Kevin Keegan is now hoping that some of his injured stars will become available for the last two games of the pre-season, before we visit Old Trafford for our first league game on August 17th.
Kevin Keegan – no goals and no points in Mallorca
It looked like a patched up team last night, when the lads went down to their third 1-0 defeat in a row, but like in all games there was some good things to come out of it for the manager.
Bassong again looked the part at center-back, and 21 year old Danny Guthrie put in a good shift.
But Newcastle were without a lot of first teamers once again with Michael Owen, Habib Beye, Mark Viduka, Nicky Butt, Charles N’Zogbia, Shay Given, Jonas Gutierrez. Abdoulaye Faye and Oba Martins all missing last night. That’s nine first teamers away, not to mention Joey Barton.
Newcastle have two upcoming games with PSV Eindhoven and Valencia at St. James’ Park and Kevin said today:
“We’ve not risked anybody,” “We are down to one forward at the moment with Alan Smith.”Â “But Michael will be back soon and will probably come on for the final half hour of the Valencia game.”
“There’s a lot of the lads have done a big shift this pre-season. Geremi, Alan Smith, James Milner, Danny Guthrie, Steven Taylor and Claudio Cacapa have played a lot of football.” “They have done it without complaining and have given it their all.”
“Hopefully we’ll have a few of the lads back for our games this week.”
Hopefully, we can improve our game once some of the lads get back, because the last 3 games have not been good to watch, from a fans’ perspective.
But these are just pre-season games and the major thing in these is to get the lads match fit, try out a few players, and build cohesion within the team.
Hopefully we will have done all of that within the next couple of weeks.