Kevin Keegan has said on the Newcastle United official site this morning, that he will field the strongest team available when Newcastle United are sent to Coventry for tonight’s second round tie of the Carling Cup.
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Kevin wants to win something just as early as he can (don’t we all?), and since we haven’t won a domestic trophy since we walloped Manchester City in the FA Cup in 1955 3-1, this is a possible chance of redemption.
Kevin said today:
“We can win FA and the Carling Cup, they’re definitely the two chances we have,” “At the moment we’ve got a chance of winning the league, but that may peter out as the season goes on, it depends on how we play.”
“If I talk about putting a strong side out, I had my only 19 fit players against Bolton at the weekend and one of those, Obafemi Martins has picked up a groin strain.”
“But I will put out the strongest team I can against Coventry because it is a competition we have to take seriously and it’s going to be a tough place to go.”
“It should be a good game. Coventry have started off well, although I know they got beaten at the weekend.” “They started off with six points from two games and they have a guy I really respect in charge, Chris Coleman who I brought to Fulham.”
“They are a club looking to build and go places, with an ambition to be in our league.” “It’s a good test for us, but it’s definitely a competition we will take very seriously.”
“We want to go there to give a good account of ourselves and hopefully win. I can’t really afford to rest anyone.”
But Coventry will have to field a weakened side, with 3 of their 6 new players out injured tonight, so we have a chance of getting through tonight at our first attempt.
And we’re sure that’s what Kevin is thinking – but if he fields his strongest side, does that mean that Steve Harper and other players on the fringe, such as David Edgar, Jose Enrique and Sebastien Bassong, will not get a game?
That could be the case, but we’ll have to wait for Kevin’s team sheet tonight.