Keegan – Shay’s Brilliant Penalty Save Woke Us Up

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 Keegan – 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. 

Keegan continued:

“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.


Comments welcome.

42 comments so far

  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    good article ed , well done for getting it all up and running again.

    regards, rev. ed speed

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #2

    I hope Kev really gets the lads pumped up for our next game.

    Have to admit i was a tad envious towards Spurs last season.

    We need some bling at SJP.

  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #3

    we need a win tomorrow night, no excuses.
    a good cup run this season would keep us all on our toes and would only provide confidence as far as the prem goes!

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #4

    Excellent save by Shay…The 2nd one bein’ particulaly good…Well done!..
    …Pathetic defending(if that’s the word?) by taylor tho’, handling twice in 10 seconds, specially since Shay was gonna save it anyway, if it got thru!..Great header by Owen from a great Geremi cross!..
    …Ho’way the Lads!..

  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Bloody hell, what i would give for a transfer rumour lol. BRING BACK BIG WILLY lolol.

  • is it workin now

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    Its so wierd seeing ‘cross, Geremi and great’ in the same sentence Punk mate.

    But well deserved!

    Well done Geremi


    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #8

    malouda is awfully overrated i would rather buy 3 4m players than him for 12m

    we’ve got good wingers

    jonas and collochini are good but a couple of english players would be good

    whats the team for tommorow?

    i’ve bet on guthrie to score at anytime

    he scored twice in preseason – is playing well

    8-1 at paddypower

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Toon 1978

    I was at work today mate (yes treble time) and i was passing SJP and in the car park saw……..3 bloody chavas making a mess of the place!!

    Dont think we’ll sign any of them, but i DID see them in SJP carpark.

    Hope that got your juices flowing mate

  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #10

    owen only fit recognised striker tomoro.

    regards, reverand edward speed

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #11

    It was tho’, wasn’t it mate!?!..
    …Credit where it’s due & all that!..

  • tommy

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #12

    we need 5 signings by the end of january i think.


    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #13

    thats the first time ive seen geremi get the ball off the floor

    every deadball he hits the wall or the first man

  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #14

    The Entertainers

    Yeah, cheers mate, any idea who these Chavs may be, maybe Rooney there’s one of the biggest chave in the EPL the other two may be Bartons cousin and bling bling boy A.Cole, hope so all excited now 😉

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 25, 2008 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #15


    honestly mate Geremi does not do himself any favours at times, but…..

    did you not see any of the games last season under Keegan. Geremi played a major part in alot of our goals…..

    dont believe me, you have a look mate! 🙂

  • Luke

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Bentley’s crossing for Spurs against the mackems was sublime. They still lost though — no one to get on the end of them! It made me lust after a Nobby Solano type player.

  • The Entertainers

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #17

    Ah Solano……love him, but would he get in your all time 11 ?????

    Beye Albert Woodgate Beresford
    Jonas ! Gazza Beardsley Ginola
    Shearer Ferdinand

    Almost went with just Albert in defence and played a 1-5-4 formation….Keegan would approve.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said Entertainers!..
    …Geremi does a lot more than he gets credit for…As do other players that get slagged off on here…I sometimes wonder if people actually watch who supplies assists etc…Or is it just a case of…A player makes a mistake & that’s it, i hate him & want him dead?..Or WHAT?..

  • mitch

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:08 PM

    Comment #19

    The one thing I like about Gerimi is the way beye moves further up the park when he is on by the way I would love to see berbatov but he is going to manure what a shame also I agree bring back the rummer kings

  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #20

    nobby solano

  • ed_speed

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #21

    says it all really

  • Toon1978

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Setanta Sports

    SWP could be re-signing for Man city for 10 million. Wonder why we dont go in for him hence releasing Milner to Aston Villa for 9 million. Make sense really as we would only be shifting 1 million.

  • Shot Bru!

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #23

    Looking @ the post match comments by KK, he points out that we gave away possesion cheaply which is what our midfield has been guilty of for a while now. I reckon we need to buy a couple more central midfielders , who can put their foot on the ball and not always look for that killer pass, and maybe be a tad more patient. It would give us more control over the game enabling us to dictate the pace therefore imposing ourselves on the opposition. More footballers like our fantastic new Argentines would address this problem. Magic blog, its great to see how our reputation for being knowledgeable football fans is being upheld by the fans on this site.

