Kevin Keegan seemed to be quite satisfied with the workout the Newcastle team got this afternoon at Doncaster.
Kevin Keegan – quite satisfied with the game today
After 87 minutes Doncaster Rovers striker Stuart Elliott scored the only goal of the game, which was played in unusually hot conditions, with the temperature around 77 degrees Fahrenheit for the majority of the game.
Despite the loss, Kevin was happy and as upbeat as ever, as he said after the game:
“It was a really hot day and a few players got 90 minutes under their belt,”Â Â “We go to Majorca next and if it’s any hotter than this I’ll be surprised.”
“It was a good surface and it was a really good work out.”Â “Nobody tried to kick each other and there was some good football played.”
“You don’t like losing games to a soft goal but we did create a few chances.”Â “We had ten players missing today for different reasons, so we’ve got something to add to that.”
Talking for the first time about the tragic death of Oba Martins’ mother in Lagos Nigeria last week, Kevin said:
“I told him to go home,”
“It’s just a terrible thing to lose your mother. He’ll come back when he’s ready, however long it needs to take.”
“He’s a very fit boy and has done all his pre-season and will not be lacking too much in that department.”
We know Oba was very close to his mother, and it may take the youngster some time to get over the terrible shock that it must have been.
So we should assume he will now miss the start of the season, and we’re sure that’s the way Kevin and the club are thinking.
It’s just such a terrible blow for the youngster.