Kinnear Adding Steel To Newcastle Side

After two poor defensive performances at Fulham and at home to Wigan last week, who would have thought Newcastle would put in probably their best defensive performance of the season at Stamford Bridge yesterday and come away with a point?

Joe Kinnear – adding steel to Newcastle side

And while Chelsea had complete territorial advantage yesterday, the actual chances Chelsea were able to carve out were few and far between, and probably the best one was early in the game when Frank Lampard’s header was brilliantly saved by Shay Given, when most other goalkeepers would have been well beaten.

The central defensive pair of Coloccini and Bassong were sturdy to say the least, and the performance of 22 year-old Sebastien Bassong, says much for his future career at the club.

The youngster has loads of skill, but the thing that is impressive more than anything about the French youngster is his application and temperament, which was first class yesterday, in the heat of the battle.

And Argentine Fabricio Coloccini will be a much better player, as he gets more and more Premier league games under his belt, but the Argentine International was again colossal for Newcastle yesterday and had another memorable game – when it counted.

Newcastle were not at their strongest with England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor still missing, but the back four had excellent games, with Jose Enrique probably the only weakness. Jose has to stop giving the ball away when he gets possession, and if Joe is still here in January a left-back has to be a top target. Stephen Warnock would be great at Newcastle.

Indeed the organization and grit shown by this Newcastle side yesterday warmed the heart, and Joe and the Newcastle coaches certainly did a sterling job of getting the lads ready for this very tough game, when most Newcastle fans were afraid their team would be taken to the cleaners.

Kinnear has his critics, but if you like to see the Newcastle players giving their all, and fighting for the cause of Newcastle United, Joe’s an excellent manager to have at this difficult time for the club. And after his initial foul mouthed outburst, mainly to Simon Bird of the Daily Mirror for the rubbish Simon had wrote about him, Joe is surprisingly calm, polite and even subdued at his press conferences, but what comes across is he knows this game of football.

There’s not a lot of good news coming out of the negotiations with the American Consortiums, so it’s good that at least Joe is getting on with the job, not complaining, and putting some steel, courage and grit into this Newcastle side.

Well done Joe – and thanks.

33 comments so far

  • Turkish Magpie

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #1

    We need Warnock!

  • AndrewNUFC

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #2

    Yeah i would like him but it looks as if Kinnear is opting to go for Riise 🙁

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Ashley must back Joe in the transfer window,he could do miracles with his set of players.
    I’d give Joe 2 year contract if you ask me cos he’s got what it takes to make us successfull again.

    Well done Joe….Catanaccio style but who cares.
    With KK we would have lost 3-0 like nothing.

  • Alex

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Isn’t it nice to wake up on a Sunday morning knowing that our team has a DEFENCE !!!! .
    That was our best defensive display in years , now a creative midfielder & a left back to challenge Jose in January and we will be heading for top 10 finish .

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #5

    From the 70 mins of the match I saw till the feed from Justin TV crashed. I thought Enrique had a decent game, it’s probable that anyone would have struggled yesterday and a bit more help from Duff of the type that Habbib got from Jonas wouldn’t have gone amiss. From what we have seen from Jose I feel there is a really skillfull player dying to emerge but circumstances are suppressing his natural instincts. I think he needs more time and patience, Warnock wouldn’t be a bad stop gap but I think long term Jose will be better.

  • Nick Cotton

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #6

    Yeah Eddie Royal got some steel maaaaaaaaaa. Warnock got a right old run around last week from Cisse, Riise is finished you don’t want either.

  • k k forever

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #7

    look at us get a point at chelsea and kinnear is fantastic wot about the games he threw away i cud have got us more points than joe if he stay we going down yeah we mite ov lost if keegan was still manager but we wud o at least beat man city mackems fulham wigan and everton that wud make us top 4

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Nick,if that’s the way you look at the things,then there arent any good fullbacks left in this world.

    No fullback and no centerback can do anything when’s left one on one agains someone like Cisse.

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    Jeesus KK,how many games did JK have in NUFC.
    Keegan needed 9 or 10 games to give us the first win,and you should be lucky that we even got a draw against City knowing that we were one man and one goal behind at that time.
    JK has more inteligence in his little finger than KK in his whole brain if you ask me.

  • JOOO

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #10

    We dont need a LB Enrique was excellent yesterday. We need a few midfielders and defensive cover. We need:

    Di Maria

    Then I would be delighted

  • k k forever

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    patizan iam not asking you didnt they score in the 86 min lost at sunderland wot a joke

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #12

    Come on Ed Enrique played well so what if he gave the ball away a few times.Nicky Butt gave the ball away with the worse pass I have ever seen but not mentioned?Habib Beye was left daydreaming at the back post which let Ashley Cole nearly score but no mention?It seems to me Enrique is just used as a scapegoat.I lost count of Martins awful passes failed back heels and giving the ball away but again not mentioned.All Enrique needs is time and patience.

