Players and Kinnear Deserve Plaudits For Gritty Performance


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.

Joe continued:

“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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19 comments so far

  • Ally

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #1

    I feel he has been a credit to himself for taking the challenge and has also been a credit to the club, im proud as punch to have him on board a t this difficult time

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  • doby the mag

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #2

    @Ally
    here here!!

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #3

    He has come in with a no nonsense approach and is trying to do well for the club I M H O 🙂 After all he has nothing to loose has he ?

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #4

    Can any one predict this game?

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  • Newcastle United No Asylum Seekers

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #5

    hopefully there will be a place for him at the club when King kev comes back

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #6

    No i but i can predict that your next post will be pointless ganiyu – go away you silly little man !

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Bring back sir bobby robson as Newcastle manager.i think wise and ashley wont mess up

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #8

    Newcastle United No Asylum Seekers-

    Please atleast consider changing your name

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  • Ganiyu

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #9

    I dont have time to start exchanging words.over grown baby

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  • Mark

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #10

    After reading how well Nile Ranger has been doing (4 GOALS IN 3 GAMES FOR THE U18’s). Ithought I would see how Aaron Spear was doing but could not find evidence of him playing at all. I also could not even find any evidence of him even being a Newcastle player. I have since texted any question answered 63336 and asked them if he signed in the summer and they have said he didn’t but I also can’t find any evidence ofhim playing for plymouth does any one know what is going on?

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  • Newcastle United No Asylum Seekers

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #11

    I was thought Aaron Spear signed

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  • lesh

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #12

    All credit to Joe and the lads on the pitch… and

    re Mark // Oct 6, 2008 at 16:02, it’s a mystery.

    One minute Speers’s saying he signed because of Wise (musht be shum mishtake??) and the next, he’s disappeared into the ether.

    Maybe he’s seen the real side of the little fella, changed his mind and gone to Arsenal instead?

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  • Ben-Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Maybe someone should email the club and find out whats going on with Spears

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #14

    isn’t he only 15 or 16? maybe he isn’t making it into the under 18 squad yet

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #15

    Ben toon – if we did e-mail the club do you really think you would get a reply ? given the recent track record ? 🙂

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  • irish_al

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #16

    technically if he is under 17 he won’t of signed a professional contract with us when he joined so it would not be a suprise that it is low key, still don’t know if he has joined us though

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  • Ben-Toon

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Born Again Geordie // Oct 6, 2008 at 16:23

    Good point. maybe we should email wise and his team cus it dont look like they have anything to do until the last day of any transfer window

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  • Born Again Geordie

    Oct 6, 2008 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #18

    Ben toon – lol 😀 that is an absolute fact !!!

    To quote JK ‘what a bunch of F****** C***’s ‘ lol

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  • The Optimist

    Oct 6, 2008 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #19

    What a difference a weekend makes eh? Keep the faith!

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