Keegan Magnanimous In Defeat

Kevin Keegan was quick to give full credit to David Moyes and Everton after Sunday’s 3-1 defeat at Goodison Park.


Kevin Keegan – tribute to Moyes and Everton

Everton made sure of 5th place in the Premier League today and qualification for next season’s UEFA Cup.

Newcastle were second best this afternoon for most of the game, and went behind in the 29th minute when Yakubu headed home Manuel Fernandes’ free-kick.

Yakubu seemed to have scored again after 34 minutes but Lescott was flagged for offside. TV replays showed he was only fractionally offside, if not actually level.

Michael Owen (47) leveled the scores from the penalty spot just after the break, but Newcastle then tailed off and Joleon Lescott (70) and Yakubu (82), with a penalty, finished off Newcastle.

Steve Harper was very busy, to say the least, and he was easily Newcastle’s best player, and will be hard to displace next season, that’s for sure.

After the game Kevin Keegan was magnanimous in his praise for Everton as he said:

“Everton are an inspiration to everyone.”

“They haven’t got a massive squad but they made good investment in the summer with players such as Yakubu, Lescott and Jagielka.”

“They have finished fifth and that’s a terrific achievement.”

“They have a got a good squad and a great togetherness and a lot of very good professionals.”

“But if they can do it then why can’t we?”

Good words from Kevin, which will lighten up some Newcastle fans.

After watching the game today, we’d love to see young N’Zogbia stay at the Toon.

He looked what he is this afternoon – a young exciting player who will be a crowd favorite wherever he goes.

Charles got the penalty for us today when he was just too skillful for Yobo.  He also played with good spirit – hopefully because he wants to stay.   😀

But make no mistake that Everton were much the better side today, and the scoreline could have been a lot worse, if Steve Harper hadn’t produced heroics in the Newcastle goal.

Surely, there cannot be many better English goalkeepers than Harper on his performance both today and overall since January. Well done Steve today.
Comments welcome.

94 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    May 11, 2008 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #1

    Rumours that Moyles is gonna take over from Straken (umm however it’s spelt) and he deserves it imo, done really well for Everton and yes we were beaten easily by the better team today.

  • Ashton

    May 11, 2008 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #2

    When does the transfer window open ?

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Everton could have easily have given Moyes the boot when they hovered around the relegation zone a couple of seasons ago but are now getting their loyalty repaid.
    A disapointing season for the toon, it looks like we may need to take two steps back to go one forward. Would love to see at least half the current squad shown the door. I’m all for a structured pay system too, doesn’t do Arsenal any harm.

  • Taiwantoon

    May 11, 2008 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Arsenal has a higher wage total than we do, and they’ve lose the service of Flamini due to the salary cap.

    Don’t get me wrong, I think the wage should be controlled. I just don’t feel it should start with Owen as he is one of our most important player at the moment. We should start with removing the dead woods IMO, not the one we apprently wanna to keep at the club.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #5

    Who got relegated?

  • valle

    May 11, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #6


  • valle

    May 11, 2008 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #7

    We really need to get one of the great players we have been linked with soon to get things rolling, the mood in our camp needs a boost and a signing would be the way to do that… Btw Diego is rumored to be unhappy in Werder Bremen, maybe we could step in… Here’s hoping

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Cheers Valle,
    Pleased Birmingham got relegated, can’t stand that Karen Brady and her crappy Sun column,
    she’s probably been through half the team as well……

  • valle

    May 11, 2008 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #9

    Hmm, i dunno why but Fulham just dont seem like a team i would want in the EPL over B’mingham and Reading.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #10

    Would’ve liked Reading to have stayed up but you had to feel sorry for Roy Hodgson as he looked like he was going to bubble after most of their recent games. Steve Coppell will probably resign imo.

  • emre89

    May 11, 2008 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Alan smiths fault that we lost as usual, cant remember the last game we won with him.

