Newcastle started their season off yesterday in wonderful fashion, with a well earned and hard fought 1-1 draw at Old Trafford, against the reigning European Champions.
Kevin Keegan – best display ever at Old Trafford when he was manager
Kevin was asked today if this was the best performance at Old Trafford, when he was the manager and he said:
â€œYes, I think it is.â€ â€œI got a draw here with Fulham once and in my first game here with Newcastle we got a 1-1 thanks to an Andy Cole goal.â€
â€œBut my main memory of that game is that Nicky Papavasiliou made the goal, but we could not get his name on the back of his shirt!â€ â€œLooking back at those other draws, we came away and thought we were a bit fortunate.â€
â€œThis time we thoroughly deserved a point.â€ â€œWe gave a good account of ourselves and we caused Manchester United a lot of problems.â€
â€œWe had big hearts. Youâ€™ve got to come here and have the courage to play.â€ â€œIâ€™ve been here two or three times now and got draws, but two or three times is more than some managers get in a lifetime.â€
â€œYou get them by players going out there and feeling like they belong and that they are not just fodder.â€
â€œWe go to Arsenal in our next away Premier League game and if we could go there and play the same way as we did at Old Trafford, we might just get something there.”
â€œA lot of times in football you get what you deserve, but sometimes you donâ€™t.â€
The one time Kevin Keegan looked anxious was in injury time when we gave away a free kick just outside the penalty box. Wayne Rooney lined it up, but he was well wide of Given’s post with his effort and that was it â€“ a very well deserved point for Newcastle.
We thought initially the referee had given a penalty even though it was clearly outside the penalty box, but for an instant we thought weâ€™d lose it because of that.
â€œI was pleased it went wide. From where we sat, we didnâ€™t know where it had gone.â€ â€œThe players came here with a purpose. I said before the game that weâ€™ve got pace and power.â€
â€œPossibly on the day, and you wouldnâ€™t say this normally, we had more of it than Manchester United, because of some of the personnel they had missing.â€ â€œOpportunities to get results here donâ€™t come every season.â€
â€œLast year it didnâ€™t work out and we got beat 6-0.â€ â€œShay Given kept us in it early on with two great saves but, after that, we might have been talking about three points and a massive upset.â€
â€œThereâ€™s no doubt we created chances and played as team.â€ â€œI think the fans will have enjoyed that performance, and the trip home wonâ€™t have seemed so long.â€
We cannot think of a much better start to the season, other than a win, which with luck we could have even sneaked.
But a draw was a fair result and now next up is Bolton Wanderers on Saturday with a 3:00 pm kick off, and if we can get 3 points there, that would be exactly what we need.
On the showing yesterday, anything less than a win will now be a disappointment.