  • scottish mag

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #24

    solano was my nickname at school still is when i see old mates, cos i ave tanned skin and play right wing thats the only reason though lol and “apparently look like him” i dont though i better looking lol

  • capt. darlin

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #25

    According to reports in Norway, Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United have made bids in the region of £6million for Rosenborg midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred. The Norwegian club are set to decide on the offers at a board meeting, with Tottenham and Portsmouth also linked with Skjelbred – sky sports news

  • ice dog

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #26

    dont want rumours on transfers want facts but i surpose it keeps us hoping. but toon1978 if meet on wed agrees to sav signing on fee thats one plus another keep faith its happen ing

  • daiv

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #27

    We need two quality signings by the weekend other wise its another mid table season.
    Butt and Guthrie are tidy but cannot beat their midfield opponent and so draw the defence. What happens? the ball goes out predictable for the opposition or it goes to Mikey or Oba who have their backs to goal. Little wonder we create little at home against poor teams who sit back.
    Milner cannot cross to save his life. His corners are worse than Geremis. 9 mil to Villa is good business if only we could buy somebody. Nzog is hopeless at left back and is totally overrated in any case. No wonder Arsenal did noy buy him.
    The positives? Colocinni is class and so is Jonas. Guthrie is OK.
    A fit forward line is a threat but they are mostly sicknotes. 140K a week for Owen. Come on you have to be joking. Yes if you got a season out of him but whats the chance of that? Seems a bit stupid when we want the players to buy their own club suits.
    The best news? 47K attendance. The fans want some excitement. Big MA will be forced to put his hands in his pocket. expect a couple of big signings this week otherwise the home gates will tail off. I was there and next up its the Gooners. See you there. (Don’t count Carling Cup.) How positive is that? MA forced to buy!!! Good on you Mike. Mr tight.


    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #28

    I couldnt see mch of a problem with the defence. Colo looked terrific and taylor did well, and managed to handle the ball 3 times in one game which must be a record. What worries me is the midfields ability to fetch the ball out of the defence. As you could see colo lifts his head up to look to do this whereas taylor just whacks it. The only midfielder to take the ball out from defense was Gutierrez, who conected alot with colo and never stoped runing. Unfortunatly, no one followed him and the lack of creatvity in midfield apart from jonas forced oba to drop soo deep that no one was in the box. For me the most important thing to do is to replace butt, milner and geremi with players who can play the ball. We are in dire need of a creative midfielder, a holding midfielder who can pass and take the ball forward in his feet. We also need another striker as all our strikers are injury prone and alan smith, hasnt scored a goal in years. I can’t see what he brings to the team, as when he plays he doesnt even run for the shirt its not because he has the reputation of shouting at refs and for horrendous tackles that he has any pasion for the shirt. My final say, we can see the inprovement but the team is still very thin. Our season definetly hinges on the players we are to bring in before the end of the transfer window…

  • Stardust

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #29

    If the Skjelbred rumours are true, we know beyond doubt that we have missed our first priority transfers, as his agent was quoted some weeks ago that they were back up if we didnt get the the first option(s)

  • Nundo Fer

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Skjelbred will sign for Spurs just watch

  • DH7 MAGS

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #31

    lets hope the cash is released so we can get some quality in. milner does not want to leave newcastle. i know that because i work with his relation. 9 mill is good money considering we only paid 3.8, me personally, like a said last week,we would be shooting ourselves in the foot by selling him, but if we did, shaun wright phillips is the obvious replacement. lets just hope we get 3 world quality players in

  • DH7 MAGS

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #32

    senderous is having a medical at milan thank the lord.. did not want him at newcastle. dont rate him at all.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #33

    Aye, all gooners want him gone too!..Phew!..

  • little willie

    Aug 25, 2008 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #34

    Stardust // Aug 25, 2008 at 18:40

    If the Skjelbred rumours are true, we know beyond doubt that we have missed our first priority transfers, as his agent was quoted some weeks ago that they were back up if we didnt get the the first option(s)


    Our first choice was Baptista.

  • little willie

    Aug 25, 2008 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #35

    MA forced to buy!!! Good on you Mike. Mr tight


    Keegan has always intended on buying 3 more players, he said so long before the Bolton game so nobody is forcing MA to buy.

    The remaining 3,500 seats in our section are worth less than £2 million anyway if you go off the average ticket price of £520 so he’s not going to be spending big money for that reason.

  • A.L 9

    Aug 25, 2008 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #36

    Geremi has a wicked cross from open play, he just has a rare tallent that also allows him to the the first man from corners, every time without fail.

  • Punk Skunk

    Aug 25, 2008 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #37

    3 points!..

  • Ross

    Aug 25, 2008 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #38

    nundo fer-you sure he wants to sign for a team that has spent all that money but still cant beat the mackems or boro?
    come on, lets be honest, they’re shocking 😉

  • Chris H

    Aug 25, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #39

    Oh look everyone. Fernando has reared his ugly head. What do you think of getting hammered off the Mackems and Smoggies then big mouth!

  • Nundo Fer

    Aug 25, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #40

    I think people on this blog give Ed Speed far too much grief.

    It should stop


    I (Nundo Fer)


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