Joe Kinnear has vowed to attack Portsmouth on Sunday, whatever the starting line-up turns out to be for the Magpies.
Joe Kinnear – we’ll attack Portsmouth
Kinnear told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Whatever team we take to Pompey, we will be up for the fight.” “That’s what we all want, and everybody is pulling in the same direction.”
“We are getting harder to beat, and I will demand the very best from everybody who plays once again when we go to Portsmouth.”
Kinnear has some injuries so it will be interesting to see which team Joe puts out at Fratton Park, but if Guthrie is not fit, he could do worse than give a run-out to Charles N’Zogbia in central midfield.
“Things have been going very well despite the injuries.” “We’ve had no Nicky Butt and no Danny Guthrie, and I have been forced to play people out of position in the middle.”
“On Saturday we ended the game with Cacapa and Jonas in the middle they were just filling in positions they don’t normally play in.”
“Guthrie hasn’t trained for the last two days, and then you have Nicky Butt and Damien Duff we will see by Friday if they can play at Pompey.”
“None of them have trained yet this week.” “Throw in the fact that Joey Barton is going to be out for six to eight weeks and you have almost a first-choice midfield all out.”
“We just have to keep our fingers crossed.” “At the moment we have been completely rocked as far as midfielders are concerned.”
Well, that’s why we needed to buy new players in the summer, and we didn’t. But of course that’s not Joe’s fault, it was the Newcastle Board’s fault – remember them?
We are sure Joe will do his very best to correct the situation next month, and we just have to hope that he gets some significant support from owner Mike Ashley.
Joe did have his meeting yesterday with Llambias and Wise, so we wait to hear today what happened at the meeting.
Joe is trying to put a good face on all of this and we don’t balme him, but we’re still 4th bottom of the league, and last season after 16 games we had 22 points, and we didn’t think we were doing too well, at that time. We have 16 points from our first 16 games this season, so we’re down a bit from last season.
What we need now are performances on the field, and Joe can say all he wants to about wanting to attack and getting his players ready to be up for the games – that’s part of his job.
But he also said that last week about the Stoke game, but it was Stoke who were attacking us throughout the second half, and were allowed to come back at St. James’ Park, after being two goals down with just 30 minutes to play. 🙁
“We could go more offensive, but even in the striker department we only have Oba and Michael in attack who are totally fit.”
“Mark Viduka has only played two 20-minute shifts and is not yet at his sharpest.”
The real truth is until we start getting some wins, not draws, then the disenchantment on Tyneside is going to continue.
We have four games left this year, and we need to go into every one of them with a plan to win the game, no more of these draws, when wins are three times more important in terms of points.
That’s what we need to do, now let’s see if we can execute, and by the end of the year we’ll have a better idea if how we stand with relegation.