Joe Kinnear is enjoying the accolades that his Newcastle team are receiving for their never-say-die performance against a very good Chelsea side on Saturday, who just couldn’t find a way to score against a completely committed Newcastle side, that Joe and his coaching staff had prepared so perfectly for the significant challenge at Stamford Bridge.
The Toon Army – Joe and players didn’t let them down
But the lads kept to their game-plan and got what in the end they fully deserved, in gaining a valuable point from the capital, against one of the best teams in Europe.
Joe said today:
“It was a team effort, and I’m delighted for the Geordie fans that traveled down,” “We didn’t let them down – we rolled our sleeves up and deserved to get something out of the game.”
“I think we’d been written off before the match, and Chelsea were 1/6 on. We had a game plan. We decided we’d drop off a bit more and let them have it at the back.”
“As long as they played it across and in front of us, we were always nice and comfortable. Then, of course, with the pace we’ve got, we could grab the opportunity if and when we made it.”
“When Spider-man (Jonas Gutierrez) went down the line and dribbled past one or two of them on that right hand side and pulled it back, I thought that was the one. I thought Oba (Martins) was going to stick it away, but it was great defending on their part.”
“There’s not many people going to come here and get the result we got, and this will boost confidence. Everybody’s on fire. It feels like a victory.”
Joe was right when he said the players didn’t let the traveling fans down, and the fans were in full voice at the end of the game, delighted by their team’s grit and courage.
And Joe will now experience the vibes in the City of Newcastle today, and all this week, that is the warmth, delight and utter passion that follows a great Newcastle performance, even though we didn’t win.
That’s what it’s like after a good performance and yes it’s almost the exact opposite – doom and gloom – after a pathetic performance – but that’s what passion is, both the good and the bad.
We must now be consistent and challenge for a win at Middlesbrough on Saturday, and really build on what was an unexpected but fabulous performance in London on Saturday.
Howay The Lads!