Kevin Keegan thinks the penalty save by goalkeeper Shay Given woke his Newcastle team up on Saturday, and while he was pleased with the win, he thinks his team were a shade lucky to take all 3 points.
Kevin talked at length to the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s been a good start to the season.” “The performance didn’t match that against Manchester United.”
“The last half-hour was very good, but over the whole 90 minutes, we gave the ball away too easily and found ourselves under too much pressure through making the wrong selections.”
“The good news is that, despite not playing very well, we didn’t look likely to concede.”. “The opponents and challenges were different and unfortunately for us, we weren’t quite as good as we were at Manchester United.” “That’s taking nothing away from Bolton.”
“They’re going to go away and turn over a lot of teams, because they’ve got that wonderful resilience.” “They work very hard for each other, but I think it was a very, very good result.”
“Our goalkeeper kept us in it with a great penalty save, and we still had it within us to win a game which, if we’re honest, we probably didn’t quite deserve to.”
That was one item of the game that was very pleasing – the fact that the defense looked very solid – with Coloccini’s presence making a big difference.
“I don’t care what he saved it with – it was a great save.” “It was going to take something like that to change the game for us, and to wake us up a little bit.”
“It got the crowd going, which was something we failed to do with our football.” “Then, we started to look as though we might score three, four or five goals.”
“The last 20 minutes was very exciting. That’s the way you want to play 90 minutes, but reality says you won’t.”
So mark this win down to the brilliant save by Shay Given, and the terrific way in which our captain Owen scored the goal. We do have a video out on the highlights, and we’ve watched it many times now.
Now for Coventry tomorrow night – but the lads have made a good start to the season – that’s for sure.