Best Away Performance Of The Season – Kinnear

Joe Kinnear was understandably delighted after Newcastle’s draw yesterday against a powerful Chelsea side.

Habib Beye – sensational game in London

Joe talked enthusiastically following the game in London yesterday:

“Scolari congratulated me for the point, which was very kind of him. and I don’t make an apology for playing for it, either.” “I planned for this result for three days – to make Chelsea play in front of us. I brought Michael Owen back into the side and played him in a deeper role.”

“To be fair to us, everything they did was long shots and Shay given made two world-class saves. We had one good chance and could have even nicked it.” “That was our best performance of the season.” “When I was asked to take this job on, the deal was to do a job until the club was sold – nothing’s changed.”

“We got bodies in the way and the two center-halves were magnificent, and Habib Beye was sensational.” “They got their just rewards today.” Things have gone wrong for us late on in games and I worried that it was going to happen again. This draw feels like a win. When we drew at home against Wigan when they scored late -it felt like a defeat.”

“It is probably the best team performance we’ve had away from home this year. Even though we drew 2-2 at Everton, I would say this is the best performance.” “I will speak to the owner [Mike Ashley] about the game. My contract was due to run out after the Middlesbrough game but I was told yesterday that I had another month in charge.”

“I think I’ll be here over Christmas so I might try and twist Ashley’s arm and bring some players in but I will also try and shift a few fringe players – well those who I don’t think will play for Newcastle.” “Ashley is currently taking to Americans about buying the club. But their offer was well below the estimate of what he thinks the club is worth.”

Joe has had his contract extended another month, but we have to think there’s still another shoe to fall, and that is probably that he will now be manager through the end of the season.

If the American Consortium that is interested in buying Newcastle are not coming near to Ashley’s valuation, it is unlikely the club will be sold anytime soon.

And Newcastle have to sort out existing contracts, although according to the Sunday Express today, our captain Michael Owen says he wants away – but we have no idea if there’s any truth in that story.

If it looks like Ashley will not be able to sell the club in the short term, some statement will need to be issued by the Newcastle Board – yes they will need to do something.

They need to let the fans and the players know what the short term plan is – to at least cover the January transfer window – that’s the very least that’s needed.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far

  • cooldj

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #1


  • cooldj

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:47 AM

    Comment #2

    he strikes again!

  • Darryl

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Was a good game of defending from us i guess. Just a shame we couldn’t make our chance count when Beye and Jonas played a 1 – 2 down the right. Other than that, we played pretty good i must say! On another day, the Linesman would of given Coles goal, so im glad he was spot on all day.

  • Spyro

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:05 AM

    Comment #4

    Unlike the BBC, Sky Sports actually gave us a bit of credit for our performance today 😀

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:10 AM

    Comment #5

    the bbc coverage was nonsense, MOTD highlights just made us look lucky. Q one mr shearer who decided to look at 3 or 4 excellent pieces of defending from us that hadnt been featured, after the highlights had been shown and made sure to point out that coloccini and bassong were excellent together, along with beye having a brilliant game too. 😀

  • Spyro

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:13 AM

    Comment #6


    Same as the majority of the papers mate. They are either saying we were lucky, or that Given is the only reason we got anything from the game. I suppose giving credit to Newcastle defenders doesn’t match with their target audience does it eh lol

  • beyethegreat

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:34 AM

    Comment #7

    kk forever i am quite surprised they never gave us credit all alan hansen has ever done in motd is criticize us for our defending i thought that when we actually made defending the mane part of our game he would praise us but he didnt its a good job we have shearer and claridge in the media otherwise we would never get any praise

  • King Joe

    Nov 23, 2008 at 4:23 AM

    Comment #8

    Too often we have come off good results only for us to shoot ourselves in the foot and for the result to mean little the next week. It was a very important draw yesterday, but unless we back it up by beating boro it will have all been for nothing.

  • tino97

    Nov 23, 2008 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #9

    A lot of people have said we rode our luck yesterday. We probably did, but I was at the Chelsea match last year, when Kalou scored the winner 5 yards offside. So that is justice! I thought Bassong was great yesterday, but I think he will have the same problem as Taylor. Both young, both great on their day and both inconsistent. I think we would be better with another experienced CB alongside Colo for the next season or so. Hopefully in January, get rid of Cacapa and bring in another CB. Hopefully Bassong and Taylor will become more consistent.

  • graeme

    Nov 23, 2008 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #10

    It was great to see us battling for the full 90 minutes with total comittment. I enjoyed the game for what it was even though we looked a bit rough and ready at times, we performed well as a team.

    I thought we would get spanked yesterday, but we didnt. We played well for most of the game; yes, we rode our luck a couple of times, but we were the away team and Chelski couldnt break us down after 93 minutes.

    A thoroughly well deserved, hard fought for draw. Keep it up next week against the smoggies though!!!!!!

  • ronaldeano

    Nov 23, 2008 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Taylor will have to work his Balls off to get back into the side.
    Colloccini and Bassong were absolutely brilliant yesterday and they deserve to be paired up together for the forseeable future on that performance

  • The Entertainers

    Nov 23, 2008 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #12

    The surprise result of the season, i have to be honest and thought we were there for the taking. Credit to joe and the lads, well done.

    Why is it we can do this against the big boys (Man U, Chelsea,Villa, Man C) but stumble against Fulham, WBA, Sunderland!

    Interesting words from JFK. Wanting to move on fringe players, then saying ones that wont play for Newcastle. Immediately Xisco came to mind as its clear Joe doesnt fancy the lad. Hes done nothing to suggest other wise, in his albeit short time here.
    He should never have been bought and the Swiss lad was a much better choice!

    Lets hope whether Ashleys here or not we get it right this transfer window.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #13

    typical Newcastle mate!..

    …Praise all round tho’…Ho’way!..

    …It just shows that we’re not as bad as people try to make out!..


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