Kinnear Admits He Missed Both Newcastle Goals

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 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.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 8:50 PM

    Comment #1

    Well I was one who said Joe shouldn’t be at the club and if he was responsible for that second half performance I just want to sat 2 things to him:
    1) Thank you and very well done!
    2) Now clear off back where you came from.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #2

    Actually I don’t think he was responsible for either of the second half performances since he arrived. What perked the team up was the goals – the pen against Blackburn and the first half goal by Tayls. So let’s have no nonsense about Joe getting ’em going – they did it themselves. And they did what they did against Man U – they tried to pass the ball and got better at doing so the longer the game went on. Well done.

  • SouthernMag

    Oct 5, 2008 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Why do we only seem to start playing when we go behind? If we show the urgency as we did at 2-1 and then 2-2 we will be fine this season. At least this comeback will give the players the confidence to push on. It’s a shame there is now an international break although in two weeks’ time we should have more injured players returning.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #4

    You lto are obviously still stuck on the last thread – so I’ve got this one all to myself! I wonder how many I can get in before someone else joins – could be a record!

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #5

    Give the man a chance for god sake. Its a tough job he took for 6 or 8 games what ever. Steady the ship JK. Im happy enough with a point. Wait and see what the future holds for the rollercoaster nufc.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #6

    Well you screwed that for me Southern Mag but I see you didn’t credit Joe either?

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #7

    No – no chances for Joke In Ear. One of Ashley’s placemen and we have to be firm and get em all out of here. Don’t weaken! Keep the Faith!

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #8


  • micknufc

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #9

    well murv, dont know if we would have jumped up the table to “3rd bottom” without kinnears input really mate.
    lets be honest you can tell chrissy boy hasnt got the authority in his persona to give the lads a lift.
    im so pleased that we didnt collapse when we went 2 nowt down,we dug in and to be honest controled the 2nd barring the last couple of mins.sort of sick we didnt win coz i think we maybe deserved too.
    im not gonna jump on the “joe is new king” bandwaggon,but credit where credits due eh?

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #10


  • Leo

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #11

    i missed the goals too because i went to walk the dog, im sure the bitch will get walked every game near half time while watching tele from now on

  • Toony Soprano

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Who ever is the manager at SJP deserves our backing – Joe Kinnear has shown that while he is in the hot seat he cares 100% and until we know what the F*** is gonna happen in the future, thats good enough for me

  • murphy

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #13

    Murvar, Joe’s here to help steady the ship, be gratefull for that and get behind him. Once the club is sold we can wave goodbye to fat Mike…. but for now lets try and get behind joe and the team, any negativity is only going to make things worse for the players, the manager, and it may hinder the sale of the club. Lets turn up, sing our hearts out and show the other teams how it’s done it Geordie land!!!

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Yes Micknufc – you’re right. I think Hughton ewas a victim too – left to his own devices and we needed someone above him with a bit of confidence and charisma to rub off on the players who did dig in and played without fear. I still want him out before his next press conference!

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #15

    Well said TOONY SAPRANO.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #16

    Iron – I voted Talys but I agree Githrie made a difference. Probably more than Joe did. I am a fan of Butt’s cos he never fails to give his all and never hides. Sometimes I wish he would hide. But I think the time is coming when Guthrie will do that job and create room for Jonas.

  • wigaz

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Well i was happy with the fight shown today, think joe has made a difference, even bloody shola looked more interested when he came on today! he actually got involved & wanted the ball. One thing today was eveident though, as much as i like butt i think his best days are well & truly behind him, he cant physiclally keep up with the young prem players anymore. That tackle was stupid! still think he’s a good member of the squad but once barton’s ban is over my midfield would be:
    Think if shola shows more attitude like that then Joe should give him a shot, how many balls went up high to Owen & Duff & came straight back? I agree with you ED Ashley has said he’s selling up so lets stop the protests & boycotts! the team needs the toon army now more than ever!

