Kinnear – Newcastle Performance Was Heart Warming


Joe Kinnear was delighted with his Newcastle side, who were missing one or two key players, after they earned a vital point at Chelsea this afternoon, holding the league leaders to a goalless draw at Stamford Bridge.

Joe Kinnear – yes – we got a point!

This was an excellent and gritty display by the Newcastle side in London, and they limited Chelsea to just a couple of very good chances all afternoon, and when asked how important a point it could be, Kinnear told Sky Sports after the game:

“Very important and above all it was the performance really.” “It wasn’t looking too good for us a few days ago coming here with key players missing so there was always the worry – you won’t get a bigger task than coming to Stamford Bridge at the moment .”

“And the manner in which we performed was very heart-warming,” “And the way the players played and we had some outstanding individual performances as well.” “It is a massive lift. I think everybody was concerned obviously about how Chelsea had been doing – it is not an easy place to come to.”

“But it is a massive lift in the dressing room right now and everybody is well pleased with themselves and well pleased with their performance so it is a great day for ourselves.” “It says that we are capable of doing exceptionally well,”

“But if we look back in a few weeks’ time and just say what a tremendous result this really was – it is not the easiest place to come to and when you are playing against some of the best players in the world sometimes you are thinking the worst.”

“But we went in with a very positive attitude and – as I said – one of the best performances that we had as a team.” “It is a job that I am just delighted that I took, I am delighted that I got the opportunity and I am going to make the most of it.”

You’ve got to give it to Joe. Here is a man who seems just thrilled to be managing the Newcastle United club, and seems to be doing it with little help from the Newcastle Board. And it is becoming obvious he is starting to get some good performances out of the side, and finally sorting out our perennially weak defense.

If we can get some good wins this next month, and get away form the relegation zone, that is our next step, and since Joe is here another month – we expect Ashley to help Joe and Dennis Wise to strengthen the squad.

Four additional players in January of the caliber that have been mentioned such as Denilson, Riise, Per Ciljan Skjelbred and Warnoock, and the squad will be in decent shape. And if Joe has to sell to bring in new players, we can let Cacapa, Smith, Xisco, Enrique and possibly Krul leave to fund replacements needed for the squad.

We also have to remember that four of our summer buys, Coloccini, Bassong, Gutierrez and Guthrie all had excellent games for the side today, and have improved our squad, so there’s nothing much wrong with the players we are bringing in, that’s for sure.

Although we cannot look too far ahead, because of the sale of the club, we should probably extend Joe’s contract through the summer, for the good of the club, so he can bring the side together and start strengthening the squad.

Let’s try to get long term stability at the club, well at least for the next 6 months.  😀

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160 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #1

    i like kinnear i am not saying he should get the job but i like him

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  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Frustrating that could only listen to the match and not see it. Come on next week and lets get on with the smoggies.

    Good work on the team and to Joe for the result. Could have easily been spanked big stylee.

    Did better than Mackems and Smoggies did against them and that to me is worth the point.

    Come on lads.

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  • james L

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #3

    i think he shud get the job. he was the only person with the balls to take the job wen we were in the shit a couple of month ago.

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  • Nick C

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #4

    i will be amazed if ashley spends. more likely will be some more asset stripping like james milner. if we stay up jk will have done an immense job. dark days.

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  • DURhamTOON

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #5

    Good point ladzzzzX

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  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Great day for the team and Joe. Really pleased for them. Just hope we can carry it on to Boro away and get 3 points 🙂

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  • Toon Graeme

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Forgot to say lads that woke up at 4am this morning with a vivid image in my mind of watching Sky Sports News and seeing the yellow breaking news banner scrolling along saying:

    “NUFC sold – club statement to follow”

    Obvioulsy this was just a dream but the wish that it was real.

    Anyway – back to Xfactor and to then celeb and football first – by which time the mrs will be asleep – wine so many uses.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #8

    Basically just gonna agree with what has been already written. I dont know if Kinnear is the right man to take us full time, but you’ve gotta love how passionate he seems about succeeding whilst he’s here.

    “It is a job that I am just delighted that I took”

    You’ve gotta enjoy hearing him say that. Knowing that he looks back on previous results along with today, and doesnt have a single regret that he took the job and is thoroughly enjoying himself, is incredibly refreshing!

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  • beyethegreat

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #9

    did any 1 watch soccer a.m today

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  • Alex

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #10

    The guy is bringing the best out of the players that he has available . He needs to be given the job longer , he can take us up the league . He is the best manager we have had since Sir Bobby (not including KK) .

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  • Tripp

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #11

    I’d love to see us strengthen in Jan but realistically I don’t see us acquiring many new faces. Jan is a tough time and I just don’t see players in the cards. I would be shocked it Wenger let Denilson go anywhere. Walcott’s out for 3 months, Nasri is pretty injury prone too. They have some amazing young talent, but Denilson is ahead of them in the pecking order and I can’t see le boss letting him move on, if he even wants to (and frankly, why would he, he’s gettting plenty of first team action).

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  • Tripp

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #12

    And Blackburn’s in the scrap same as us, no way in Ince gonna let him leave in Jan.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #13

    NO ED! Christ! Don’t NUFC fans learn!? The way forward is NOT to keep chopping and changing players! We should NOT be shipping the likes of Enrique, Xisco & Krul out. They are young players who haven’t even had a proper season to their name. If anything we should be signing players to give them more competition, or even compliment them. Get a grip Ed.

