Joe Kinnear knows the great result in London on Saturday will give his players a massive confidence boost for our next game at Middlesbrough this coming Saturday.
Joe Kinnear – another good performance and win needed at Middlesbrough
The Newcastle side were not given much hope by anybody on Saturday, but another gritty and courageous performance, which is becoming a hallmark of our displays under Joe Kinnear, deservedly earned Newcastle an unexpected point against one of the best sides in Europe.
But now we have to build on that and start moving up the table with some wins, starting at The Riverside Stadium on Saturday:
Joe talked today:
“The Chelsea draw is a massive lift,” “You could tell by the dressing room after the game, the lads were buzzing.” “It lifts the whole mood in preparing for the derby at Middlesbrough.”
“It will be a totally different game at the Riverside because this one we’ll have a great chance of winning.” “It was always going to be tough to win at Chelsea but I thought maybe we could nick something given the players we’ve got.”
“That wasn’t to be and in the end I was delighted with the point.” “We’ll have another big following at Middlesbrough and that’s always a huge boost for the lads.” “Hopefully we’ll give them something to cheer about come Saturday tea-time.”
Not let’s put a little bit of cold reality into this discussion. Usually after a good display Newcastle then are usually disappointing in their next game, and fail to win the points we should against the weaker opposition in the league. How often has that happened over the last few seasons?
We should accept that and go all out for all 3 points on Saturday, because that’s what we need after such a sterling display last Saturday. We need the same type of performance again on Saturday, but this time we’ll attack much more and try to get the win.
And Middlesbrough are a strange side, one week they look great, the next week they look awful. Last Saturday they looked awful, in their 3-1 home defeat by Bolton.
So we’re never sure which side will turn up, but it’s likely Gareth Southgate will have his side fully ready for Newcastle this weekend, so it will certainly not be easy.
And we’re back in 3rd bottom place after Wigan beat Everton at home last night 1-0, so we need all 3 points.
Whether we can get the 3 points or not, will tell us better whether Joe is starting to build a winning team at Newcastle – but we sure hope so in these very uncertain times for the club. 😀
Howay The Lads!