The Newcastle dressing room was apparently something to behold, after Newcastle’s gritty defensive performance against Premier League leaders Chelsea yesterday afternoon.
Joe Kinnear – performance has given the side a massive lift
A delighted Joe Kinnear told Sky Sports after the game:
“You won’t get a bigger task than coming to Stamford Bridge at the moment.” “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.”
“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 you are playing against some of the best players in the world.”
There were lots of good things to take out of this game for Newcastle fans, not least of which was the fighting performance of every man wearing the famous black and white stripes of Newcastle. That warmed the heart of many a Newcastle fan yesterday.
Of course Shay Given was immense again in goal, and center-backs Coloccini and Bassong both gave inspired performances, and the rest of the lads supported each other in what was an overall terrific team performance of grit and courage.
This wasn’t expected, and if we can play like this in London, against one of the best teams in Europe, let’s hope we can take Middlesbrough apart at the Riverside Stadium next Saturday, where the emphasis has to be on attack and all taking 3 points. 😀