Keegan – We Need Three Players In


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.

Keegan continued:

“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?

Keegan said:

“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.

Comments welcome.



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283 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #1

    ed you should be writing a narticle about the poor commentry

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #2

    though it is good to know we are trying to sign

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  • Ross

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #3

    i really dont know what to think about transfers.
    KK says we need 3 more in, and he’s stating a fact there, we definitly do need 3 more in.
    however him failing to comment on whether we have a chance of getting them or not, just leaves us lot in the dark!
    looks like we’ll just have to sit back and wait for midnight monday. as Hard as that may be!

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  • GraemeR

    Aug 30, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #4

    3 – that was before Milner.

    DERDIYOK, MOUTINHO, INLER, BURDISSO as a minimum. After that Ashley an bring in his 1 year loan signgings to pad out the squad.

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  • beyethegreat

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #5

    ross i dont think kk knows himself whether or not we will get them he doesnt handle that sort of stuff

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  • Godmadenumber9

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #6

    Ed the commentry was Bias I agree you should write an article about it as for players we need a striker and creative mid

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  • GraemeR

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #7

    What the odds on EMO picking up an injury playing for England ????

    You dont catch Fergie or Bennie risking players – look at Gerrard and Hargreaves and yet EMO struggles ot get off his stretcher for the toon but is happy to play 2 games in quick succession after less than 90 mins for his paymasters – to be honest if he went I would not be upset – unless we didnt replace him !!!

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #8

    easily

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  • Gordon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:02 PM

    Comment #9

    So who are the “seven very good players?”

    1. Given
    2. Beye
    3. Collocini
    4. Jonas
    5. Martins
    6. Owen
    7. ? Viduka? Butt??

    Guessing N’Zogbia, Bassong, Guthrie, Enrique, Taylor all in the “future” category.

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  • Spyro

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #10

    in all fairness, KK is clutching at straws here to maintain a confident squad. The Zoggy decision was stonewall and Colo should have conceded one too.

    We were just poor and they were good, hence the thrashing. By the end of it i was happy to walk out losing 3-0, would have been 6 if Arsenal could finish off their chances.

    Anyway, its behind us now and we just have to move forward eh. We have some good games coming up for us to regain some confidence and stop the rot. Hull, here we come!

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  • ToonDaft

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #11

    hopefully the players we bring in will be away during the international break – i for one hope we are going for top class players

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  • RobB

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM

    Comment #12

    Gordon – We all love Oba, but I think he’s one for the future – very inconsistent and not yet a team player. I’d love to know who Kev’s ‘very good’ players are!

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  • Gordon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #13

    PS – see KK is now talking about 2 or 3 “quality” players in his press conference. Guess a few fell through…

    That number changes every week!

    I was on Setanta Sport’s ‘Football Matters’ show last week saying exactly the same thing!

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #14

    trejo is a very good player, just watchin him now on sky sports 3

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  • Gordon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #15

    I dunno RobB , he played for Inter Milan since he was 18 and cost £10m. He can certainly improve his first touch and decision making, but he must be one of the stars of our squad – surely….!

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  • little willie

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #16

    5 players will come in.

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #17

    i think little willie takin bull just like BIG WILLIE!! dont think we will gt 5 players like

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  • Godmadenumber9

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #18

    Reckon your right Keegan is hoping that wise and co will tie the deals up before midnight Monday I dont think he knows who is coming through the door Ive heard about 10 diffrent names mentioned think we will all be glued to SSN on monday hope Ashley realises after today the work that needs doing over the next 48hrs

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  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #19

    i think only 2 will come in

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  • dan

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #20

    We need like 5 players I have to say:

    RB (Beye is real bad)
    LB (Enrique? Who is him?)
    DM (Butt is slow and old, need something better)
    AMC (We lack of creativity, dont have any, Guthrie is a CM but cant play lonely in the midfield as Butt is playing so bad)
    ST (Shola is bad, so we need a good replacement for Owen/martins)

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  • Nick C

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #21

    Who though LW??

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  • toon head

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #22

    wer was smith today
    we cant expect to do well with nicky butt and guthrie are central midfield

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  • Lee Coxon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #23

    always liked ashley but im changing my mind, never had a bad word about him but selling milner and sky sports say krul to feynoord for 1.5m now!!! is this the new youth policy?? unless we do sumthing amazing in the next 48hrs ive made my mind up

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  • Gordon

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #24

    Dan – Beye is real bad? What have you been sniffing?!

    He’s had a slow start to the season but he was (rightfully) our player of the year!!!

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:11 PM

    Comment #25

    man im at fkin college on monday too!!!!!!!!

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  • Spyro

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #26

    i agree Beye has started slow, but he wasn’t bad today, arguably our best defender. Colo and Taylor were both poor today

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  • Tripp

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #27

    So that’s you is it, Gordon? How was the bubbly?

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  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #28

    in an ideal world i would have

    LB- Sirl
    DM-Veloso/inler
    AM-Kightley
    AM-Skjelbred
    ST-Pogrebnyak

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  • RobB

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #29

    I was surprised and pleased to see Mike Ashley there – considering how jittery the fans are. I really don’t think he’s the problem. We have so little to offer new players at the moment. Keegan says we have the money.

    Why didn’t we get Nasri?!

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  • little willie

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Nick C – I don’t know.

    At a guess I’d say Zayette, Warnock, Arda, the lad from Valencia and Saviola.

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  • dick

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #31

    Shay Given aside not one toon player would get on the bench of a gunners reserve team, ashley had a good right to slide out his seat and head for the exit, but they must have stopped him leaving and sent him back to his seat to watch the final 10 mins of total crap like the rest of us

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  • Spyro

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    i do not know what came across Colo today but he certainly wasn’t on top form. Arsenal dragged him out of position with ease. He obviously didnt do his homework on how Arsenal play.

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  • Nick C

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #33

    Cheers, LW. I was hoping you might have had a bit of concrete info…
    I was hoping for Derdiyok myself…

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  • Tripp

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:17 PM

    Comment #34

    I haven’t seen the game, but from the sounds of it it was similar to last year’s matches at the emirates. Watching the FA cup tie last year I recall the midfield being just opened up by Arsenal’s pace. Butt simply couldn’t keep up with the speed of the game and that created the space that lead to 2 of their goals in that match, if I recall.

    Spyro, was the defense poor because they were under constant pressure? Any insight into why they were poor?

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  • cooldj

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #35

    we need

    1 quality LB

    1 cover CB

    1 Right wing

    1 CM with pace

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  • toonfanjonny

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #36

    the defense wansnt the problem it was the midfield not tracking back apart from jonas

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  • Nick C

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #37

    i reckon atouba was one of them. last night it was 4, now it is 3.

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  • ERIC CRAMMY MAG

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #38

    ma was there , he has been in spain all week getting t henry to sign for the the toon toon , mind you i would be embaressed as a goedie if it took me as long to down a pint S THAT FAT FOOKER SMB SMB SMB SMB

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  • walker

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #39

    phone up monday to cancell setanta they give you 3 months half price. burley is a c**t

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  • I Made 1000

    Aug 30, 2008 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #40

    constant pressure and colo was dragged out of position many of times, played practilcly as a midfielder, nd thts enrique out for bowt 4-5 weeks with hamstring

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