Keegan – We’ll Try To Win The Game Tonight

Keegan will hope the Tyneside team can continue their good form at Coventry City tonight, in what is another important game for the club, in the 2nd round of the Carling Cup.

Kevin Keegan – we’ll try to win the game tonight

We say this every season, but our best chance of breaking our 39 year duck, in terms of winning trophies, is in the Carling Cup, and even that is now becoming more difficult.

We don’t think we’ll have either striker Obafemi Martins, out with a groin injury, or even Damien Duff, who has a knee problem, in the team tonight.

We think that Steven Harper will play, and Geremi will probably get a start too, but we wonder if Keegan will even risk Alan Smith, who is probably being kept back as a possible transfer out of the club, before next Monday. He is also isn’t exactly spoiled for choice right now either.

We haven’t won a trophy since winning the old European Fairs Cup back in 1969, when a certain sturdy Scot, Bobby Moncur captained the club, and I watched the game from the Newcastle University Hall of Residence that overlooks the ground.

But since the game tonight is important, and we only have the Carling Cup and FA Cup, outside of the Premier League games this season, Kevin is unlikely to make too many changes to the side.

Kevin said yesterday to the press corp:

“If I rest players, I will have to call some of you guys in – and looking at you, I think that would be a big mistake.”    😀
“We want to go there and give a good account of ourselves and try to win the game.”

Keegan will try to win the game in one go, and we will attack Coventry, just like we’ll attack any team we play this season, home or away.

That’s just one reason we think the name, popularity and status of the Newcastle United club will rise (hopefully significantly) this season.

That’s because Newcastle, under Keegan, will play the game it was meant to be played – by always playing open and attacking football, not unlike Brazil on the international stage.

An excellent result tonight would be a win, but as long as we don’t taste defeat, we’ll be fairly happy.

What do you think?
Comments welcome.

77 comments so far

  • Patrick

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #1

    absolutely agree of winning, but we also can’t risk Owen too much.

  • mitch

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I would play one of our young strikers and keep owen on the bench I have just read an article that spurs are sayin berbatov willrot in reserves unless 30 mil payed by manure or any other club that really would be a wow signing here I am dreaming again lol

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:15 AM

    Comment #3

    The game has to have a result tonight. Extra time and penalties if necessary!

    Hopefully we wont need to do that.

    CCFC 0 – 3 NUFC

  • BennAllen

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #4

    Team to play coventry


    Beye Coloccini Bassong Enrique

    Guthrie Butt

    Gutierrez N’Zogbia



    Subs: Krul, Taylor, Barton, Owen, Geremi, Duff [If declared Fit], LuaLua – Barton and Owen To get last 20 mins to get match fitness..

    what you think?

  • BenjiToon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:28 AM

    Comment #5

    BennAllen – can’t see Barton even getting on the bench. Keegan’s said as much last week. They won’t play him till he’s had his FA hearing.

    In my view we HAVE to win tonight. The League Cup has been a major disappointment in recent seasons. Meek performances with teams that didn’t turn up and that awful game at Wigan! Coventry are decent and will be well up for it but, even with our strikers out, we should be good enough to beat them.

    Owen on the bench and Minler up front with Duff or replacement if he’s still injured – not what I’d prefer (Zamberla would be worth a shout) but reckon that’s what KK will play.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 8:44 AM

    Comment #6

    I think Pattinson will get a start up front

  • az

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #7

    donaldson fella

  • WesToon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #8

    Come on Lads GET IN!!!!

  • Ross

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #9

    good to know kev isnt gonna go out looking to draw then…
    it sounds ridiculous but thats the type of thing big sam might have had on his mind in a game like this! think a result tonight is vital, like you say the carling cup is our only real chance to have a good go at something, and i think a decent cup run is vital this season

  • dougnufc

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #10

    It is not possible to get a draw, it is a win or lose game.

  • dick

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #11

    if he is fit I would put ameobe up front, on another subject ferdinand is having a medical for mackems, dont rate him at 8 million but still gets my back up that toon are been out-spent by the great unwashed

  • Craignufc

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #12

    im going tonight, just hope we can win!!

  • Dan13

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #13

    Lew, your like a year late son
    At Norwich

  • Bandwarmy

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #14

    Anyone know if there is a live stream of the game? It’s not televised in Australia.

  • Ian

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #15

    Dan-Lew plus he was crap!!

