Kevin Keegan seemed to be a happy man this afternoon,Â satisfied with a good performance from his team, as they handled Hartlepool United very well, after the first 30 minutes or so was competitive.
Danny Guthrie – while at Bolton
And Kevin was full of praise for the man of the match Damien Duff, who has lost some weight over the summer.
The former Chelsea and Blackburn winger is having his very first full pre-season for a number of years, and he certainly opened everybody’s eyes today, with an excellent performance.
Duff – excellent display and 3 goals
Kevin talked after the game about Damien:
“He looks very sharp,”Â “It’s the first time in three or four years that he has had a pre-season.”
“He has missed all pre-season training in the last three and any pro will tell you, that is of major importance to get that in because it gives you a base for the season.”
“He has looked very sharp. He says his weight is down to what it was when he was 17, 18, and he looked like a 17 or 18-year-old out there.”
“He was very good and the three goals were nice to see. He has worked very, very hard, as have all the players.”
Today’s win also saw a great start to his Newcastle career by young Danny Guthrie, who had an assist for Duff, and scored himself, all within 8 minutes of him coming on at half time.
Keegan seems to like Danny a lot, and thinks he will go on to become a big hit on Tyneside:
“He was very good. I wanted to play him from the start, but he has just had a little bit of a problem,” “They do get a lot of niggles at this time of the year.”
“He has had a little bit of a problem with sore shins, so we just backed off.” “But he came on for the second half and within four or five minutes, he had made a goal and scored a goal.”
“I think he will be a tremendous asset to us. He is a typical Liverpool player, he passes the ball really well and you don’t see him give it away very often.”
“The goal was probably a bonus.”
Newcastle fans at the game were also impressed with Danny, who looked an absolute steal at just around Â£2M – another great buy by Keegan.
It’s hard to grumble at the players Kevin has brought in so far.
And if the next four or five are anywhere near as good as Gutierrez and Guthrie, then things will start to buzz on Tyneside again, that’s for sure.