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Keegan Wants A Win Against Chelsea

7:19 pm, Thursday, May 1st, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

The Newcastle fans should be treated to a great game this coming Monday afternoon, in the very last game at St. James’ Park this season against European Champions League finalists Chelsea.

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Kevin Keegan – wants a good performance from Newcastle on Monday


Our Newcastle team have done really great these last few weeks and they’ve all done their level best to make this season a better one to remember for Newcastle fans. The team has shown great character, a fact that wasn’t always evident earlier in the season.

But with Kevin Keegan now at the helm, anything is possible next season, and it will be a great chance on Monday afternoon for the team to test themselves against a top class side.

Kevin Keegan talked about the upcoming Chelsea game to the Evening Chronicle today:

“I was talking to West Ham’s Alan Curbishley after our game at Upton Park on Saturday.” “They’ve got to go to Old Trafford on Saturday, and we’ve got Chelsea at home on the Monday.”

“I guess they might have the harder game on paper, but we’ve got a chance to go and see how far we’ve come. It’ll be a great atmosphere at St James.”.

“I really don’t care who wins the title, but I want us to put in a performance against Chelsea, and if by doing that we help Manchester United win the title, that’s just the way it goes.” “We’re trying to win a game.”

“No doubt about it, this is the greatest league in the world, and if you need that underlining just look at the league table and what’s to play for with two games left. It’s incredible.””

Chelsea played great last night, in a game that was anybody’s match until Lampard scored the vital penalty in extra time, and Chelsea’s second goal. Another goal from that man Didier Drogba, his second of the game, finally killed Liverpool off and Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners.

The last time Liverpool lost in the semi-final stage of the then European Cup was way back in 1965. That’s even before Celtic was the first British team to win the European Cup under the great Jock Stein in 1967. They beat Inter-Milan 2-1 in Lisbon, with our former goalkeeper Ronnie Simpson in goal for the Scottish giants. We remember it well.

Anyway, it was a great game last night and showed just how good English teams are these days.

But Chelsea deserved to win the game and showed some great spirit, led by Frank Lampard, who of course had only recently lost his mother. It was a very emotional game for Frank, after he had missed the last 3 games because of his mother’s death, but he came through it looking like the great player he is.

It was certainly an emotional moment for Frank, when he rammed home the penalty then saluted his mother – you just cannot make this stuff up – and it was a dramatic and touching moment for the TV viewers all around the world.

Newcastle fans will be able to see Frank Lampard and the rest of the Chelsea stars, as they surely will be at full strength for the Newcastle game, on Monday afternoon.

In their last 5 games at St, James’ Park Chelsea have lost 3 and drawn the other two, so Newcastle usually do very well against their London opponents at St. James’ Park.

Since their last victory at St James’ Park in the Premier League, Chelsea have lost three and drawn the other two games with Newcastle.

It promises to be an extra special game on Monday, and of course the game is already a complete sell out.

Comments welcome.



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16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Hamas (51times) // May 1, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    I’m going for 1 – 1 with goals from Drogba and Owen.

  • 2 obafemimartins // May 1, 2008 at 7:31 PM

    To Ed,
    Chelsea won 3-2 as babel scored in extra time for liverpool. Hamas i think a draw would be a fair result but i think we should get penalty at the end to annoy them even more.

  • 3 Leo // May 1, 2008 at 7:34 PM

    i dont mind, just hope we play well and the atmosphere is good. i dont mind as long as these things are present.

  • 4 Leo // May 1, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    obafemimartins- more like even out past injustices…. haha

  • 5 yet_another_indian_toon // May 1, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Play well, good attacking football. Keep the ball, and defend from the front. KISS, and it will be a beautiful game of football, a game to remember.

  • 6 richie // May 1, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    i think wel win if we play our usual 4 3 3, i really think were actually a better side then we prob think

    thats why the siginings this summer are key

  • 7 Benn..Geordie Down South // May 1, 2008 at 8:21 PM

    Im Going For Newcastle 4 – Chelski 3.. optimistic but thiink thiis will be a very entertaining match..

  • 8 JEFF // May 1, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    DOES ANYONE KNOW IF THE CHELSEA MATCH IS ON SKY OR SETANTA ?????

  • 9 GazzaToon // May 1, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    its on sky 4 o clock kick off

  • 10 valle // May 1, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    I think we can win this, and i hope we do… Im just sad that we can end up handing Utd the title… Would rather it was them we played.

  • 11 Punk Skunk // May 1, 2008 at 10:38 PM

    Aye Valle!..

  • 12 Cyprus Mag // May 2, 2008 at 7:19 AM

    I’m with you Valle. I hate to think of that odious git Fergie winning the Prem.

  • 13 Graeme // May 2, 2008 at 9:27 AM

    A win would be ace, but a great performance is even more important.

    Chelski cant afford not to win, so they will be looking to kill us off as soon as they can to then rest players in the 2nd half. We need to get at them from the off, cant allow them to settle for a second.

    This has the makings of a great game to watch and looking forward to it.

  • 14 Eric // May 2, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    We must beat the Chelsea Bun Boys whether it gives Manky Utd the title or not. The only time we should be concerned about who wins the title is next season – when we must have a team that can challenge for it. Chelsea? Most of their so-called fans who are locals from down-town south of the river Battersea (of dogs home fame). Very few from the Kings Road (Queens Road?), Pimlico or South Kensington. They lack the true fan base and heritage possessed by NUFC. London team? Years ago Chelsea was part of Middlesex – back to the Kings Road eh?

  • 15 Marguerite // May 2, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    I just hope we can end the season on a high and the team give us an exciting game. Hate manure but not enough to see us drop points.

    I wonder what the pre / post match entertainment will be for our last home match of the season? We need something to take us out on a high. Is our baritone going to sing the Blaydon Races – I thought that was top drawer- or have the club something else up their sleeves? I just hope it is a match we can sign off with smiles on our faces. Howay the Toon.

  • 16 Eric // May 2, 2008 at 9:48 AM

    Dead right Graeme. We have got to take the game to Chelsea. No slip ups. Show them NUFC rules on Tynside and on Monday for 90 minutes on Thames side too.




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