Kinnear Confident Ahead Of Stoke Game

Newcastle have shown in the last two games they Kinnear has put together a very good defense and we didn’t concede a goal, but on the other hand our attack has looked a little toothless, and we haven’t scored a goal either.

Joe Kinnear – pleased with the way things are going

Joe Kinnear however seems quite pleased with the way the team is playing but wants to see the side starting to get some goals again.

Joe talked to the Newcastle Journal today:

“I’ve been delighted with the defense, in fact I’ve been delighted with how things are going in general,” “We’re on a good little run at the moment and while it would have been nice to have turned one of the draws against Chelsea or Middlesbrough into a win we have a solid platform behind us ahead of the Stoke game.”

“We have kept two clean two sheets and have defended superbly. We would have liked to create a little bit more in those games and taken the chances that we did, but that was away from home and we have already shown we are a dangerous side going forward at home.”

“We’ve scored two goals in every home game since I’ve been manager, that’s eight goals in four games and we have always looked a threat going forward. We know we have the players who will score goals at this level.”

“What we need to do against Stoke is combine those two elements into our performance and I’m confident we can do that. I’ve got a good feeling about the game on Saturday because the confidence is back in the side, we’re well organized and we’re fighting for each other, that’s the basis of a pretty good football team.”

All three points on Saturday would be an excellent result for the lads, because we’re still 4th bottom of the league, and we need wins to get up that league table.

Hopefully we’ll be good enough to do just that.

Comments welcome.

13 comments so far


    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #1

    Lets not worry about Stoke and there height issues. Let’s stick to our strengths and let them worry about us. Same back four JK and no return for Taylor.

  • TJ

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #2



    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Unlucky TJ

  • TJ

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #4

    @GEORDIE69 .ya man u gat speed.

  • tino97

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #5

    I understand what you are saying about playing to our strengths. But the only threat Stoke pose is in the air. I would play Taylor at LB, as I think Jose would be weak against Stoke’s physical strength. Play Martins, Viduka and Owen up front like last year. With Butt, Jonas and Guthrie in Midfield.

  • Micky Toon

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Exactly Geordie69. Let them worry about us. Let them worry about the speed and unpredictability of Martins.
    If we are concerned about that gadgies long throw, just stick a player in front of him on the touchline. It’s not illegal and would put him right off.


    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Aye TJ thats what wor lass says an al! Tino I wouldnt spend to much time worrying about Stokes height problems Im sure Enrique will be fine. Let them worry about us. Playing Taylor at left back will do nothing for our balance and nothing for Enriques confidence. Leave Bassong and Colo together and let Taylor fight for his place.

  • Paul R

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Yeah same team 4 sure but if owen plays crap again haul him off at half time. Think we will win 2-0 martins to grab one i reckon !! then lets go to pompey and get something there to – the arent that great !!

    howay the lads !

  • Guinea Mag

    Dec 5, 2008 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #9

    Agree; same team as last week with Viduka coming off the bench for the last 30 minutes.

    If the Under 18’s are not playing, would like to see young Ranger getting some action if we are a few goals to the good.

    We should beat Stoke and confident we will; i.e. 2-0 or 3-0

  • Shot Bru!

    Dec 5, 2008 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #10

    your’e right Geordie69, if players (defenders in particular) start changing the way they play just because of Delap’s throw ins, it might lead to uncertainty in our defending. I think the best way to combat their throw ins is to do what Wigan did against them the other week and leave 3 up front, as it doesn’t overcrowd our box. This way it creates space for Given to come and claim the ball and if any stoke player was to touch him the ref would always favour the keeper. Easier said than done though.

  • Toon Graeme

    Dec 5, 2008 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #11

    I think JFK will send out an unchanged team and the same as last week. Martins will be off with about 30 mins to go – goals or no goals.

    Could be wrong but think we will stick to 4-4-2.

    Would love to see an easy 2-0 win – but there is no such thing as an easy game – we are NUFC.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 5, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #12

    3 points by any means necessary!!! i’ll take a scrappy 1-0; as long as we win! I would love the team to put on a real performance tomorrow as per the villa game! I thouroughly enjoyed that night! I would play with the three up front tomorrow because i personally dont think it works playing owen and martins together; but as long as we win i dont care who plays and i want us to go down to pompey with 5 points from the last 9 available!!!!


  • AO

    Dec 5, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #13

    TJ- i see you have got this blog kicked out of the soccelens competition with your vote rigging. Idiot.


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