Here are some observations on the Newcastle Bolton game yesterday:
- We thought the defense again looked good with Coloccini taking to the Premier League like a duck to water – the boy oozed class – and could be a winner for Newcastle.
- Charles N’Zogbia was good on the attack, but we really need to an experienced left back to come in – Warnock would be fine is we can get him, It cannot be looking too good for Jose Enrique, who hasn’t appeared at all this season as yet.
- Shay Given was great and a fabulous penalty save and the groin trouble he’s had for almost two seasons seems now repaired, and he looks great. Really hard lines on Steve Harper, who we know also is an excellent goalkeeper.
- The goal was one that deserved to win the game and another great ball by Geremi and an expert finish by Owen, who made it look a lot easier than it really was. His reaction said everything as he celebrated with Nicky Butt –and did you see the hug he gave Coloccini? The team spirit is just great with the lads.
- Duff had a fairly quiet game, and was replaced at half time after a hard (though not vicious) tackle by his Irish team-mate and former Newcastle center-back Andy O’Brien – we don’t know how bad the injury is at the moment.
- Oba Martins was also injured and replaced by Michael Owen, earlier than Kevin had planned. Kevin was going to give Owen the last 10—15 minutes depending on the state of the game.
- Nicky Butt was Nicky Butt again, and gave another solid performance in the middle of the park, and we thought young Danny Guthrie showed up well. Guthrie was again very efficient in his play, but we do need another central midfielder and playmaker – if we can get some in before a week tomorrow.
- We’ll probably look a better team and more menacing if we can get Mark Viduka back fully fit, fairly quickly, but that’s never been easy.
We believe Mark is not too far away, and if we can play Oba, Michael and Mark up front in a 4-3-3 formation, we’ll give quite a few teams a lot of problems.
- This was a harder game in a way than last week, because Bolton hadn’t really come to play, and just wanted to tie Newcastle down. Bolton were good at what they wanted to do, but boy, they’re not a good team to watch, that’s for sure.
- Kevin Keegan gave an exhibition of passion on the line again, as he was watching and moving his body around as the chances were spurned, and then clasping he head in anguish at some of the missed chances. 😀
You can never say Kevin doesn’t give his all for this club, and no doubt we’ll become a popular team to watch again, as Kevin Keegan fans around the world just love to watch the maestro during a game.
We are lucky to have him back at the club.
This is the week for Mike Ashley to come through for Kevin, the fans and the club, by furnishing the money needed, if we can line up the talent that Kevin wants and needs.
We can still end up with a better squad than we thought we could assemble this summer, and it will take 3-4 good new players in during the next 8 days.
You can either look at the glass half full or half empty at Newcastle – we continue to see the glass half full potentially rising to overflow proportions – and we will not apologize for that positive outlook on our club. 😀