Kinnear Too Hoarse To Speak After The Game

Joe Kinnear has now put together successive home wins for a team that was on its knees when he took over just over 5 weeks ago.

Joe Kinnear – too hoarse to be interviewed after the game

Joe’s record at Newcastle is 8 points from 5 games, with 2 wins 2 draws, and a single defeat, although that was against our old foe Sunderland, a mere 10 days ago.

It was interesting and even amusing that Joe was not available to be interviewed after the game, because he was too hoarse and couldn’t speak too well, and after a second viewing of the game we could clearly see why.

He was often shouting at the referee and the players throughout the game, but his tactics were spot on last night, and apart from a couple of Villa chances in the first half that fell to Agbonlahor and Young, the lads were very solid at the back.

Agbonlahor missed the proverbial sitter from just 7 yards out when he somehow tried to put a right wing ball into the net with his left foot – and well – missed. And Young was suddenly clean through and blasted the ball powerfully, and we were looking for the ball bulging the back of the net, but the great Shay Given somehow got it the way of the powerful shot, it looked like with his chest, and the ball ballooned over the bar.

Another magnificent save by the Irishman on this, his 450th appearance for the team, and let’s not underestimate the importance of his save, as the first goal was always going to be important in this close game. Shay is back to his very best this season, after all his injury concerns of the past two years.

But once Newcastle scored they took control of the game, and may have even had more goals had Butt’s powerful shot not hit the post, and Beye hit a ball in injury time that had Friedel blocking the powerful shot, but the ball rolled into the middle of the goal, and we wondered why a Newcastle player wasn’t there to tap the ball home.

Kinnear would have to be pleased with this, his first clean sheet, against a side as good as Aston Villa, who had scored 19 goals in their first 10 league games, before being blanked by Newcastle last night, and they were coming off a 3 game winning streak.

And Joe had even talked before the game how he had worked the defense during the week, so they were better prepared to deal with the attacking prowess of Villa, and they dealt with the threat very well under the circumstances.

Oba Martins scored two excellent goals, a good individual effort after 60 minutes and then a wonderful goal made by Jonas when he darted in from the left, past Reo-Coker as though he wasn’t there, looked up and Oba was there to stab home his pinpoint low cross into the net, after 82 minutes.

St. James Park exploded for the second time on the night.

It was also good to see our Argentine pair of Coloccini and Jonas embracing after the match, as these two have made a huge difference to the team this season – our two new Argentine Geordies.   If new Argentine boss Diego Maradona did attend the match, he would have been impressed by both of his national players last night, and will no doubt hear of the great play by Jonas Gutierrez.

A great win by the lads last night and generally good performances all around – job very well done indeed. Oh, and we’re now in 14th place in the league and have Fulham away, and Wigan at home up next – another 6 points maybe?

16 comments so far

  • thelongshanks

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #1

    The toon are class last nite.everyone played there part and hopefully we take 6 pts in next the matches.Jonas and duffer played a stormer and defence was very solid.roll on fulham!

  • lesh

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Even Oba was given a mild slap by the ref for his Joe-like language – great game all round!

  • AO

    Nov 4, 2008 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #3

    good result last night but i come with bad news for the toon army.

    Owen will be harry redknapps first spurs signing after the clubs agreed a fee of 6 million pounds on monday morning. Wages are currently a sticking point at the moment but the player wants to leave and spurs are confident of tying him down with big bonus payments.

    Spurs need a striker who can play in europe as they only have bent at the moment and Owen is seen as an ideal partner for the uefa cup games.

    Pleased to pass on this great news to the toon army!

  • dak76

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #4

    AO – Aye right, obviously you have real hard facts to back this joke up… doubt it, you should get a job on fleet street…

  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #5

    AO stop talking bullslocks.

  • AO

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #6

    well we will see who is laughing come jan


    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Absolutely brilliant, yes.

    Mates, what would you think about Joe becoming permanent manager and additionally alan shearer taking a co-role as an attacking and striker coach? Wouldn’t that be exciting?

    Sheare can learn a lot from kinnear and this may line him up for a future job.

    What do you think? ED, any thoughts on this idea? Even MA could with that action restore some faith in us, right?

  • NUFutueCowboy

    Nov 4, 2008 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #8

    AO. do us all a favour and piss off

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #9

    & Owen really wants to go to the basement club?..
    …Ball off Pussy!..

  • Karltoon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #10

    AO – Hats off for your bravery..

    Who are YOU to talk to US.. Wouldnt you fit in better on a Wigan / Bolton blog.. There you can discuss the best routes to coventry, derby etc..

  • broon ale

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #11

    does AO stand for Alan Oliver? Or Arse Offal?

    Go away FOOL!

  • Monster

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #12

    It’s nice of AO to take a break from giving himself pokey bum wanks to write complete nonsense isn’t it.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #13


  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 4, 2008 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #14

    He should get jenas to give him a hand!..

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #15

    AO – Just like Veloso and Arshavin were done deal for Spurs in the summer.


    Now bog off and enjoy looking up.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 4, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #16

    Owen would only move to the north-west too because of his horse stables etc.


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