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  • Spyro

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #14

    Certain players in our team cannot do anything right. Enrique is judged unfairly almost every game. Even today it happened. The young Spaniard had a good game at LB and people still want to jump on his back.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Enrique had an great game today for me, and even though there is the excuse of potential rustyness, i think he dealt with the returning Joe Cole incredibly well, considering half the time he had Bosingwa to deal with at the same time aswell!
    I really dont understand he’s managed to gain such a negative image. Fair enough he might not be everyone’s favourite, he may make mistakes, he may need improve his passing considerably, but everything just mentioned is part of the learning curve the lad is going through now! he’s a youngster for gods sake! he’s learning his trade and he needs all the confidence he can get. I say that, but i dont even think he’s been that bad, i actually quite like the lad as a player. People on here talk of him like they do players such as alan smith, which for me is just mental.

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  • Nick Cotton

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Warnock was pulled to bits by cisse lately you don’t want him. maaaaaaaaaa

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  • NUFCFAN

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #17

    Havent written here in a long time and didnt manage to see the game earlier as i am abroad.

    But I was shocked when we got Kinnear and disapointed but hands up to the guy, he has done a decent job. I think the fact that he is under constant scrutiny has almost worked as he has had to prove everyone wrong that he is capable and has given the players the kick of the arse that they always seem to need, and has ground out a great result today

    Also when he said two 10 million rated players i dont understand how this can be riise he wasnt even sold to Roma for 10 mill and dont get how he can be worth that being on the bench (have i got this wrong?) i would much rather get another proven young left back with a future. rather than a player who has already peaked – i dont see it as an investment – am i the only one?

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  • Waddle's mullet

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #18

    Think i will eat humble pie now a little about Enrique.

    He defended very well today, But passing and going forward he is awful.

    sorry spyro

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  • Alex

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Spyro & KK FOREVER
    I agree with both of you , the youngsters need time to develop . Its time people got off their backs and start supporting and encouraging them .

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  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:51 PM

    Comment #20

    Enrique did well today yes, well done him. But overall this season he is pritty avarage considering we paid 6 million for him. Hopefully he will carry his form on.

    I just hope Bassong keeps his place CB along with Colo. Taylor can stay away!

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #21

    Andrewnufc-i quite like taylor, but bassong was just brilliant today. how many games has he started for us? cant be too many, and only his second at cb with colo, and he’s given the job of keeping chelsea out. Today we saw the performance of a youngster who has been given a chance and he grabbed the ball and ran with it so to speak.
    As for enrique, i just think he needs time. today was the perfect example of how he is improving his game defensively, and when he starts to work on his distrobution, it will suddenly fall into place and he’ll start to look a far more rounded player. The quotes of us potentially shipping him back to spain were crazy, not only as far as he’s concerned, but the image portayed of the club to other youngsters here now, or potential signings, is a terrible one.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro, comment 13. Entirely agree.

    The only plays I’d sell would be:

    Carroll, Smith, Edgar (before contract runs out), Cacapa (before contract runs outs)

    and

    possibly Given (if we need the fund desperately enough and he wants to try and win silverware), Owen (if he shows no intention of signing a new contract).

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #23

    Also, I’d HATE Riise herem he was crap for Liverpool n hi last 2 seasons and has be shocking for Roma.

    If we are going for a Roma player go for Antunes, Portugal LB, absolutely brilliant, new Roberto Carlos.

    Therefore not Warnkock as there are many other better option.

    Dont particularly rate Denilson too uch, definitely not the type of DM we need.

    Skjelbred, ye, get him just to add energy to our central midfield.

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  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #24

    i’m intrigued as to who these two players could be. Obviously the first, from rome, i think could only be riise. However, i dont know how much i rate him, i used to like him a good few years back, but i havent seen much of him, if any, since he went to roma. (does he actually play? i’ve heard nothing of him).
    The second, i’d like to think is denilson, but i dont think it is if im honest, i couldnt see Wenger letting go of him. As far as the second goes (and maybe the first? who knows?), i’m clueless.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #25

    I’d rather ave Lucas from Liverpool on loan than Denilson.

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  • NUFCFAN

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    i would agree with you tom toon

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #27

    After that can anyone believe how JK played Cacapa against Wigan. A game we could have won with Bassong. And that mug Taylor must be bricking it. I always said he was crap.
    Coloccini and Bassong. LONG may it continue.

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #28

    Toon Tom- When Riise said he didnt feel a third choice player….. who are the other two Roma left backs Antunes and who.
    Just a thought that he mustnt have meant Riise who is no way a £10 m player not even £4m anymore.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #29

    bbc made us look bad and they take all the credit away from our defence

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  • kk forever

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Do one for us tomorrow against the mackems mate

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  • kk forever

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:30 PM

    Comment #31

    I that the real Nick Cotton?

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  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #32

    Antunes is out on loan atm, but Riise is second choice I think, but they might play someone out of position in front of him (yes, he is that bad!) because Tonetto is the only other LB they have.

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  • kk forever

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #33

    Oh no. They’ve sent Rachel home. She was better than JLS

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  • letshavadisco

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #34

    lets just back the fans, at the end of the day we are the club.

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #35

    I must admit Liverpool totally mugged Roma for £4M when you consider Riise’s form for the last 2 years like. It would be embarrising if we payed much for him. Of course JK may have meant a different player but I would be suprised if it wernt Riise coz hes not happy there.

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  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #36

    Martins was just ahead of the ball when Jonas crossed it, shame.

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  • dan

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #37

    Toon tom – Is Antunes on a 6month loan or a 12 month loan do you know. Coz if it’s 6 it might be him.

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  • kk forever

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #38

    God. Tony Adams is so ugly.

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  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:42 PM

    Comment #39

    if we signed riise i bet he would come here wanting to prove a point and get player of the season!

    Newcastle need to get a freekick expert now Emre’s gone and Geremi isn’t even on the bench!

    although i have recently been impressed with Butts freekicks

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  • kk forever

    Nov 22, 2008 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Wayne Rooney has got male pattern baldness

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