Kevin Keegan Verdict – Good Workout

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,”   “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.”  “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.”  “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.

Comments welcome.

56 comments so far

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #1

    Could we really want a better man in charge of our club – Keegan is a gentleman, he must be an inspiration to his players!

  • Alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #2

    That’s why we are going to be a much better team this season Black and white Blood. Keegan is pure class and that rubs off on everyone around him.

  • Punk Skunk

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #3

    KK, wor secret weapon!..

  • TC

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #4

    Wor Kev! Proud to be a Geordie…

  • Mad_Magpie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #5
  • Alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #6

    If you believe that report then Arsenal are in deep trouble . Senderos does not really excite me though , for that sort of fee we could do a lot better . So as the article says even Wenger admits that the guy is not good enough for the highest level

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #7

    I agree with Keegan. That’s no reason to worry. We absolutely could win that game.

    First, it’s just a preparation. We’re missing too much players. The bench seemed like the Reserves Team. And we lost because of an individual mistake. This things happen sometimes. No worry, the team played well, despite the missings.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #8

    Sorry – bit of a Highjack…

    Would all you die hard Toon fans both young and old please sign the online petition to have Jossys Giants released on DVD – Anything to promote NUFC..! All you older ones, remember finishing school and racing home to catch JG on TV – Am I hitting a mid life crises or what?

    Thanks guys

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #9

    Well, I really don’t like to say that friendlies are some shit. No, but it’s a preparation.

    And maybe Oba’s case had influence into the squad.

  • Alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #10

    black and White Blood i thought that my mid life crisis was bad .but each to there own as a fellow Toon fan i will sign the petition.

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Id love Senderos to come.

  • reedy

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #12

    yeah i agree with alex, you should not read too much into preseason results black and white blood. Especially when so many of the first team squad werent even playing

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Alex – I fully agree with you.

    Just hearing Keegan fills me with confidence, unlike most managers, Keegan loves the club…

    this speaks volumes…

  • sweendog

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #14

    After this an obvious need for a creative midfielder .. even though it was a friendly how many clear goal chances did we get??

  • Irish John

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #15

    think senderos would be a great little siging…Couple years ago he looked immense for Arsenal..

    What age is he now? anyone know?

  • Tom_Toon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    only just turned 23.

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #17

    God how players have changed….Ronaldo springs to mind…

  • sweendog

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #18

    senderos .. brings back memories of titus shambles .. no positional sense ..

  • sweendog

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #19
  • Nick C

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #20

    I just got back from Doncaster. Newcastle were pathetic apart from Guthrie and Bassong. Smith and Ameobi were playing against three young foreign trialists and did nothing. Our crowd seemed very drunk at first, then as the afternoon wore on and hangovers kicked in there was the beginnings of Ashley abuse to be heard. Dark days.

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #21

    Wouldnt object to Senderos but £6 Mill is a bit steep.

  • Nick C

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #22

    Please could all you guys say a prayer for Kenneth Rowe. A Geordie lad and a member of our family who was killed with his dog in Afghanistan this week. It is all over the news. A handsome 25 year old with his full life in front of him snuffed out for no reason.

  • Neil Snowdon

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Dear Ed,

    Just got back from Donnie. Lovely day today in the Uk. Everything marvelous apart from the result at the Keepmoat. Some observations first hand :

    Bassong looked cultured and assured at centre back. He’s tall and has pace. Hard to judge against a rather weak Rovers strike force how he would fare against top class strikers, but he did his chances of a transfer no harm today.

    Guthrie is industrious and a good passer. As he tired some of his passes went astray, but he is willing and seems determined to make a mark.

    N’Zogbia warmed up well after a quiet start and was our best performer imo.

    Tim Krul pulled off two excellent saves, one immediately after he came on. Isn’t it ironic that we have 4 or 5 top class performers in goal. Oh for the same level in other areas of the pitch!

    Enrique’s slip probably underlined that we need competition there. Yes, I know he has potential, but I feel a Shorey or some other experienced defender is a must.

    Ameobi showed yet again why he will not make the grade at the highest level. He had two gilt edged chances, but his strike ratio is too low and he fluffed both badly.

    Smith, unfortunately, proved what we all can see. Post injury he lacks pace, guile to find space and only when he reverted to midfield late on did he make a positive pass forward.

    It was good to see the lads on the pitch after weeks of theorising on the blog.



