Keegan Still Disappointed With Portsmouth Draw

Kevin Keegan has said today he is almost certain to field an unchanged side against Sunderland at St James’ Park next Sunday.


Kevin Keegan – unchanged side against Sunderland next Sunday

Keegan has played almost an unchanged side in the last five games, in which the Magpies have won three and drawn two and had 3 clean sheets in the process.

Keegan brought back Steven Taylor for David Edgar on Saturday and Steven repaid the confidence shown in him by the manager with another solid performance alongside Faye in central defense.

So we have 11 points out of the last 5 league games but we must keep the run going because we have a decent chance to finish up 10th in the league by catching both Tottenham and West Ham, United.

Kevin Keegan talked to the Evening Chronicle today:

” We’ll leave it alone, and let the other players wait for the opportunity. “Let’s see when they get that, whether they can really take it.”“We’re going forward. We’re a work in progress, and hopefully we’ll learn from the things we didn’t do so well.”

“The 4-3-3 formation is still working, and still creating. We’re still causing other teams problems, and I think that will continue to be the case as long as every player puts in a shift.”

“That’s what is happening at the moment, and it’s very hard to change it when these 11 players are so determined to win games, and do things right for the club.”

Newcastle and Keegan himself were disappointed at only picking up a point against Portsmouth, but Kevin feels it would be a game they would have lost earlier in the year.

Kevin added:

“I just felt we edged it, even though they had a couple of chances.”

“We had a lot of possession, and played some really good football at times, but we just couldn’t find that final pass, and add that finishing touch to some good play.”

“Two months ago, we’d have lost this game.”

Sunderland’s management is saying already that they’ll get back on their winning ways next Sunday, after they were beaten 2-1 with a late rather lucky goal from Vassell against Manchester City on Saturday at home.

Newcastle are due a few goals after yesterday, and we think we should be able to beat Sunderland fairly easily on Sunday, although initially it could be an even game.

Comments welcome.

24 comments so far

  • smc894

    Apr 14, 2008 at 1:49 PM

    Comment #1

    Destroy the Mackems! March on to the top 10

  • Eric

    Apr 14, 2008 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #2

    We knew Pompey would be a hard team to beat on their own turf. We were unlucky is the truth of the matter. We had the beating of them. If it were not for James we would have got all three points. I am not complaining. We are not losing and what is more we have the joy of cracking the Mackems still yet to come.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 14, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    ed if you think the derby will be easy then i think youre underestimating the difference a derby match makes to a team. i dont think itll be easy at all but i do expect a win of course.

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    As long as it’s a win.

  • Shanghaitoon

    Apr 14, 2008 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #5

    Every Mackem/Magpie derby game is a very hard fought affair. I remember the last time they were in the prem, they played total S**T all season but the game at SJP was a belter. We won but it wasn’t a walkover by any means. We can expect a very tough game next week too but I do think we can take them again. Nobody should expect it to be a walk in the park though especially the Toon lads!! We need to beat them, but we also underestimate them at our peril! Wish I could be at the game instead of 6000 miles away but lets hope for all 3 points!!

  • Bill F

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Wouldn’t mind seeing Carroll get a start for Viduka, bring him on later.

  • OzZyMagpiE

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Can you plz stop with this carrol obsession.. hez average at best.. i kno hez one from da youth team n all but tbh he ain’t dat great.. i kno ur gonna say he needz time n matches n all.. he didnt do smack in da Championship… n hez gonna cut it for the EPL? get a grip if we’ve got real solid talent i’ll tell ya… let da duke play upfront n keep it goin.. we will get a solid target man in da summer to challenge vid… btw i see somethin in dat italian kid zambrela..hez a btr prospect…as baheng.. sorry bill didnt mean to bash ya mate

  • wsq

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #8

    as much as i like the 4-3-3, if ppl like martins and viduka not being 100%, on the day itself doesn’t bode well.

    viduka hardly had a shot on goal which is similar to playing alan smith.

    martins being a bit to hasty with the ball at times and indecisive and to stingy.

    If the midfield don’t make up numbers in the box i.e. join up in attack, no goals will be scored.

    i guess they were a bit cautious at pompey, hopefully this will change when we play at home

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #9

    Yeah Bill, would be g8 if Carroll do a full 90 in 1 of the last 4. Just to get a 1st hand fair judgement at our 1st team level.