  • Ageordiedoonsooth

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #13

    Partizan you talk a load of rubbish. Our best display of the season was the 1st game against Man U with KK in charge. JFK has done well but he aint the answer long term we need new owners & a top manager to attract top players.

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #14

    kk….So what,even if you had Buffon and Given at the same time,they couldn’t do anything about it + it was only JK’s 3rd or 4th game in charge.
    Nobody’s candle is lit till dawn,ours just got blown away after 28 years… had to happen sooner or later.

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:21 AM

    Comment #15

    Ageordi…..Very good display i agree…..without Ronaldo Man Utd are nothing.

    How bout Arsenal Ageordi,KK was humiliated.It should have been 5-0 if you ask me.
    Thanks god he’s gone!!!

  • Rodney Trotter (Del's Brother)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #16

    Losing to Sunderland,drawing with Wigan and losing to that ‘massive’ club Fulham is worse than losing to that crap team Arsenal.Get a grip y0u ****

  • toon head

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:31 AM

    Comment #17

    nicky butt is awful i cant belive how bad he is we seriosuly need a creative midfielder and a defensve one
    i think we should get gattuso d’allesandro and vargas

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #18

    Rodney….whats the matter with ya,long time no chiki chiki.
    You ****,even Arsenal got beat at Fulham,and Liverpool was lucky to get a draw with Fulham cos when i looked at the half time stats..Liverpool’s possesion was only 37% with only 4 shots on goal,only 2 of them were accurate.
    Fulham had 67 % and 7 shots of which 5 of them were saved by Reina.

    We atleast scored against them but we were unfortunate to have a penalty against us.

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #19

    Rodney….Plus they were playing without Johnson against Arsenal.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Well said Partizan!..
    …Good perspective mate!..

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #21

    JK adds steel, by addin’ Bassong as cb…Knew this lad was a great buy!..
    …Well done Seb!..

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22

    Punk….Friends call me Hadji,and you and me are here on this blog since the begining 🙂

    Too bad a lot of viruses have joined 🙂

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #23

    i knew it was you Hadji, how y’doin’?..
    …Just thought i’d use y’new handle… 😀

    …Mate, it’s nice to hear some proper, unjaundiced views!..
    …Some do tend to over-react sometimes!..

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #24

    I know bro….but cos of these viruses we lost a lot of good blogers on this site where you could have had a constructive debate without someone jumping at you and using cheap language.

  • Punk Skunk

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #25

    Totally mate,
    it’s sad how some of the other guys have split the scene…Hope their still tunin’ in & readin’, maybe they’ll be back when all the bull is done?..
    …Dunno ’bout you, but i just wanna have a chat about the Toon with like-minded individuals…Maybe we can get it back there soon?..

  • Partizan

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #26

    Hope so too Punk


    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #27

    Bill F (Original) disagree, enrique locked not always that good…he threw the ball away too often.

    He needs to stop that, but I’m afraid time is not on his side. We need another left back and I would prefer Warnock over Riise. I do not write off enrique completely, he’s still young and can be a decent leftback, but at the moment we need a Warnock or even a Riise.

  • Bill F (Original)

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #28

    Elfer I think the big problem was that he didn’t really have a viable outlet, most of our players were hoofing the ball out of defence due to the incessant Chelsea pressure. The order ofthe day was desperate defence and I thought he coped as well as anyone else. I would have to agree that the biggest problem yesterday was Butt’s mindless passing he very nearly cost us the game. The sooner we get a replacement for him the better.

  • Sav

    Nov 23, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #29

    Take it easy. Credit to KK for Bassong – took him on trial and said ‘yes’.
    Good display of desperate defending but needed Shay, good luck and a Chelsea off-day to pull it off.

    All I’m saying is lets not start saying how many we’ll put past Boro and will we qualify for Europe just yet like we usually do.

  • Tom_Toon

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #30

    ‘Newcastle were not at their strongest with England Under-21 captain Steven Taylor still missing’

    Ed – what the hell?!? Taylor is the constant weaklink! Enrique plyed well yesterday.

    We can do better than Warnock and for a lesser price.

  • Fans Should Own the Club

    Nov 23, 2008 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #31

    We looked stronger defensively with Bassong & Colo in the middle than I ever feel with Taylor.

  • Guinea Mag

    Nov 23, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #32

    Comments on Enrique are a bit unfair; he did well yesterday although agree an additional LB as competition and cover is good for Newcastle and Enrique!

  • buddy

    Nov 23, 2008 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #33

    lets calm down about jk. he is not what we need in the long term. we have seen this in recent weeks. yeasterdays performace was excellent but he is NOT the answer. just another glenn roeder type situation. if he gets us full time we will stay where we currently are.


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