Geremi is just one one player that Kevin Keegan has got the very best out of since he took over the club again in mid January, and he thinks our game against Chelsea will be a good test for the team
Geremi – playing well out on the right for Newcastle
Geremi talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:
â€œItâ€™s a very good test for us â€“ weâ€™re looking forward to it,â€ â€œItâ€™s important to get into the top-six next season and to do that we have to test ourselves against the best and see if we compete.â€
â€œAs a player you want to play games against those types of teams and itâ€™s a game where you can show how good you are.â€
â€œItâ€™s a special game â€“ and not just for me because I used to play for them. Itâ€™s the last game at home in front of our home crowd and we have to send them away hopeful about next season.â€
â€œThe manager has drilled into us how important it is to challenge next year and it is important that we finish the season well. We want to take some momentum with us into next season.â€
Newcastle had one of their off days on Saturday â€“ at least in the first 40 minutes when they saw themselves 2-0 down. But they amazingly were level 2-2 at the break and it was some magic from Oba Martins that did the trick. One great opportunist goal and then a powerful shot that Geremi glanced into the goal and Newcastle were level at half time.
â€œWe didnâ€™t play well, but it shows what good spirit we have in the team â€“ we play well and weâ€™re fighting for each other. Weâ€™ve been fighting all this season.â€â€œBefore we went on this run I would have been worried if we went 2-0 down but not now.”
“At the beginning of the season when other teams were winning two or three-nil it was game over but not now. Weâ€™ve got our confidence back and now I look around and there are a lot of players around me who are willing to fight.â€
â€œThe manager always says to us: â€˜Never give up â€“ always continue to fight, always continue to battleâ€™. And we showed that against West Ham. It was very good and we deserved it â€“ it was a good point to get.â€
Geremi has come into his own on the right hand side of midfield under Keegan. One of his tendencies, as was evident in the first half on Saturday, is that he gives the ball away too much with stray passes. That’s an area that Kevin will have talked to him about.
But no doubt it’s going to be a classic game against Chelsea on Monday afternoon – and we have to be in with a chance to take all 3 points – but only if we are at our very best.