Kevein Keegan as ever was looking on the bright side, after last night’s disappointing display against Hertha Berlin.
Kevin Keegan – game will do the lads a world of good
For the second game in a row, a poorly conceded late goal took Newcastle to a 1-0 defeat, but in a 3 team tournament it must we hard to win anything now.
Kevin revealed after the 1-0 defeat last night that some of his players had lost up to 3 kilos in weight (6.6lbs), in the humid conditions in the stadium.
However, Kevin still believes that Newcastle’s five-day stay on the Balearic Isle is ideal preparation for his squad, and he’s probably right.
It’s certainly a beautiful place to stay, if a little hot.
Kevin said after the game:
“It was a good workout, especially given the heat,” “You never like getting beat but from the point of view of pre-season it was good.”
“Some players lost as much as three kilos because of how hot it was but, like I said, it was a good workout.”
“There’s lots of things we can improve on but that’s why you have pre-season games.”
“We haven’t done a lot of work on shape and set-pieces so far because our onus has been on fitness.”
Damien Duff looked all action again in the second half, and he now looks like a transformed player under Kevin Keegan, all action, determination and spirit, and young Charles N’Zogbia is also looking good.
But our two men up front, Ameobi and Smith, may not be good enough for this squad.
We know Shola will be on his way soon, and we also expected Smith to be leaving in the summer, because we just cannot see him get a game, once Owen, Martins, Viduka and Carroll return. So we thought leaving would be in his best interests, so he would get a game elsewhere.
It’s these matches that are Alan’s big chance to shine, but he isn’t taking that chance, and looked fairly hopeless last night.
Oh well, let’s see if we can take Real Mallorca apart on Sunday night, as preparation for what we’ll do at Manchester United in a couple of weeks time. 😀