Damien Duff was the star of the show today, especially in the second half, as he scored two of his three goals to record his first ever hat-trick for Newcastle United.
Damien has not had a particularly pleasant two years on Tyneside, and he has scored only two competitive goals for the club, one in each of the last two seasons.
So today, while just a pre-season game, it shows he may already have come under the Kevin Keegan magic wand, because weâ€™re sure Kevin has told him he needs to score more goals at the club, and thatâ€™s exactly what he did today, and all 3 goals were well taken.
Some of us (like me), who think he should be moved on in the summer, may have to think again.Â 😀
But it’s credit to Damien who played all out, especially in the second half, and certainly on this display he doesn’t think his career is over at Newcastle. It also would appear that Kevin Keegan is starting to extract the best form out of the experienced Irishman, which is great to see.
Danny Guthrie made his debt in the second half and within 8 minutes had made a goal for Damien Duff, and then helped himself to another for a tremendous start to his Newcastle career. Danny couldn’t have dreamed of a better start to his career on Tyneside, and we know Keegan thinks the world of him.
Newcastleâ€™s class really showed in the second half, but until then it was a closely contested game with Hartlepool going ahead after just 16 minutes, but it was a poor goal from Newcastleâ€™s viewpoint.
Joel Porter sprung Matty Robson clear with a ball that went behind the Newcastle back four, and the winger shot nicely past the oncoming Shay Given. But we think the Newcastle back-line will need to look at what happened, because they seemed to be opened up far too easily.
Newcastle introduced youngsters 20 year-old Fraser Forster, and 18 year olds Ben Tozer and Callum Morris, for some first team experience in the second half, and they all had good run-outs.
This was a good performance from the lads, and we shouldn’t forget we have some very good players already in the squad, although everybody and their uncle knows it’s a very small squad.
Yes, this was also against Hartlepool United, who are not a PL team, but we think Kevin will be pleased with a lot of the performances he saw today, and while our squad is admittedly very small, it seems packed with quality.
We shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, but after the trials and tribulations of the last 3 weeks, this is a promising performance from the lads, and we know Kevin has been doing his job over the last 2 weeks, that’s for sure.
Now to get those 5 new players into the club – will Arda be next? Â 😀