Keegan – We’ll Create Lots Of Openings This Season

Newcastle have scored 4 goals in their last two friendly games, but we’ve also created many more chances.


Kevin Keegan – pleased with last two performances

When you consider most of our strikers were missing during pre-season, the performances are not too bad, and certainly manager Kevin Keegan seems to have been pleased with Newcastle’s performances in the last two home games against PSV and Valencia.

Kevin talked to nufcTV yesterday:

“We went to Mallorca and played two games and it was a little bit disappointing not to score, although they were makeshift sides we put out,” “But we have come back to St.James’ and suddenly created lots of chances.”

“We drew 2-2 with PSV but created four or five chances that we should’ve taken and it was the same against Valencia.” “You are never going to take them all but when you do you will have a great day.”

“I would take that every match this season, scoring two goals and taking our chances that the defence can keep the opposition down to nil or one.”  “We’ve still got a few strikers to come back in and I’m confident that going forward we will create lots of openings this season.”

That’s certainly what we want to see this season, as the team must look to win more games than they lose.

We are still missing Mark Viduka and Andy Carroll, and Michael Owen will have a behind the scenes friendly on Thursday, to get him ready for Old Trafford.

But that’s not the best way to start a season for Michael unfortunately.

However, we will still need some kind of result on Sunday, so we can make a decent start to the season.

Comments welcome.

42 comments so far


    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets hope we do KK, lets hope we get a quality playmaker in then we’ll create even more!

  • James

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #2

    I believe we will finish 6th or 7th this season.

    Don’t think Spurs are good enough for the top six because they’ve lost Keane, Bebertov (Old Trafford deal immient), and Defoe. That’s 60 goals taken away from the team.

    For me, Villa are the favourities for a top 6 finish.

    But for us to stay in the mix this needs to be a big season for Michael Owen. His goal scoring will make the difference between European places and just missing out. No pressure Michael!

  • wolfhound

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    lets hope the goals fly in i dont want to be beaten this year by lesser opposition like derby did to us last season i am still mentally scarred by that

  • paul mac

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #4

    Tiago on loan for a year it is then. (See La Stampa website)

  • Toon92

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #5

    Juve & Newcastle Agree Tiago Deal!!!!!!!!

  • Raikkonen

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #6

    wolfhound- Rest assured mate, that will never happen again. Keegan will not be content to just sit back and try and nick a goal against lesser opposition.

  • M4rk0 from Italy

    Aug 13, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #7

    what I said this morning? for every news from italia of newcastle there am I! always updated!

  • Lasse

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #8

    Tiago? Deal done? What do we think about him?

  • Toon92

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #9

    Is he any good M4rk0 from Italy??

    Didnt he use to play for Chelski??

  • tapir

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #10

    Happy Birthday big Al

    We miss you!!!!!!!!

  • Fergie

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #11

    “You are never going to take them all but when you do you will have a great day.”

    classic. Sounds like a Sir Bobby contradiction quote to me…

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #12


    Tiago is class. He is a pretty complete midfielder, who did quite well at Lyon, already knows the Prem etc. Yes, he was at Chelsea and was sold for 7m to Lyon I believe.

    A one-year loan with an option to buy is a great way of doing business, because it’s low-risk but potentially a really splendid transfer.

    Wrap it up!

    Coloccini, Tiago, Warnock, Derdiyok and I would be a happy camper!

  • k-man

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #13

    Hmmm. How good is Tiago? He was no success at Chelsea, and no success at Juve.

  • lualua7

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #14

    tiago would be an improvement on what we have

  • fip

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #15

    haha skysports has the trainning session on.

    well it doesnt start till 10:30 but there was an interview live from teh ground n it is liek 1/4 full ?

  • TerryMacsPerm

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #16

    I’ll Take Tiago like – I reckon he’s quality and if it’s a loan with the option to buy then that’s even better!

  • tapir

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #17

    Happy Birthday Alan Shearer the legend!

    We miss you!!!!!!!!

  • Toon

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #18

    We havent signed him yet clubs in Spain are interested

    M4rk0 from Italy any more news?

  • Will

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    @M4RKO from Italy

    Thanks for keeping us informed mate!

    Sounds a good idea, loan Tiago for a year – if he’s poop, send him back without the 10m transfer.

