After a frenetic week of hard work and tough training sessions, Joe Kinnear this morning can look back on a mission accomplished, after his team fought back from a two goal deficit and get a draw at Goodison Park, and were unlucky in the end not to take all 3 points.
Good job by our reduced coaching staff
The very way Joe went about the task last week was a wonderful example to the players that they must also roll their sleeves up and work extra hard. And if they didn’t know how big the Newcastle club were, before Joe moved in, they did when they went onto the pitch yesterday, because Joe talked glowingly of the Tyneside club, throughout the week.
He often referred to it being an honor for him to be manager of Newcastle United..
And the Newcastle play, at least after going 2-0 down showed they have more fight and pride now for the club. It was a stunning achievement by Joe, amid some barriers, mainly from one or two of the sports journalists, who made it that much more difficult for the manager with their criticism.
As it turns out Joe became the first manager since the great Sir Bobby Robson not to taste defeat at Goodison, when Bobby came away with a 2-2 draw in the 2003-04 season, and of course we ended a run of 5 successive defeats, and got that albatross off our backs.
Joe talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“It’s a big job – I understand that, and I’m aware of that. And anybody would need locking up for not taking this job.”
“Now, I’m really looking forward to the home match with Manchester City in a fortnight’s time.”
Of course the amazing thing was that Joe missed both of our goals, which were scored a minute of either side of the half time beak.
“The players showed real character, and they deserve all the plaudits. They worked hard and were maybe unfortunate not to get maximum points.”“It’s a great start, and the main thing was not to get beaten. I’ve been in the game long enough to know what was in store for me had we got beaten, but that’s all done and dusted.”
“I was delighted with the overall performance from everybody concerned.” “I had a few choices to make about what shape to go with, and one idea was to play Damien Duff up front with Michael Owen.”
“We went with that, having practiced keeping the ball on the ground. We had ideas on catching them out.” “It was all plusses from everybody, and we’ve got something to build on now.
“It was disappointing that we gave away two goals, but I didn’t harp on about that at half-time – I kicked it into touch.” “It was about us getting back in the game. I was delighted with the goals. It was two crucial moments to score – one just before half-time and one just afterwards.”
“In the second half, for long periods, I was reasonably confident we would edge it and win it 3-2.”
We looked at the replay last night, and Newcastle were even more in the ascendancy in the second half then we first realized, although Everton did have a couple of good chances which they missed.
But it was a good game for the lads, and has put some pride back on Tyneside, and Joe has earned a great reception in two weeks time when we take on Manchester City at St. James’ Park.
No doubt Joe will be going for the win, with Jonas Gutierrez and Habib Beye both available for that game. We hope the fans will turn out in big numbers for that game, and of course Robinho will be playing for City.
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