  • Leo

    Apr 13, 2008 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #20

    hanz i think it was me who hated him most in the past. but he has improved no ends, and i eat all my words from the past.

    eg. my old name- LEO- NICKY BUTT OUT


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