    Alan smith is terrible,
    nzogbia is world class

  • daiv

    May 11, 2008 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #12

    SMITH is the worst player to wear nufc shirt in 20 YEARS

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #13

    that’s a bit harsh……you never see Bassedas play then or Daniel Cordone?

  • Leo

    May 11, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #14

    yep alan smith is so useless.

    lets see all of the people slating charlie nzogbia come out now he will stay which i was certain of before todays game and hopeful of still, what do you lot think?

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #15

    N’zogbia can be great but I can’t remember him having too many good games against top clubs
    (usually Arsenal)

  • Hamas (51times)

    May 11, 2008 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #16

    Wonder if N’Zogbia will want to stay now? Who in London will buy him?

  • Rob Kirton

    May 11, 2008 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #17

    It was a very strange interview with Keegan on Radio Newcastle. First of all he delayed speaking to the press, then prevented the players speaking to them. This caused some speculation in the studio until he did eventually make an appearance.

    He was very guarded in what he said about next years plans and although saying some of the right things, seemed very downbeat in his tone of voice.

    I suspect he has almost had a gagging order passed on him by Ashley; which is fine if that is Ashley’s wish. Keeping the players quiet was also interesting.

    We have been slagging off the press about stories relating to our proposed clamp down on salaries. I wonder if our proposed cutting back on Owen’s next contract salary has been leaked by him or his agent. When you think about it, it is highly unlikely that any of the NUFC management team would leak such a thing. In which case all such stories may come to a halt if tonight was anything to go by. I suspect the highly secretive Ashley has absolutely clamped down on what can and can’t be said by Keegan and the players. As anybody who lives in the real world understands what constitutes reasonable conduct – methinks the playing staff and manager may have been made aware of what it is.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Interesting Rob, I always enjoy your contributions as you are obviously an intelligent and thoughtful guy, what’s your take on the next couple of months’ at St James?

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #19

    Hammy: What are you saying? That you don’t remember N’Zogbia playing well against Arsenal?

    so? He has played against Arsenal, what 2-3-4 times? And he didn’t play well against them? I don’t see your point. I think he is a quality player but obviously he will not shine as much against teams that beat us thorougly..

    Anyways, if he doesn’t want to play for us then he can bugger off. If he does, then I’d love for him to stay. Quality player.

    PS: What do you guys prefer – for us to keep our 4-3-3 or to switch to 4-4-2? I like 4-4-2 a lot in general, but perhaps 4-3-3 is the only way we can play Oba AND Owen since we need more height up there?

  • daiv

    May 11, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #20

    KK will leave some time before the three years are over. He expected more money and will not stay here to keep us mid table. He wants to win something and I suspect does not believe he is being backed financially. We were apparently well beaten by the 5th team and he has realized how big the job is. Still if he keeps picking SMITh we’ll get relegated. I have some sympathy with Ashley mind you. KK just wants to spend yet I am sick of very poor players costing a load and receiving massive salaries. I know we have to pay over the odds to attract quality (why? NUFC is God’s land but these numptyplayers do not realize that they would be gods if they could win something…preferably the league then I can die contented) bur are you aware that the top earner at Arsenal is £60K ..Gallas .(Abedyour is on £40) and SMITH is on £65K a WEEK. I can see why MA wants to trim the wage bill because it is obscene for rubbish players. We have the 5th highest wage bill but do we finish fifth? nowhere near it. It cannot go on.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #21

    While I rate the Zog, I just pointedly remember him not performing particularly well against top clubs, he knows full well Wenger likes him and he just has not performed to his normal standard when playing le Arse. That’s only my opinion of course, I’m not saying that his agent is a money grabbing shit stirrer who has been messing with his head or anything like that.

  • daiv

    May 11, 2008 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #22

    been supporting Toon for 46 years. Bassedas and Cordone were rubbish but SMith is the worst. It does not help that he is on £65K a week. Daylight robbery.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #23

    If top players ditched their nagging, highly shaggable wives I’m sure we’d have no trouble attracting top players. London is a stinking shit hole, We should have kept BAMBURGH as the nation’s capital.

