Joe Kinnear is right when he said that if we hadn’t won last night, Tyneside would be all gloom and doom this morning.
Joey Barton – great shot of him after scoring penalty last night
Joe talked after the game last night and started with Joey Barton now wanting to take the penalties:
“I wouldn’t be surprised if he does tell Michael Owen he wants to be the regular penalty-taker. He’s a chirpy lad and a very confident person.” “We would have been back to doom and gloom again if Newcastle had failed to win.” “We definitely needed that.”
“We were just desperate to get our first win. We could’ve sneaked one at Everton, we got robbed against Man City with a player (Habib Beye) sent off and we played (almost) the whole game with 10 men.”
“It was never a penalty. It was a game we nearly won. So we’ve been threatening to do it since I came.” “The only disappointing one was Sunderland but it was in our favour to play as quickly as possible.” “It gives everybody a big lift, none more so than myself. I don’t know how long I’ll be here but at least I’ll be able to say I won a match. I’d like to win more.”
“I thought we started exceptionally well, we could have had two or three before we actually scored.” “We opened them up on numerous occasions and had our final ball been better it could have been done and dusted, we could have come in four or five (goals ahead). But the longer the game went on, the more nervous we got.”
“We dropped off the pace. We were caught between the devil and the deep blue sea. Do you go for your third or hang on to what you’ve got? We chose the latter, to defend what we had, and thankfully it came off for us. We were determined to hang on to the three points.”
A win is a win – and that about sums up last night’s game for our fans. We didn’t play well in the second half admittedly – but hey – this will give the players the extra confidence they need, and Jonas looked so good in patches last night as did Joey. We’re getting our best players back, and looking much better because of that.
With Michael Owen back next Monday night (hopefully), Joe Kinnear will have even more choices to make, and maybe we can do well for the full 90 minutes.
We’ll have to do that to take all 3 points against a strong Aston Villa side – which is definitely what we need to do.
Howay The Lads!