Kevin Keegan doesn’t question the spirit of his side these days, as they came back well from 2-0 down, after suffering an awful start to their game at Upton Park on Saturday.
Kevin Keegan - doesn’t question spirit in the Newcastle team
That was not something that was evident in the team when Kevin took over in mid-January. Go a goal down and the the game was all but lost, as the team just couldn’t buy a goal back then.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t question the character any more although I did question it early on. I was asking: â€˜Why does a goal knock you back so much?”
“Why have you got this lack of belief in each other, so that Michael Owen, Obafemi Martins and Mark Viduka canâ€™t get you a goal back and get you back in the game?”
â€œBut weâ€™ve gone beyond that now. Even at 2-0 down, I said to Terry Mac that if we get a goal back now, then it almost turns back on West Ham again. Newcastle can score goals now.â€
Keegan thought the result on Saturday was OK, especially when he again had to draft 20 year-old David Edgar into the line up for the injured Abdoulaye Faye. We don’t know the extent of Faye’s injury but hope he’ll be fit for the Chelsea game.
â€œLook at the back of the program and the squad West Ham have compared to ours.”
“I know theyâ€™ve got some injuries but if weâ€™d had those injuries then weâ€™d probably have got relegated this year.â€
That’s one reason why we need to improve the quantity of the squad as well as the quality in the summer transfer window.
We think Kevin, at the very least, needs another center-back and left back. Then a central midfielder and striker are the very least we need in the summer. and all four should be top class players brought into the team.