  • Toon_Ksk

    May 11, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #24

    KK got to admit our current squad is not good enough. There are alot of work to do to get to 5th spot.

    We need to be as strong as teams like Spurs, Blackburn, Portsmouth and Everton before we can actually go for 5th spot. If not next season is going to be the same as this season.

  • Hammy

    May 11, 2008 at 8:00 PM

    Comment #25

    I suppose you are right…do you reckon Fergie enjoyed winning the Premiership the most or getting £5million for Smith??

  • OzZyMagpiE

    May 11, 2008 at 8:04 PM

    Comment #26

    lol true daiv smith is horrible.. would take ketsbaia over him any day…… dun u think bramble & marcelino for thier countless mistakes, deserve a shout for worst player to ever wear the shirt? ah wut da hell… smith is da worse! yep ur right hammy fergie won the title Bcoz he sold smith to us!

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #27


    Fair enough. I guess I am not to bothered about how he has done in a couple of games against one specific opposition, but rather how he does in general, what his potential is, what his qualities are, and whether he is willing to fight for this club.

    Players I would like out of the club:

    Smith, Ameobi, Rozenhal, Cacapa, Duff (over the hill)

    I think we need to strengthen with a LB, CB, DM and a midfielder. We also look a bit weak at RB but that’s perhaps not as great of a priority.

    Crouch 11m
    Shorey 5.5m
    Sol Campbell free
    Upson 8m
    Veloso 15m /Gattuso 10m/Christian Poulsen 8m

    That would leave us with (in preferred order):


    GK: Harper, Given, Krul/Foster (send one out on loan)
    LB: Shorey, Enrique
    RB: Beye, Edgar (CB I know, but get him some experience first)
    CB: Upson, Faye, Taylor, Sol

    DM: Veloso, Butt
    LCM: Zoggy, Milner
    RCM: Barton, Geremi

    Strikers: Owen, Oba, Crouch, Carroll, Viduka, (Lua-Lua could play up front in a freer role)

    If we could afford a deeper-lying striker such as Gudjohnson or Elmandr as well, that would be great as I am unsure about how many games Viduka can play for us next season (Old, injured, high wages….)

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    In extension of my previous comment, that would allow us to play following formation:





    Which I think is quite a quality team…

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 8:30 PM

    Comment #29

    Thoughts on Kahlenberg Danish_Magpie?

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Kahlenberg is a good player, who has done well in France and for the national team since he moved abroad from the Danish league. I used to watch him a lot when he was part of quite a strong Brøndby side a few seasons back (Him, Agger, Elmander etc.) and I’ve always thought him to be a good player. He is skillsful, good vision, creative, really nice passing. He is not a tough player, but not exceedingly weak either. He has played both on the left and through the middle. Comparing him to our current players, he is probably most like Emre in terms of his style of play. He would actually slot in quite nicely on the left of a 3-man midfield.. I think he would make a good premiership footballer and he would develop into a great little player, but never world class… in my opinion of course 🙂

  • Yorkie Dave

    May 11, 2008 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #31

    No No No. Please no more people saying Peter Crouch is worth signing for our club. the guy is awkward, weak and if he came here he would get whats been coming a long time. two broken legs. We should be getting rid of “Bambi” this summer so why on hell replace him with another Bambi style player.
    Im not optimistic about who we going to sign at all this summer. Out should go:

    The current team are ok but mid table is not good enough for us. Ashleys wage cap wont work especially if we are going for 5th place each year. As he wants we want top 4 each year. Whats C Ronaldo on nowadays??? We need to be pushing clubs like Valencia to sell their stars to us. Make alliances with clubs that are financially in trouble and take their players.
    Id quite happily take, Silva, Villa and Sunny off their hands but there goes bout £30 million at the least. Silva could own our left wing. Sunny could learn the trade off Butt and as for Villa he would knock on MV’s door and just tell him he is no longer needed!!! GREAT STRIKER!!!!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #32

    Yep. We should buy him, suggested him a few times and thought he could be the creative player we need, and porbably on the cheap aswell. Takes a good free kick too.