  • Alex

    Jul 26, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #24

    How was Donnys Ameobi , was he any better than his brother ? If so maybe we could do a swap . Little brother for big brother plus Smith 🙂

  • Chris

    Jul 26, 2008 at 11:59 PM

    Comment #25

    @ Nick C, sorry to hear your bad news mate, my condolences to all your family.

    RIP Kenneth Rowe.

  • Richard D

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:03 AM

    Comment #26

    Neil Snowdon, I agree the best chant of the match was “Ameobi sign for west brom”.
    If he’d took ten shots at John Lennon then he would still be alive.,get rid. Smith wasn’t much better though !!!!

  • Black and White Blood

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:05 AM

    Comment #27

    Nick C – so sorry to here of such news, my thoughts are with his family at this sad time.

    We owe these boys so much out there, I for one say THANK YOU – Its people like these that make our world a safe place.

  • Nick C

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:10 AM

    Comment #28

    Thanks lads. He is a hero.

  • 51times

    Jul 27, 2008 at 12:25 AM

    Comment #29

    Nick C – It always saddens me when I hear one of our boys in Iraq or Afghanistan has died, it’s even worse that he was a Geordie. My condolences to you and your family in this dark time.

  • domtoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #30

    Whilst I appreciate the enthusiam and optimism on this blog from some no doubt fantastic supporters, all I can say is this:

    It was Donny – we should have won outright.

    Any other team in the premiership would have managed at least an exciting draw and from what i’ve read (see – bastion of honesty and down to earth reporting ((no offence Ed…), we are severely lacking on all fronts.

    Keegan keeps talking in ‘hopefuls’, our players seem knackered, and our squad is incredibly thin.

    We must start signing players starting this week. Failure to do so will show only one thing – lack of intent and frighteningly shallow recruitment.

    I’m all for stability and professionalism (which the club appears to be doing very well), but come start of the season, we NEED some quality signings.

    Anyone who disagrees with the above I think is disillusioned. We need further strength in depth. We take 3-4 injuries next season and I’m sorry but I see only one outcome – relegation battle.

    Ho-hum :o|

    (PS posted again from the Donny 1-0 article – I’d like to know people’s responses – I was optimistic and had faith in the recruitment team, but that is quickly waning)

  • domtoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #31

    Nick C – my condolences pal – so very very sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, your family, and the Geordie life lost.

    Best wishes and God Bless.

  • richie

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:21 AM

    Comment #32

    nick c-sorry for your loss

    lads any thought on posible players coming in,,

    i hope the diouf story is true


    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:28 AM

    Comment #33

    Nick C – God bless!! our thoughts go out to all his


    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:32 AM

    Comment #34

    personally wouldnt like diouf!! at the club!! dirty dirty player! we would only be interested because he’s cheap!!


    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:38 AM

    Comment #35

    diouf has been linked with sunderland for £2.5million “sunday mirror”
    just all paper talk BS!! hope he goes there!!

  • Hadji

    Jul 27, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #36

    Nick..Please accept my condolences to you and your whole family.
    And i wish you all the strength in the world to survive this tragical death from your family member.
    R.I.P Keneth

  • domtoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 2:22 AM

    Comment #37

    I don’t want Diouf. No way I can cheer on a guy who played for a team I watched us pound 3-1 then afterwards when walking to the away pub saw him in his Ferrari doing the lap round the stadium’s roads (flash tool!!!!!) gave the middle finger too, had two fingers shown in return, then wanged my bottle at.

    No. Damn. WAY!!!!!

  • ScottyT

    Jul 27, 2008 at 3:47 AM

    Comment #38

    eh?!?! hv ppl gone mad. senderos is feckin sheet man! always tha weak link in arsenals defense. plz god dont let him come here. a take tha pee owt of me cockney m8 cos hes gt senderos man hes awful. nd i thort tom toon was sposed to be a gd ‘scout’ tut tut.

  • ToonLoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 4:37 AM

    Comment #39

    GIVEN 2 ARSNEL–news now web site

  • sirjasontoon

    Jul 27, 2008 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #40

    Senderos…please no !

    Just a quick one lads when Keegan came back and chatted with Mort and Ashley do you think he was promised more money than he was getting to spend at the moment?

    I know the media make stuff up but the phrase “war cheast” seemed to be flavour of the day around that time.

    I am all for a stable balanced Toon but if keegan is not backed as i said in january he will walk and that is the last thing i want.

    We seen what Keegan can do towards the end of last season and his passion and love for newcastle is infectious I just feel it will be such a shame if we lose Keegan a second time due to lack of financial backing…I am not asking for show pony players just players that want the chance to play their hearts out for our club.


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