Chelsea Good Test For Newcastle


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

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Geremi – playing well out on the right for Newcastle

Geremi talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“It’s a very good test for us – we’re looking forward to it,” “It’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.”

“As a player you want to play games against those types of teams and it’s a game where you can show how good you are.”

“It’s a special game – and not just for me because I used to play for them. It’s the last game at home in front of our home crowd and we have to send them away hopeful about next season.”

“The 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.”

Newcastle had one of their off days on Saturday – 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.

Geremi added:

“We didn’t play well, but it shows what good spirit we have in the team – we play well and we’re fighting for each other. We’ve been fighting all this season.”“Before 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. We’ve got our confidence back and now I look around and there are a lot of players around me who are willing to fight.”

“The manager always says to us: ‘Never give up – always continue to fight, always continue to battle’. And we showed that against West Ham. It was very good and we deserved it – it was a good point to get.”

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.

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5 comments so far

  • Hamas (51times)

    Apr 30, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #1

    It’s on TV so all I hope is that we don’t get hammered. If we were to draw I’d be happy.

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  • Viper

    Apr 30, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ll be watching with hope that we do not lose!
    I fact, that we beat the fckrz back down to the filth of ‘the city’!

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  • Leo

    Apr 30, 2008 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #3

    howay lads, hopefully thay graham guy is going to sing the blaydon races before the game again because he really phyced up the fans

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  • Graeme

    Apr 30, 2008 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #4

    I believe NUFC can actually beat chelski but it will take one hell of an effort to do it. If we get a draw or even lose, I dont think anyone would be that suprised and it wont be a disatser as long as we fight every inch of the way and make the B’stards earn anything they get.

    Next season promises to be the start of (yet) another revival – I just hope it goes one step further than the last time KK managed the toon.

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  • steve

    Apr 30, 2008 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I hope we kick thier arses, they keep going on about how Manure may drop points against West Ham and think they just have to turn up to claim all 3 points against us. I hate thier style of football, it was one thing playing this style under a manager with a huge likable personality but under dull grant its even worse.
    Much as I dislike manure they’ve played some good football this season and deserve to win the premiership – we’ll show them how to do it in style next season 🙂

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