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.