Kevin has spoken to the Newcastle Journal today and thinks the lads only played 50%-60% of their capabilities yesterday, but it was still too good for Sunderland, especially in the first half.
Chris and Kevin – where the magic is created – on the training field
Kevin was pleased with the result yesterday although it was not a vintage performance from the team:
â€œIt is very special to win a derby match, even though we did not play well,â€ â€œWe started well and got an early goal. We also got the penalty at a psychologically good time and we won the game.â€
â€œWe played 50-60% compared with what we could do. Our passing was not as good as it could have been, but the attitude and endeavour was spot on. And the atmosphere was magnificent.â€
â€œI think we got an atmosphere like that because the supporters are happy with what we have done in the last few games rather than our performance on the day.â€
â€œI donâ€™t care what anybody says, you can go around the world twice if you like and you would not get an atmosphere like that anywhere else. During the game Terry McDermott turned to me and said it was just like the old days.â€
â€œHeâ€™s probably right, it used to be like that every week as the fans came into the ground motivated and happy because of what they had seen last time.â€
â€œThe players here have not seen the atmosphere like that because of the season we have had. I told them they are the best in the world and you can earn an atmosphere like that every week if you keep these results coming. In the last five minutes or so I was just soaking that atmosphere up.â€
It’s just fantastic when Newcastle have won the game and there;s just a few minutes left and the atmosphere yesterday was phenomenal. Even the TV commentators kept mentioning it and were largely complimentary to Kevin, which makes a nice change.
But we think lots of people around the world will be starting to watch Newcastle again, not only because they play good attacking football, but they also like to watch the manager, who puts everything he has into the game from the sidelines.
He lives and reacts to every move on the pitch.
It’s so refreshing to see a man with this kind of passion for the game – and for the Newcastle United club.
We’re a lucky club to have Kevin Keegan back. 😀