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Such An Important Game For Newcastle Tomorrow

4:11 pm, Saturday, August 16th, 2008 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 474 Comments

This is a very important season for Newcastle United Football club.

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Kevin and Terry – such an important season for Newcastle

Kevin talked about our first game at Old Trafford tomorrow to the Shields Gazette:

“Everyone will expect them to beat us because it’s Man United, not because we’ve not won there since 1972.”

“You go back into the history of most clubs, apart from the odd one, and they’ll most be going back into the 1970s, when Man United were not the force they are now, for their last win.”

“It’s an opportunity in work clothes. We’ve got to work together and stick together.”

“You’ve got to have a bit of luck to win any football match, sometimes a little bit more at Old Trafford, but it’s an opportunity for us to put that record straight, and put that stat behind us.”

The last time we played at Old Trafford we were comprehensively hammered 6-0 although at half time we were looking good at 0-0. Nigel Pierce was in charge for that game, and we collapsed badly in the second half.

But there’s no doubt tomorrow’s game is important for Newcastle, so we give a good display and get our season off to a decent start.

And Keegan seems as determined as ever, to succeed in his second spell as manager as he continued:

“We’ve got to look forward now. We’ve just got to say: ‘This is where we are now – it’s no good looking back’.”

“We’ve got to make our own luck. We’ve got a chance to take this club forward. We finished 12th last year, and that was disappointing for this club.”

“We want to get up that table, get people excited again and play the sort of football we want to. Once this football club gets on the march, it’s a pretty strong force, as has been proved in the past.”

“When it goes backwards, it goes backwards twice the pace. That’s the problem. So we’ve got to drive it forward.”

It will be interesting to see what team Kevin puts out tomorrow, but it wouldn’t surprise us if both Coloccini and Gutierrez make their Premier League debuts, and it also looks like Oba Martins is ready to start.

We are looking forward to a good game tomorrow, and a good performance from the lads – and if we can come away with a point – mission accomplished.

Comments welcome.



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