Kinnear At Half Time – Give Ball To Duff

It’s been said that the Irish like to stick together and at half time Joe Kinnear had already picked out the potential match winner for Newcastle – Damien Duff.

Damien Duff – played indvery weed ell on Saturday

Duff has been having his best season at the club, and he had another excellent game on Saturday, but Charles N’Zogbia on the other wing, was also a bundle of energy.

Joe Kinnear talked today about what he told the players at half time, that sparked the turnaround:

“I said to the players at half-time the supporters deserved more, and that it should be a privilege and an honor to pull on a Newcastle shirt,” “I was pleased with the second-half performance. We didn’t take our chances, but the effort was there. If we’d had a bit more luck, it might have been different.”

“I thought Damien Duff was superb and got in some fantastic crosses. I said at half time: ‘You’re outlet’s Damien Duff – you need to give him the ball early’.” “He’s got the ability to run at people, and he can pick out a pass as well. We don’t want to be passing it to him when there’s people marking him, but when the full-backs are dropping off.”

“We want him to beat people, and have people on the end of his crosses.” “We had a half-chance with Geremi, and the crowd was buzzing. It was almost like the shackles were off.” “Duff tortured them down the left-hand side, and with 15-20 minutes left we should have gambled a bit more and overloaded the penalty box.”

Good words from Joe, and of course he’s right about the fans deserving better. It certainly seems Joe has respect for the club and believes the Newcastle faithful have long deserved better performances from their highly paid squad.

We like what Joe is saying, but he has to move very quickly to turn this thing around, since he has very little time.

The game on Sunday is looking like a crucial one, because if he can get a result there, that would be a great start for the Irishman.

And Joe, like Keegan before him, will be going for the win.

Faint heart never won fair lady.

Comments welcome

20 comments so far

  • MattyDread

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #1

    “Damien Duff – played indvery weed ell on Saturday”


  • Ganiyu

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    He can cross the ball which is a good ability.

  • 51times

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #3

    The problem with Duff is he doesn’t seem to know what to do now that his pace is gone. Maybe he’s beginning to adapt to it, like Ryan Giggs has.

  • Martin

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #4

    What! Duff had an excellent game on Saturday?
    He was SHIT in the first half and barely got better in the second.

  • A.L 9

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #5

    haha matty dread lol

  • thelongshanks

    Sep 29, 2008 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Duffer had a good 2nd half.hopefully sum of the lads come back from injury in next couple of weeks?

  • A.L 9

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #7

    I’m still chuckling at that.

    “Damien Duff – played indvery weed ell on Saturday”

    I never thought it possible to make such a chain of catastrophic spelling mistakes lol

  • Born Again Geordie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought Duff had a good game on Saturday what let him down was lack of support from Bassong at times. I like bassong but sometimes thought Duff was not given much of an option for a pass except when Owen came across to help him out. We also missed any punch once Zog went off.

    Things can only get better ! Can’t they ???

  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Duff is a turd that just can’t be polished if you manage a little shine it will be dull again a match later.

    Great at Chelsea and blackburn..continual poop for us.

  • MarK

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #10

    no but you can roll it in glitter jason

  • ryunufc

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #11

    Valid point from Joe, they need to pass the ball to Duff the full back is off him. The same goes with N’zogbia, wingers need some extra space to show what they can do, that is why they do not play in the middle due to their lack of physical presence and marking them tightly is one way to kill their game.

  • Spot The Zebra

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #12

    The problem with the full backs being that they arent really full backs.Thanks for that Mr. Wise.


    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #13

    Duffer had a good game as good if not better than any other IMO.
    He has been having a good season but we need Jailbird and Danny boy in the middle to pitch in.
    We will be a different team once 2or 3 come back.

  • Terry

    Sep 29, 2008 at 4:46 PM

    Comment #14

    Hahahahaha, “indvery weed ell”, oh Ed, I’m glad you listened to my advice months ago to proof read your articles.

  • Macas

    Sep 29, 2008 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #15

    Terry – get a life

  • Tom_Toon

    Sep 29, 2008 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #16

    Duff is still pretty poor!

  • Macas

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #17

    He played well on Saturday

  • Eamonn

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #18

    For me Duffer had his best game for United on Saturday. I was sat in the front row along the East Stand so I got a close view of his attitude during the 2nd half. He was very up for it, talking to the players around hime and making good runs and linking up well with Owen coming deep at times. He’s quality and hopefully he’s getting back to his best which we have yet to see at United. No suprise for me when he got man of the match.

  • Turkish magpie

    Sep 29, 2008 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #19

    duff is quality but has just slipped down the ranks due to mistakes like geremi has and a prime example

    Bramble-came got better then got worse

  • brutooooon

    Sep 30, 2008 at 12:52 AM

    Comment #20

    looking at the current team problems. we should appraise duff because he don’t stop trying….good players are those who never give up! good player play well when the rest play shit


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