Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear, fresh from an excellent start as Newcastle United’s interim manager, nevertheless admitted he was rushing back to his hotel in Newcastle to watch Match of the Day.
Joe Kinnear – missed both of Newcastle’s goals at Everton
Joe missed both goals, the first just before half time because he was making his way from the Director’s Box to be in the dressing room before the players arrived, and of course the goal was Steven Taylor scoring with a great header from an almost perfect Geremi right wing cross.
And then he hadn’t returned to his seat before fellow Irishman Damien Duff had scored again, shortly after the break, to bring Newcastle level after being two goals down. Thats must have been some halftime team talk Joe had given for Duffer to score within 60 seconds of the restart.
Joe told nufc.co.uk after the game:
“I’d love to stand here and tell you about the goals but I can’t because I missed both of them,”
“The first one I was going down to give the half-time team-talk and then I was making my way back up to the directors’ box when Duffer scored.”
“I just heard the roar so it was a nice surprise to get back to my seat to find us level.” “I’ve now got to rush back to the hotel to watch Match of the Day.”
“I’m going to enjoy watching it tonight because I’m delighted to get a point from my first game.”
And Joe’s so right because it was an excellent away point, and we have to give credit to the lads for fighting back to get the draw after being 2-0 down. The way they were able to get back into the game was through , guts, character and determination – and all credit to them.
But the first half was far too similar to last week against Blackburn, when we also started off poorly and found ourselves 2-0 down through poor play, and particualrly poor defensive play.
We have to start these games much better – beginning on Monday night, 20th October against a strong Manchester City side, which will be a hard game. But we have to get something out of the game. And the good news is that we should be able to welcome back Jonas Gutierrez and Habib Beye, from injury, so Joe will hopefully be able to field a stronger side.
We hope these bans and the like against Ashley and the Board are all over, and that the fans will turn up for that game in great numbers, and support the lads and Joe Kinnear.
Let’s all give Joe Kinnear a warm welcome on Tyneside, in his home debut.
That’s what is needed right now. But really great start for Joe this afternoon.