Kevin Keegan has said today he is almost certain to field an unchanged side against Sunderland at St Jamesâ€™ 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:
” Weâ€™ll leave it alone, and let the other players wait for the opportunity. “Letâ€™s see when they get that, whether they can really take it.â€“Weâ€™re going forward. Weâ€™re a work in progress, and hopefully weâ€™ll learn from the things we didnâ€™t do so well.â€
“The 4-3-3 formation is still working, and still creating. Weâ€™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.â€
“Thatâ€™s what is happening at the moment, and itâ€™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.
“I just felt we edged it, even though they had a couple of chances.â€
“We had a lot of possession, and played some really good football at times, but we just couldnâ€™t find that final pass, and add that finishing touch to some good play.â€
“Two months ago, weâ€™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.