Kevin Keeganâ€™s new Newcastle team now has 5 clean sheets in their 14 games since mid-January.
Habib Beye – clean sheets important
Habib Beye, our Senegal international right back is only too pleased to add to the number of clean sheets the team can get this season.
Habib told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œAt West Ham weâ€™ll be trying for a clean sheet again.â€ â€œIt wasnâ€™t so long ago that we were conceding four or five goals in games.â€
â€œThat was far too many for us as a defenders.â€ â€œIf you want to win a game you canâ€™t concede even two or three goals.â€
â€œThat means you are asking your attack to score three or four â€“ itâ€™s a big ask.â€ â€œWhen you keep a clean sheet itâ€™s much better, it means you have a chance of winning games.â€
Beye has been in excellent form since he returned from the African Cup of Nations duty for Senegal in late January, but Habib says it’s not just the defense that’s responsible for clean sheets but rather the whole team.
Beye paid tribute to his team-mates when he added:
â€œI think itâ€™s not just the defense, that have been playing well.â€ â€œI think everybody relies on the defence, the midfield and the attack to do well.â€
â€œAgainst Portsmouth and Sunderland we did very well throughout the games.â€ â€œIf you do that all of the time you can keep clean sheets.â€
â€œThe Sunderland Tyne-Wear derby game was massive for us and we kept a clean sheet.â€
Newcastle are 5 points behind 10th placed West Ham and would go just two points behind with a win, and just two games to go. So we must win tomorrow, to keep our hopes alive of getting into that top half of the table, which is important for the team.
It would be able to be used to convince new potential players that much better things are on the horizon under new boss Kevin Keegan. Of course we’d put ourselves in a good position to win iof we can keep another clean sheet, which we’ll have to hope for.
And Beye thinks 1-0 wins are something Newcastle can aspire to on the road as he added:
â€œWhen you see Chelsea, they win 1-0 quite often.â€ â€œYou donâ€™t always need to score lots of goals â€“ 1-0 is enough.â€â€œIf you want to be a big team you need a big squad.â€
â€œPeople like Oba, Michael and Dukes working hard up front is good for the team.â€
But when you can win 4-1, as we did at Tottenham we’re not sure we want to aspire to 1-0 wins – maybe 4-0 wins away from home.
We have the team that can do that right now, and with Kevin in charge that’s the type of score he would like to see, we’re sure of that. It’s certainly what we would like to see- even tomorrow. 😀