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Rasmussen looks a good striker for Brondby aswell.

    Possible replacement for Viduka?

  • Yorkie Dave

    May 11, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #34

    Not a bad team there Danis_Magpie but would be better by taking a shotgun to crouchs’ head and playing with 10 men!!!!!

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #35

    No no. Morten ‘Duncan’ Rasmussen does get a few goals but he will never be able to make it in the premiership. He is too slow, not skillful, and doesn’t shoot well enough. He is good in the Danish league, but I think he would struggle qute a bit in a better league. I would stay well clear of him 🙂 At Brøndby right now we would be better off watching their two young right-backs Randrup (recently given full international debut) and esp. 18-year old Daniel Wass. He will be a really good player. As will Tobias Mikkelsen whose skill and dribbling is great (winger). Other than them, in the Danish league I would say a couple of the young African players at FC Midtjylland such as Salami (linked with Chelsea about a year ago) and Baba Collins (young forward) are the best prospects.. That, and FC Copenhagen’s Mathias Zanka Jørgensen. People are comparing him to Agger here, even though he is only 17 he has played quite a bit for FC Copenhagen (who are usually reluctant to field youngsters..)..

  • valle

    May 11, 2008 at 8:58 PM

    Comment #36

    Tom Toon… As much as i would like to see a Dane in our starting 11, i have to say that you are getting ahead of yourself mate. Rasmussen is NOT of the class we need to push for 5th… If im honest, the only Danes i could see do really well for us is Poulsen and Laursen, and still i would prefer Veloso and Metzelder.

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #37


    I would not argue with you that Crouch is lanky and looks awkward as hell on a pitch… BUT he does produce the goods. He has more skill than one would assume at first glance, and his goal pr. minute ratio is impressive! He is a very useful player who I am sure most opposing teams hate to play against, and he does give you someone to aim for in the box when crossing… I just think that he is one of the best big-man strikers we could realistically get. Gomis would be exciting but seems expensive. Ashton is another good shout..

  • Tom_Toon

    May 11, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #38

    Chrisitan Poulsen or Simon?

    Im assuming Christian as Simon doesn’t seem very good when i see him play.

    Rasmussen is pretty strong and powerful. Thats my thinking behind it. But you obviously see him more than me.

    What about that Zimling fella who was linked with Udinese a few months back?

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #39

    valle – You Danish?

    Danes who have the quality to play for us…. certainly Poulsen who would be a great capture for DM but he would need some convincing to come here, I think..

    Bendtner surely would be able to do a job fo us too 😉 But yeah, Arsene wont let him go..

    I like Leon Andreasen of Fulham quite a bit but he hasn’t been great for them. He might just need get used to the prem because I think he is a very complete box-to-box midfielder, good defensively and a decent pass and shot on him. Then there is Kahlenberg who we discussed, and Martin Laursen who just signed a new contract at Villa, and Agger who Liverpool would prob not sell.

    And no, the rest would not strengthen our team..

  • Danish_Magpie

    May 11, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #40

    Simon might develop into a good player. He is only 22 and does have some attributes that could make him a strong winger in the future.. But right now he doesn’t play regularly for AZ and wouldn’t be good enough for us..

    You are right that Rasmussen is fairly strong and a decent header of the ball, but even then I wonder if you compare him to premiership footballers if he is really that powerful.. I am not quite sure. Your thinking is right, I just don’t think he is quite up to par.

    Zimling is a good player and a good prospect. I think he would need a stepping stone before coming to us though.. Maybe a good german team or a crap prem team or something for a bit, because I don’t think he is quite ready.. Not a bad player though.


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