After Danny Guthrie’s goal on 89 minutes and at the end of the game today Joe Kinnear looked more than pleased and we would have taken 4 points from our last two games if offered to us.
Joe Kinnear – yes – 3 points!!
We’d have thought we’d get 3 points at home against Stoke City and a point away this afternoon, and we could so easily have had all 6 points, but that’s water under the bridge now, of course, so we’ll forget last week.
In his post-match interview, Kinnear had every right to be happy with the Newcastle performance, which was more than good in the second half, after we were hardly at our best in the first 45 minutes.
Kinnear told BBC Sport after the match this afternoon:
“We played exceptionally well and bossed the game for long periods – the performance had lots of quality,”
“Not many teams will put three past Portsmouth down here as it’s a tough place to come,”
“We are on a decent run now and it gives us confidence for our next game against Tottenham next week,”
Newcastle will be buzzing a little bit now, since we’ve gone 5 games without defeat, and actually won one of them now.
We have to try to make that two against Spurs next Sunday afternoon.
What stood out with the Newcastle performance today, even in the first half, was that Joe has the team extremely well organized, and every player knows exactly what they need to do.
And even when we’re under the cosh, which we were a few times in the first half, we are now proving we can be a lot more resilient, and not let goals in, and that’s exactly what set up the win this afternoon.
This game is really what the Newcastle fans had hoped for, and while we haven’t got enough points under Joe, 15 points now from 11 games, there’s only a couple of games in which we haven’t picked up any points, Sunderland and Fulham – both away – apologies for bringing up the Sunderland game again.
Hopefully we can go on from this, and start a win streak, and if we can get five good players in during January, either bought or on loan, that will give us a stronger squad.
Things are looking a bit better now, that’s for sure.
Yes, we know it’s just one win, but we’ve waited six weeks for it. 😀