Keegan Wants Big Response From Players

Kevin Keegan will impress on his players that they need to give the Newcastle fans something to shout about tonight, by going all out against hosts Real Mallorca in the Summer Cup.


Kevin Keegan – will urge his players to go all out

Newcastle, as expected, have been very well supported in Mallorca over the last few days, but the team performed way below par on Friday night to lose 1-0 to Hertha Berlin.

Newcastle came away with zero points while Hertha got 4 points – 3 points for a win, 1 point for a draw and 1 point for every goal scored.

The odds are now well against Newcastle to win the Cup, and the defeat on Friday has certainly taken some of the shine off tonight’s game.

Real Mallorca’s opening 4-2 win over Hannover 96 coupled with Newcastle’s 1-0 loss to Hertha Berlin means that Mallorca has 7 points, Hertha Berlin 4 points, Hannover 96 on 2 points and Newcastle still on a duck ( for US fans a duck is a zero score by the batsman in that venerable game of cricket).

Only a low-scoring Hannover victory, and a taking apart of the hosts by Newcastle tonight, would  give Newcastle the trophy. We like the sound of that “taking the hosts apart’ bit there – maybe we can do just that.

That’s what we should be aiming to do, and that’s all we can do, and that’s what we should try to do.

Newcastle are also facing the embarrassment of finishing the game at the bottom of the table, so Kevin is definitely looking for a good response from his team, after Friday’s dismal display.

Kavein talked to the Sunday Sun today:

“I seem to repeat myself every year — but the problem at this football club has always been getting a team to match the supporters.

“It’s a massive challenge for anybody to do that and it’s my challenge to do that at the moment.

“That’s what I will try to do and I’m doing my very best to do exactly that.”

Newcastle had a light session today before tonight’s game at the Bilboni Stadium, and they are without striker Shola Ameobi, who pulled a hamstring on Friday night, and is out for around 10 days.

Not sure who we’ll be playing up front tonight with Alan Smith, but we could do a lot worse than play James Milner there, since he started his career as a striker.

He cannot do much worse than Shola and Alan did on Friday night, that’s for sure.

We also have teenagers Frank Danquah and Ryan Donaldson on the trip, but we think Kevin is unlikely to play either of them, unless one of them has really impressed in training.

It could be James Milner, Damien Duff or even new signing Jonas Gutierrez as a makeshift forward tonight up front with Smith, who just must start scoring goals.

Kevin was a little concerned about the team’s lack of penetration in the final third of the field on Friday and he continued:

“We didn’t create enough chances on Friday.” “It’s always good to test yourself against European sides in pre-season.

“Hertha Berlin were a different type of opposition for us and that was a good test and that will be the same against Real Mallorca tonight.”

“The main thing for us is to get time on the pitch and get the new players integrated and from that point of view it has been very useful.”

“Being away from home has been very good for us too.” “To come out as a group and be together like this is good.”

“The morale in the squad is much better than when I first came in.” “But it can build up even more as players get into condition for the new season.

“The players were tired on Friday night because it’s been so hot over here, as you would expect at this time of year.”

“With the game being later on Sunday that will help us too and the players will step their game up because it’s against the host club Real Mallorca.

“You cannot really judge anybody on pre-season results though.” “They are nice to get but results are only part of pre-season until the season starts for real.”

Good words from Kevin again, and we’d like to see the lads go all out for a big win tonight – anything else will be disappointing.
Comments welcome.

47 comments so far

  • cockney magpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #1


  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #2

    Love KK and he loves NUFC imo there is no bigger fan of NUFC then KK he is NEWCASTLE UNITED the be all and end all of our beloved toon. May he be the man in charge till the day he dies.

  • Michael

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #3

    It wont be Gutierrez up front because Kev already said ages ago he wont play him against his old team.

  • Deepak

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:21 PM

    Comment #4

    get a new striker , a playmaker and a winger and i wont mind getting a left will solve the penetration problems also

  • GraemeR

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #5

    Its a shame that KK has got to tell the 11 that they need to step up their game – apart from Hartlepool they have had a very por pre season and tonight is not shaping up to be any better – Smith playing as a lone striker . Please KK do not play Smith – even Harper up front would be better

  • toonoholic

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #6

    nice hat

  • BILLY - B

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #7

    Without a genuine forward i dont fancy our chances, after saying that i was quite impressed with the new guys

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #8

    Can’t see this being a high scoring match,not for us anyway,just hoping we don’t pick up anymore injuries.

  • toonfan1

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:32 PM

    Comment #9

    well we are not creating chances because we are playing our 5th and 6th best strikers. Owen, Martins, Viduka and even Carroll are better then Ameobi and Smith. when we have our 4 best strikers back, we will be scoring more freely and i am sure that smith will become a bit part player this season and then hopefully next season or this season- he can move onto a team such as hull/west brom/ sunderland who will be fighting at the bottom half of the table.