    @ Tapir, Thanks for remindind me too. Happy Birthday Shearer – get the boots back on.

  • Danish_Magpie

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #20


    Any news of signings/Coloccini from the training ground?

  • lualua7

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #21

    any news yet?

  • Born Again Geordie

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #22

    1/4 full is a good turn out – 13,000 + ????

  • Sveinung

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #23

    Don’t worry, Tiago is class! Still, nothing’s confirmed by the club, so we’ll just have to wait, won’t we.

    By the way, wish me luck guys, ’cause I, a norwegian teenager, will be heading for Nevada, USA as an exchange student tonight. Almost as exciting as silly-season.

  • James

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #24


    I can understand people getting frustrated that we haven’t spent £20 million here, and £15 million there, on players. But it’s not about how much you spend, it’s finding the players with the right attitude. The ones that will respond and dig their heels in and fight for the cause on a rainy night away from home when we are 1-0 down. Sometimes you have to spend £15 million to get that player, sometimes you only have to spend a few million (Guthrie and Gutierrez).

    As Everton, Portsmouth, and a few years ago Reading proved, its about finding the right balance in your first 11 that refuse to lay down and get beaten.

    Spurs and West Ham spent loads last season and got nowhere near the top 6.

    With Keegan here giving them extra confidence, we have an advantage over the others already. Plus we don’t have the distraction of European football and can rest between league games (unlike Villa and Spurs)

    I look at our first 11 and we have the “right kind of player” in every position. The likes of Coloccini, Taylor, Beye, Butt, Guthrie, Gutierrez, Milner, Owen, Martins don’t know the meaning of giving up.

    We will fight them at Old Trafford, we will fight them at White Hart Lane, and we will finish in the top six


  • Gorskino10

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #25

    look at the facts we do create chances but hardly put them away, also shouldn’t you not me pleased with letting in 4 goals in 2 games.

  • fip

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #26


    urm no.
    was just a interview with john beresford.
    but SSN said they would be going bk to teh ground over teh course of teh day.

    so you never know.

    we can just pray lol

  • Macas

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #27

    Big Willie says Messi arrived last night for a £22 million deal haha.
    As if.

  • A geordiedoonsooth

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #28

    So is the big signing Tiago? If we can get Curly, Warnock, Tiago & a forward then I’ll be happy

  • Toon

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #29

    Training doesnt start till half 10 ish so if any news it wont be till at least 11

  • Gorskino10

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #30

    watch sky sports news all morning there be going there live to see it maybe with conferance after.

  • chappa

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    any1 remember this goal by tiago

  • Gorskino10

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #32

    not Tiago from Juve?? Or do you mean Thiago Neves?? Anywho just hopeing for mid or striker as I DONT want warnick he’s rubbish.

  • furrygiblets

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #33

    Gorskino do you watch football?

    Warnock is one of the better fullbacks in the prem and i would take him over Enrique atm

  • Matt

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #34

    I see this deal as win win. Loan for a year with a view to a permenant move. If he isn’t good enough we don’t sign him. If he is we do and if he is just needed to fill in for one season then it’s also good because we don’t have to recoup a load of money in transfer fees.

    We’ll get 9th this season.

  • Graham1982

    Aug 13, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #35

    oh my god what is going on…..

  • sirjasontoon

    Aug 13, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #36

    So much for 3 signings today all bollox 3 days to go and we look threadbare,no communication as usual…surely players should have been wrapped up by now..still no mention of coloccini either which is starting to worry me.

  • Stami

    Aug 13, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #37

    that vid is brilliant. i love Jose’s face when he sees the goal

  • craig chisholm

    Aug 13, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #38

    James…………milner will be at villa so knock him off your list.
    anyone wanna buy a signed shearer top (home)????

  • G

    Aug 13, 2008 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #39


    Your having a laugh if you think we will get anywhere near the top 6. We have no creative midfielder. I don’t care about getting another left back in or a big striker we need a Creative Midfielder!!!! Modric would have been the best signing in years!

    We will be bottom after our first 3 games 🙁


    Aug 13, 2008 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Probably more important to have a tight defence and take any chances we get, I wouldn’t be to fussed if we got a lot of 1-0 wins.


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