Kevin is back from his meeting with billionaire owner Mike Ashley, and is preparing the team for tomorrowâ€™s game at Everton.
Kevin Keegan – professional approach tomorrow
Keegan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œIt is important for everybody that we go to Everton tomorrow and put in a good performance. I am going to put the strongest team out I possibly can because thatâ€™s my job.â€
â€œThere might be a couple of youngsters on the bench, but we have still got a strong enough squad to go down there and give Everton a run for their money on their own patch.â€
Everton will only need a draw with Newcastle to guarantee themselves UEFA Cup football next season.
The good news from Newcastle is that Everton player Tim Cahill, is still injured and will miss the game.
Everton have missed Timâ€™s creativity in midfield recently, and they havenâ€™t exactly been playing too well lately.
â€œIf we were to reverse the two halves against Chelsea then the fans would have gone away a lot happier.â€
â€œDonâ€™t get me wrong we werenâ€™t unhappy with the performance but we played well in the first half and then we really could not get into it in the second.â€
â€œBut if we can put in 90 minutes tomorrow like the first 45 minutes against Chelsea, then we would fancy our chances of getting a good result at Everton and thatâ€™s our aim.”
We have a feeling that Newcastle will finish on a high note tomorrow, at least we certainly hope so. We’ll be missing Viduka and Barton and we’d like to see young Andy Carroll get a start or at least get some decent playing time tomorrow.
We think Smith may start for Viduka, which doesn’t exactly excite us too much.
But given all the hullabaloo of this week, it would be very nice to at least finish with a win – and against Everton that would be an excellent result.