Kevin Keegan was disappointed by the penalty decision tonight for Arsenal’s opening goal, but Kevin Keegan admitted the Gunners’ class was there as they won the game easily at 3-0.
Kevin Keegan – penalty decision harsh
Referee Rob Styles pointed to the spot when Charles N’Zogbia was adjudged to have handled a Robin Van Persie cross in the 18th-minute, but how it was on purpose, when Charles wasn’t even looking at the ball, is hard to understand.
Van Persie easily converted the penalty.
Kevin told nufcTV after the game:
“I thought the decision was very harsh,”
“Charles had no chance to get out of the way and the ball has struck him some way up the arm.”
Van Persie then added a second just before the break, which was really the crucial goal, because if the Magpies could have held out at 1-0, when we had been completely outplayed, we would have had some chance to come back in the second half.
Young Denilson added a third after the interval, and in all honesty we were lucky to escape at just 3-0, it could have been a lot worse.
“We came up against a side who had to bounce back from a poor result.”
“We needed a break, which we did not get, like when Nicky Butt’s header hit the bar, but there is no denying they are an excellent side and will finish in the top four.
“The only thing they are fighting for is where they will finish.”
“I was a disappointed not to get a result because I thought we would, but they’re a top side and credit to them.”
Then Kevin talked about what every Newcastle fan wants to know, how many players can we get in before Monday at midnight?
“I hope to do more business. We need three players in.”
“I have seven very good players and a few who could be in the future, but we need a couple more.”
We need four if we can get the class players in, and since it’s an international break next week, we’ll have some chance of getting them acclimatized before we meet Hull City in two weeks.