  • robertsa

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #10

    as long as we get the job done and win this tournament

  • Clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #11

    Anything apart from a win will be dissapointing against mallorca
    To be challenging for a uefa cup place ( at least)
    i think we still need to sign:
    1 striker : deriydok? Bendtner? Higuain?
    1 winger: Lennon? Jesus navas?
    1 playmaker/Attacking mid: Inler? Maxi Rodríguez?
    1 left back: Rafinha? shorey?
    not heard of some of these? just type it in google or youtube!
    jesus navas:
    maxi rodriguez:

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #12

    Rafinha is naturally a RB/RM, but he can play LB/LM Clarke_19.

  • joe

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #13

    what time is k.o. tonight?

    dream on clarke, we could never sign rafinha, maxi or higuain

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:41 PM

    Comment #14

    2100 mate

  • DC Magpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #15

    will this game be available online?

  • Spyro

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Rafinha is not likely but not what i would call a “never” signing, “never” signings are players like VDV, Berbatov etc.

    If we want Schalke players we should go after Pander as he is a decent LB and great LM, would be good competition for both Zoggy & Enrique who is a more defensive LB. Pander’s crosses and set pieces make Shoreys look average.

  • DC Magpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #17

    and what is all this BS about Faye leaving us? cannot be true, he is our ROCK!

  • azim

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #18

    is this game available online?

  • joe

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #19

    berbatov is a newcastle fan apparently so you never know…

  • Big Dave

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #20

    Hi DC try here u will need to d/load the sop cast programme 1st. wouldn’t it be funny if Smith scores a hat trick tonight. lol

  • Irish_toon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #21

    berba is an alan shearer fan

  • Toon1978

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #22

    Joe apparently that is bollox about Berbatov being a Newcastle fan. It was spoken about a while back and it turns out his favourite player was Shearer but he was no NUFC fan i think that’s what was said anyway.

  • daiv

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #23

    NOTW printing utter rubbish again about MA selling the club. He’s publicallystated that he has no intention of selling the club and we should accept him at his word. Ihave no idea why some of us are getting excited about this story from the garbage press. Have they got nothing better to do than make up stories. At most I reckon Mike wants to sell 1% of the club to an investor and I cannot see a multi billionaire wanting to buy 1% of NUFC. Total rubbish story. Otherwise Mike’s a liar. We must stick with MA and his cautious approach. Within 10 years we will have success.

  • Irish_toon

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #24

    Hey what do u guys think the starting line up will b tonight????

  • Clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #25

    spyro :
    Zafina : No
    Pander : Yes
    line up:

  • daiv

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:09 PM

    Comment #26

    Get your money on Alan Smith to score a hattrick. 1000 to 1 with Ladbrokes.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #27

    Does anyone know the starting line-up/where one might find it?

  • spitzoid

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #28
  • shearer4pm

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #29


    that navas video, great tune lol, but 1min.20secs, if you look closely he slotes 1 in the bottom corner againest deportivo, whoo have colocini in defense lmao

  • daiv

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #30

    Any sort of response in the final third would be nice. Alan Smith to score a hattrick at 1000 to 1 is inviting but he has to remember that he has to shoot at the goal first before he can score. He seems to have a problem understanding this concept. The football will not fly into the net of its own volition Alan.


    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    Nice one spitzoid! does is that got an hour delay on it clicked on & it said 2200 ko, couldn’t see where you click to view, or does it come up when it’s on m8?

  • Nenad

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Ed, Mallorca are not a team of part-timers who make their living fishing and selling olive oil to tourists, ya knaa…

    I don’t see where did you get the idea that we should be aiming to stuff em. They are a serious team man…

    ANY win at their stadium would be FANTASTIC!

  • Clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #33

    it has 2200 because the wesites clock auto is 1.00 gmt.
    for myp2p you have to download the things in softwares on that website and see which one works on your pc then click watch on any channel then wait for the load try each channel cause differnt pc = different working channels

  • nomis_jade

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #34

    Hey guys im new to the sopcast business, and i dont seem to be able to get the channel thats needed to watch the game. Do you have to download summit else to get more channels? can anyone help?
    For example on myp2p it sends you to the channel ATDHE. but when i go there it says ‘cannot retrieve data?

  • King Habib

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #35


    NUFC: Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Jose Enrique, Claudio Cacapa, Sebastien Bassong, David Edgar, Geremi, Danny Guthrie, Damien Duff, James Milner, Alan Smith

    Subs: Fraser Forster, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Ben Tozer, Mark Doninger, Ryan Donaldson, Jonny Godsmark

  • Geordie SPIDERMAN18 (GG7)

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #36

    thats a s***e team. where is edgar playing?

  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #37

    bare bones………..we’ll be playing the reserves come PSV…….

  • Cooper

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #38

    Is that keegan with 5 at the back ?!?

  • dougnufc

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Wow, that is one hell of a funny line up

    I think we are playing a 5-4-1

  • ToonKing

    Aug 3, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #40

    no, Edgar is the Left Winger………..


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