Newcastle played a lot better, than of late last night, against PSV Eindhoven.
Kevin Keegan – very pleased with performance
Keegan talked about the game last night:
“I really enjoyed tonight and I thought the lads, especially in the first-half, put on a great show,” “We deserved that early lead and we started fantastically.”
“We’ve played two midfielders, James Milner and Damien Duff, in attack and they have done magnificently well.” “We had plenty of chances to win the game but PSV are a good side and they punished us twice.”
“It was a real step up tonight and I’m very encouraged by our performance.”
“Don’t forget we’ve still got a lot of players to come back, but the lads who played tonight have all done extremely well and it sets us up nicely going into Saturday’s game with Valencia.”
It’s true that both Milner and Duff looked very lively up front, and the thing we noticed about both of them was their enthusiasm, and they seemed to be enjoying their game – that’s always good to see.
Damien was a little unlucky not to score and Milner of course set up young Danny Guthrie beautifully for the first goal.
But we were a little weak in defense and it’s true that PSV did punish us for some sloppy marking.Â However, considering the number of players we have out it was a good performance from the lads.
It’s the first time we had some spark up front for a while, and of course Alan Smith was not playing.
While we hardly want to harp on about it too much, we just don’t think Alan or Shola Ameobi are good enough for this team.
Last night the energetic duo up front looked muchÂ better prospects than either Alan or Shola, at least on their recent form.
We expect Shola to be moved out before the end of the month, but right now we think it’s touch and go with Alan, although we think Kevin wants to keep him at the club, for his experience.