With two successive wins, the confidence surrounding the Newcastle squad is high, but we’ll have to be careful that confidence doesn’t backfire if we think we can beat Fulham easily.
Joe Kinnear - Fulham game is a six pointer
Fulham are a team that always give you a good game, because their players always give 100%, and towards the end of last season, manager Roy Hodgson got some amazing displays and results out of his team, to keep them in the Premier League.
A terrific piece of football management by Roy.
Joe talked about the Fulham game tomorrow:
“The Fulham game is a six-pointer. There are two leagues, the top six is one and then the rest of us,” “At this moment in time, who would you pick to go down?”
“I don’t know because there’s six points between 13 teams.” “I would think Spurs would get out of it, but I’m not sure if the others will.”
Joe Kinnear seems annoyed that the Joey Barton headlines, and new rumors of Chelsea’s interest in our captain Michael Owen, have overshadowed a tremendous performance and result against the impressive Aston Villa side on Monday evening.
But there seem to always be news about Newcastle, because whether we like it or not, we always seem to make headlines, and too often for the wrong reasons, but our display on Monday night we thought was fairly well covered by the media.
Another two successive wins and the reporting will be very positive, because it will be a big story about how well Joe has turned the team around.
It was a very tight game in the first half on Monday evening, when Villa had a couple of excellent chances they should have done better with, but the mental strength of our players was there for all to see. They were so determined to get a good result for the fans, and it was an excellent game to watch.
Our only disappointment was that the crowd was around six thousand short of full capacity, but the reasons for that has to do with the political situation with Ashley and the Newcastle Board, and the less than stellar performance of the side over the last few seasons, since Bobby Robson was sacked.
Another win at Fulham is really what we need, but to do that we’ll have to be near our best, and we cannot take anything for granted. Good teams beat poor teams and good teams alike – week in and week out, so let’s see if we can start doing that tomorrow.