Newcastle’s New Spirit Cannot Be Questioned

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.

Keegan said:

“I wouldn’t question the character any more although I did question it early on. I was asking: ‘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 can’t get you a goal back and get you back in the game?”

“But we’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.”

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.
Kevin continued:

“Look at the back of the program and the squad West Ham have compared to ours.”

“I know they’ve got some injuries but if we’d had those injuries then we’d probably have got relegated this year.”

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.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Tommy

    Apr 28, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    Agreed.. If we get a new LB, CB, CM (creative) and a Striker, all top class, then it’s fair to say that we will have a pretty decent team..

    I’m quietly confident 🙂

  • Rich

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #2

    Think we need to adda wide man to that list especially with N Zogbia heading out the door!

  • drh

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #3

    not sure if ashton is that commited to west ham, worth a punt in my eyes, he was a great outlet for the hammers on saturday and bossed our inexperienced centre back partnership. As i have said on here before he has two good feet, is strong in the air and kicks like a mule. him alongside martins or owen or both would be worth seeing, viduka isn’t going to last a season and is still off the pace if you ask me

  • HeronMag

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #4

    Under Allardyce we would have crumbled at 2-0 down. Keegan has brought the feel good factor back and the players will fight to keep him at the club.

    Can’t wait to see who KK brings in!

  • Leo

    Apr 28, 2008 at 11:42 AM

    Comment #5

    yeah tottenham will still be interested in charles nzogbia because modric doesnt play on the left… we need to be moving quick for transfers

    back to the story though, the spirit is getting really good we are begining to be good at coming back into the game.

  • Ausgeordie

    Apr 28, 2008 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #6

    If money bags tottenham want zog they should have to pay 12 mill. They can obviously afford it. If we are looking for premiership talent I’d go for Crouch (8 mill), Dunne (5 milll), Tim Cahill (6 mill), Bridge (5 mill). We neeeeed a creative attacking midfielder though. Dont know one thats great in the premiership that we could get.

    On a side note – Ed what is with the biblical ad at the top of the page under the banner warning us about the devil???? And the one for womens designer shoes????? Seriously Ed you can get better ads, I dont know if there are many religious chicks with bad footwear coming to the site.

  • Bryan

    Apr 28, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Apart from the out of contract players like Carr, we should not sell anyone. If we are only going to bring in 3 or 4 players then we need to keep everyone at the club. Whats the point of signing 4 players and selling 4, were just back to square one. As much as I love KK, but if he thinks that we only need 3 or 4 players for next season then he is mistaken. In my opinion we need 7.
    1 x RB (Cover for Baye)
    2 x CH (1 class CH 1 for cover)
    1 x LB
    2 x MF (1 attacking 1 defensive)
    1 x CF (Target man)

  • Reb

    Apr 28, 2008 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought Keegan said Newcastle need 3-4 experienced players, and 3-4 more youngsters for cover and future players, which sounds a wise way to move forward. Cover, not replacement, imo, is needed for Enrique, Beye, Viduka & Butt (well, okay, rotation with the last two, an understudy for the first two). A flat out replacement for Geremi, and cover for both wings (youngsters) also needed. That’s three new major players (Butt, Viduka, & Geremi) and four squad players/youngsters. Right about what Keegan said, iirc.


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