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?