It could be argued that Sunday’s performance at Craven Cottage was the first time since Joe Kinnear took over almost 7 weeks ago, that the team was lack luster, and played poorly without enough passion and pride.
Joe Kinnear – unhappy with performance on Sunday
Yes, we were beaten by the old enemy Sunderland, but when you look back on that game, and try to be neutral, difficult though that is, it was actually a terrific game, with Sunderland just the better side and if the truth be told, probabaly even deserved to win. In that game, we think Newcastle didn’t have any luck at all.
But Sunday was different as Fulham were the better side in the first half, and started much faster than Newcastle did, and we conceded two very poor goals.
Word is now coming through that Joe, although he seems to have been rather calm on the sidelines, and certainly in his press interviews recently, tore into his players after the game for a below par performance.
This was the first time he had really let go in the dressing room, but to be fair to Joe, it was also one of the few times the players have let him down. It was a crucial game for Newcastle, because a win would have taken us into 10th place with 3 wins in a row, so it’s not at all surprising Joe was upset with the performance, we certainly were.
While he was at Wimbledon Kinnear gained a solid reputation as somebody who made his presence known on the touchline, but in the last few games he’s looked quite calm, maybe because things generally have been going well.
But it seems that Joe is still willing to tell his players where they stand, when they haven’t produced the goods and have played poorly – good for him. We wouldn’t have liked to be Claudio Cacapa after Sunday’s game, although the Brazilian has proved before that he takes valid criticism head on, without complaint, and is a good team man.
But that’s all water under the bridge now, and we must get back on track with a win at home against Wigan on Saturday afternoon, and we again hope the Newcastle fans will turn out in numbers, to support Joe and the players, even though we didn’t play well in our last game out.