  • norn iron magpie

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #18

    JK definetly has chrisma. Takin the pressure of the team a bit like Morinhuo did at chelski.

  • Joseph

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Well he’s doing something right. Previously the team would have rolled over and surrendered to everton

  • Thump

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #20

    murvar, keep your gob shut in future. Kinnear has came to try and pull us out of this free fall and you should be glad he’s here to give us a helping hand. If you don’t want him in the hot seat at NUFC; Sunderland is just down the road. Get yourself away, mate.

    If I’m honest, I’m quite happy with out performance today. I’d have preferred a win, but with our recent running loss a draw is enough to give me a bit of hope.

    It’s like Joseph said, whatever Joe is doing, he’s doing it right.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:36 PM

    Comment #21

    How on earth do you know it’s his influence? Could be they are all playing for transfers; could be they all had a bonding session with Joey in his Liverpool local last night. Just because 2 events are related in time it doesn’t mean they have a causal connection.

  • Toon Graeme

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #22

    What ever JFK said at half time worked. Again it was like another team out there.

    I will say that I have not seen the toon play possession like they did today for a long long time.

    It pissed the everton players and fans off somethign rotten.

    Shame that it didnt lead to a goal though.

    Our away boys were again louder than the home fans and all you could here was our boys on the terraces through the tele.

    Anyone else feeling better now that we seem to have found some form – although i admit its early days. if we can work on it and continue to the Man City match I think we could do ok.

  • murvar

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #23

    Can’t we keep this in proportion?We played well for 45 minutes. We all want it to be the start of a roll but reality must advise us that it doesn’t work like that. This is at the heart of our problems – 45 minutes of class and we’re going to win the league; 5 games of crap and we’re going to the Blue Square Premier on a handcart.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:57 PM

    Comment #24

    Joe Kinnear is trying to do the best for himself and in doing that he is doing the best for NUFC. He wants a job and he wants to make sure that he looks to have done a good job at NUFC, which lets face it nobody else wanted to touch.
    Didn’t really like the footy he played at Wombledon but hey, he kept the in the top flight for some time. Don’t think he is the right Man for the full time job but if he can steady this floundering ship then maybe He should have some input if and when the new owners come.
    We could’ve and should’ve won today the 2nd half we where really the only team that looked liked they wanted to win.

  • Warwick Hunt

    Oct 5, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #25

    We should keep Tony Jimenez as well.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Oct 5, 2008 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #26

    It was apparently the SS reporter on the touchline that told him we’d equalised, he then went on to claim Kinnear said he was considering spending the rest of the game in the dressing room to see if we’d manage to get a 3rd when he wasnt watching aswell which i found quite funny.

  • Oleg G

    Oct 5, 2008 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #27

    what happend with “stand by his side” ???

    why we need to get behind someone ???

  • brutooooon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 12:51 AM

    Comment #28

    keep him on the dressing room…we will win the premier league, sound a bit superstious(sp?)

  • Malaysian Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 1:52 AM

    Comment #29

    Murvar…you’re being a contradiction. Did JFK sleep with your wife or something to piss u off.

    Quote from Murvar
    “How on earth do you know it’s his influence? Could be they are all playing for transfers; could be they all had a bonding session with Joey in his Liverpool local last night. Just because 2 events are related in time it doesn’t mean they have a causal connection.”


    Well how in the blazes do YOU know it wasn’t his influence that perked up the team. In any case unlike you…I’m supporting the Manager and Team until it’s proved their wankers like the Ashley clan. So either suppport the team or start wearing the scum colours. Muppet.

  • hanzowen

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #30


    yeah more of the same please as we all knew the players can do it . Just love the 2nd half performance & of course so pleased with the result.

    Credit to JK, another coaches, players & not forgotten our beloved travelling fans. United! We can survive this slump & hopefully we’ll soon thrive on winning a run of matches.


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