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:
â€œYes itâ€™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.â€
Nicky was then asked what the turning point was in Newcastleâ€™s recent good run of form, and Butt took the opportunity to praise his manager, Kevin Keegan.
â€œHe has changed us. We now have confidence, and confidence is a big thing in football because it makes you do things you wouldnâ€™t normally do.”
â€œWeâ€™re playing with more tempo now and of course we are happier so are naturally playing better.”
â€œWhat Kevin has done is said â€˜just enjoy yourselfâ€™, 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.â€
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.