  • Bill F

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #10

    No problem Ozzy, no offence taken. I like to see other opinions. The few times Carroll has played I thought he looked good. To be fair Viduka has only looked halfway decent for the last few games and on Saturday he hardly showed. Carrol is still a bit raw but he won’t improve unless he gets a few full games. I certainly aint obsessed with him I’d be just as happy to see Zamblera get a start. We won’t know how good they are untill they are playing and if they do OK it could save paying out for expensive future rejects.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #11

    The main thing with 433 away is the home team have to defend & can’t push up so much, which takes pressure off of our defense, which in turn can only be a good thing…After all, we’re starting to win & draw away, at last, & keep clean sheets, that says it all doesn’t it?..
    …I’m not saying it’ll always work, but, make hay while the sun shines, springs to mind!..

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #12

    That’s KK’s 4-3-3. Getting the best from an awesome threesome. Just luv it.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 14, 2008 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #13

    yh surely just keep same team for now .. even if milner was fit (and im a fan of his) still dont think he should get in the squad atm. wer doing well so same as usual for the minute. especially with it being the derby theres no way carroll should start unless vid got injured.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Aye ScottyT, stick with the same team for the dark ones!..
    …I’m also a big fan of some of the other players, but like you say, not much point in fixin’ what ain’t broke!..
    …Surely they understand & KK knows how to keep ’em motivated!?!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #15

    Let’s just hope KK’s teaching the others how to play his systems while they’re not in the team!..

  • Leo

    Apr 14, 2008 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #16

    viduka didnt have much of a shot against pompey, but thats because he was marked well by a strong portsmouth defence, he will have a top game against the mackams i think, he likes big occassions.

    im not disapointed with a draw, just glad that we didnt loose.

  • ScottyT

    Apr 14, 2008 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #17

    aye well its obvious KK sees the same as us that everyone is playing well atm and no1 should be dropped seeing as he keeps naming the same team. nice change to see everyone agreeing that we shouldnt make any daft changes to the squad due to players playin well. 🙂

  • ScottyT

    Apr 14, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #18

    also seems like keegan is listening to fans opinions nd takin them in etc. unlike fat sam who didnt giv a sh1t about anyone elses opinion and was just too ignorant to change as hes always right .. wat a d1ck.

  • ToonRich

    Apr 14, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #19

    Just remember Dukes isn’t 100% fit…hopefully he can only get better for us 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #20

    Rotation when it’s required, but not just for the sake of it!..
    …Consistancy of team is always the best bet when y’doin’ well!..
    …& i just don’t think anyone deserves to be dropped at this point!..

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Rotation is simply another word for effectively managing your players; scheduling the rest necessary to ensure a reasonable amount of freshness throughout the arduous season, preventing burnout, timeout to sharpen the axe, etc.

    The trick is getting the right formula to rotate without disrupting consistency. Rotation is not something that many would welcome with open arms, especially your players who needless to say would want to play in every match.

    Claudio Raineri was mocked the tinkerman for it. I don’t think he did too badly though. Rafa Benitez, another rotationer, is reaping the benefits it brings towards the end of a long hard season. But the master of them all in the premier league is SAF. Yesterday’s ManU~Arsenal game is a good case for it.

    Rotation like most things if done correctly brings up the plusses. Done incorrectly and it becomes a fiasco. To rotate or not to rotate … That’s the question for next season.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #22

    If the gooners had put their chances away, they woulda killed manure yesterday bro’…
    …& Benitez over rotated earlier in the season, hence liverpool went off the pace for the league at least, maybe he was only interested in europe?..
    …But yea rotate, by all means, but not willy nilly!..
    …& not 6/7 players at a time, unless you really can beat the team you’re playing with reserves, with ease!..

  • Egar

    Apr 14, 2008 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #23

    Adebayor’s a good case of a blunt axe aka burnout. The usual sharpness is not there anymore. Cesc is another similar case. Definitely can do with some time out.

    Benitez over did it earlier in the season. No doubt about the consistency being affected. Not easy to get the formula right.

    Rotation is worth a thought for next season when hopefully there is a decent size & capable squad to rotate with. And yeah no willy nilly.

    For the remaining 4 games this season, let’s just enjoy them with the lads. I’m sure they’ll provide more happy moments for us fans.

  • Punk Skunk

    Apr 14, 2008 at 9:24 PM

    Comment #24

    Right on Egar!..


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