  • az

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #16

    Smith, good chance for a goal.

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #17

    i’m off soon lads, wish me luck (to the cov game)

    regards, ed speed.

    p.s is anyone else going and where are you sitting?

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #18

    I’d like to see Harper given a run during the cup games and let Given handle the Premier league games.

    We need Owen for the Arsenal game so he must be rested tonight with a 15 min run out towards the end if needed.

    KK hinted that Smith would be the sole striker tonight.

    Chelsea have said Shaun Wright Philips is available for £9 million. We all know KK is a massive fan of SWP, so do we think he will go for him?

  • Mac

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #19

    No we don’t need SWP,that is 1 position we have covered. We need a left back,a creative midfielder and a tall fast powwerful striker

  • AdamCF

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #20

    6 foot plus footballers seem to be all the rage at the moment, so I’d say SWP wouldn’t be on the agenda for KK.

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #21

    FOR THE LAST TIME we don’t need a new left back, enrque is more than capable.

    regrards, ed

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #22

    Team I’d like to see tonight:

    —————–LUA LUA———————

    Subs : Given, Bassong, Owen, Gutierrez, Smith

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #23

    jonas on the bench?

    crazy. but its your oppinion so i will respect that.


  • Toon Army

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #24

    Does anyone think we will sign someone today? I have a feeling….

    Personally tonight I would play…


    Edgar – Collocini – Bassong – Enrique

    Geremi – Butt – Guthrie – N Zogbia

    Milner – Smith

    Subs – Given, Taylor, Owen, Beye, Jonas, Lua Lua, Zamblera.

    I hope that Keegan does take the carling cup seriously because this is the kind of cup we have to look at winning. I hope we dont just concentrate on the league.

  • Sydney Toon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #25
  • az

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #26

    3-0 Newcastle. FACT

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #27

    that makes a change, sydney.

    regards, speed

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #28

    @ed-speed – only because Jonas and Owen are so critical for the Arsenal game, that I’d like them both fresh for it. Give them a rest tonight.

  • Neil Snowdon

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #29

    Dear Ed,

    Owen will probably start tonight. Personally, I would keep Jonas on the bench to keep him fresh for Saturday. Harper, Bassong, Enrique and Geremi should also start.

    The great conundrum is who to partner Owen up front. It’s no good having him on his own. What’s Donaldson like? Is Shola fit? He could provide nuisance value?



  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #30

    Ha Ha laugh my cock off.
    I meant Donaldson.

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #31

    ok james thanks for the clarification.

    reagrds, speed.

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #32

    Am I supposed to put:-


    at the end of every comment?
    Its a bit too NICE dont you think lads!

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #33

    i would rather play an unfit steven carr upfront, then play ameobi.



  • neeraj

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #34

    ed what happens if enrique is injured????

    or in worst case what would happen if both our full backs are out due to injuries or suspension, we cant count on n’zog and geremi to cover up for them

    we need a cover up full back(who could play play both on left and right preferably…..) for atleast 2 yrs, so that enrique gains some experience and tamas kadar are ready for first team……..

    or like what is happening now………… made to sit on sub bench

  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #35

    @Neil – I wouldn’t break up Taylor and Coloccini unless one of them is injured. It’s critical they play every minute together to build up their understanding. I love Bassong, and think he’s a real talent. But Taylor and Coloccini every day of the week for me

  • ed_speed

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #36

    lew davies, you can put whatever you want mate.

    i just think its a nice way to bow out, and shows you have respect for other posters.



  • clarke_19_rangers

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #37

    why the f**k dont they ‘try to win’ every match?
    is that not what your supposed to do against every team not just coventry?
    ffs this is a stupid article.
    where are these WOW signings ?
    whats next? mike ashley saying the ground is getting bigger?
    kk promising were going to win the league?
    ffs it cannot take this long signing people because bigger clubs will become aware of these players and come and take them to sit on the bench for the next 3 years before being sold to villerreal!

  • Petey

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #38

    Nzogbia and milner up front 🙂

  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #39

    Just seems a little unnecessary is all




  • James

    Aug 26, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #40

    One point I’d like to make about tonight’s game :

    With the current front players problem (Duff, Viduka, and Martins injured), and Owen not match fit, if KK doesn’t start Smith tonight, then how on earth can he justify keeping him at £60K a week???

    If he doesn’t get a game when everyone else is injured then he proves KK has no faith in him.


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