Joe Kinnear – We Played Exceptionally Well

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.   😀

Comments welcome.

63 comments so far


    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #1


  • Phil

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Great win – the team worked hard for each other, but we do still need a quality central midfield player, who can direct things and slot the killer pass through to Oba/MO.

  • Spyro

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Enrique’s performance today was sublime. Looks such a talent when he is allowed to push forward.

  • Ally

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #4

    Geordie In Norway are there any more rumours over there linking us with Per Ciljan Skjelbred

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Well done JFK too, I can have no complaints today and cant rant all week about your tactics, we didn’t sit back, we weren’t great it the first half but your tactics were good mate. Keep it up.

    On another note, I know Ameobi wasn’t on that long, but what a changed player! I am actually happy to have him on my team, obviously loves the club and wants to be here, but he has some quality too!


    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #6

    what a game for enrique he’s my man of the match

  • MattyDread

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Spyro – agree. Enrique generally gets a bad press but he could be a big player for us. He doesn’t always do the sensible thing but he’s a young player and will learn. He had a good game today.

  • gonk licker

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #8

    aye we need them new faces sharpish turkish squire

  • UTD111

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree – I thought Enrique’s performance was excellent. There were big performances all through the team, to be fair.
    Hopefully the lads can take confidence from this win into next week’s game against soft southern spuds….

  • Spyro

    Dec 14, 2008 at 7:59 PM

    Comment #10


    Ameobi looked class when he came on didn’t he. Feels like we have slipped into the twilight zone.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #11

    The dillema is that if we buy a new left back, Enrique’s development will be hampered severely, as the new left back will not want to be left on the bench… What to do?

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #12

    Ameobi literally look a class act when he came on!

  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #13

    Agreed Tom_Toon, he didn’t look bad atall!

  • craig chisholm

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #14

    well i hold my hands in the air and will say the single thing that i can see that has improved since kinnear has came in is the defence. our defence is probably the best organised and playing as a unit that i have seen them in years, so while i dont like jk or think he is the answer i will give him credit where its due and say well done for doing something that other managers have all failed at miserably. i just want owen to stay but i think that for him to stay with us now will be both a miricle and a major coup for ashley. perhaps they could offer owen a new deal on the same money but with a claus saying that if we get relegated at any point we will allow him to leave on a free. for instance, if he signs now he would be allowed to go at the end of season if we go down to the fizzy league. owen might well go for that, who knows.

  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #15

    I thought Guthrie was brilliant today he together with butt took control of midfield second half , what a great goal he scored lets hope that triggers a run of goals for him .

  • Spyro

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #16


    Mate, Guthrie was superb and he really stunned me with some of his composure on the ball today.

  • Spyro

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #17

    Anyone else noticed that Louise Taylor didn’t write The Guardians’ report of our match today? 😀 Is it me, or does she only ever write the report when we lose? LOL

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #18

    She is a Mackem bint.

  • michael12

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #19

    A testimony to my claim that the league is so tight this season. Another Weekend in which the big four have been held. Never has it been tighter. Remember this

  • powellnufc

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #20

    Kinnear could buy a new left back for now to steady up the defence, and send Enrique out on loan. Possibly to a spanish team or lower down team, which will help him with his development and confidence, instead of being stuck on the bench.

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #21

    Oh yeah, Newcastle players were superb today. All of them. And I really want to savor this victory because you guys have no idea what I (think all we) suffered in the past few weeks. So, let’s celebrate.

    But hey, I would honestly like to stress something. The team has to pay much attention in some details, most because some of these details were costing us some games. Remember the first half, I sincerely almost have a heart attack when Bassong decided to pull Defoe’s shirt inside the penalty area, and we’re lucky (even if it was not a penalty) that Chris Foy dindn’t gave the penalty to Pompey. We won 3-0, but that soft action could have changed our fortunes and we could easily lost all confidence and deliver the win to our opponent. And if this have happened, nobody can fault Joe Kinnear.

    But don’t worry, we deserved the win as the Newcastle faithful (can I include me in that?) really deserved to be happy with some stuff. We just have to pay more attention, even because this team has A LOT OF quality and cannot be beaten by fool things.

    Howay the lads!

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Spyro, TT,

    Agreed, she is a slut that has a fanny like a hippos yawn

    She has been shot over more times than Baghdad

    Seen more stiffs than Quincy…….

    I could go on…! 🙂

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #23

    powellnufc – what the point of loaning him out to a Spanish team?!?! We want him to adapt to the prem!

  • ronaldeano

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #24


    Agreed mate, the ref was harsh on Pompey today like.

    But its about time we had some luck in the refereeing department 🙂

  • Mr Flibble

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #25

    Really enjoyed the game today. It’s refreshing to actually feel some confidence in our ability to defend well while under the kosh.

    But I agree too that the ref was kind to us at times today. On another day, we might have conceded a penalty for Bassong’s shirt pulling antics, and we might not have got the amount of free kicks we did for some of the late tackles against our lads.

    Enrique today showed what he’s capable of. My worry is that he’s not consistent yet. Loaning him out, possibly to a spanish club, might do him the world of good, but we can only do that if we get 1/2 of our left back targets. Fingers crossed!

  • Alex

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:46 PM

    Comment #26

    Whats the point in loaning him out at all , let alone to a Spanish club . The point in bringing in another left back is to provide cover and competition in that position .

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #27

    Exactly Alex, but suggesting loaning him out to a Spanish club is even more ludicrous.

  • nightfall

    Dec 14, 2008 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #28

    so we can sell viduka, smith and carroll = throwing away 130 k each week…

    ST: owen, martins, shola, xisco, least until summer

  • nightfall

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #29

    loaning xisco might not be a bad idea…but yes i EPL club…

    if we had a proven LB in the club, enrique wouldn’t play one bit and we wouldn see what he’s capable off, so i hope we don’t sign a LB in january TW…or ever..’cos if we do…1 very talented player will leave…enrique or kadar…and i won’t them both to stay…

    but we need 2 central midfielders..defensive and attacking…and i hope Joe is looking at parker, vieira,… haven’t got a clue who should we sign as an attacking midfielder though…that’s an expensive position 🙂

  • chrisayyyy

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #30

    iv just thought of something regarding january, do u all remember how joe kinnear sed he wants to get 3 loan signings in, and hes 190% sure of doing so(it sed this on another thread), well, how can he get 3 loan signings in if hes already got 1 loan signing (gonzalez) and ur not allowed more than 3 loan signings at once, so im thinkin to myself, is joe kinnear just trying to put hope into us and say mike ashley is willing to spend when actually hes not? coz u cant hav more than 3 loan signings at once and joe kinnear sed he wants 3 more, so i dont actually believe joe kinnear will get more than 2 ppl in in january

  • chrisayyyy

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #31

    ASHLEY OUT!!!!

  • Toon in Portugal

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #32

    Great result.

    Who said Enrique was rubbish he played like the best LB in the world today.

    Rumours over here are that Newcastle have made a 30M pound offer for Joao Moutinho and Miguel Veloso!

  • boater

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #33

    Nightfall.. I’m with you. Never mind ‘loaning Enrique out’ … I think that was a demented joke NUFCPowell right?!
    We should show some nerve in sticking with him and not signing another first choice left back … he is still learning and is an awesome prospect. At the other side we have Beye who is solid and class but also a lot older… you don’t get it all….
    JFK should do for Enrique what Ashley did for him by giving him the chance he earned.

    Enrique could be our leftback for the next 5 years… why bring in a ‘proven’ player to stunt his development and agitate him into a transfer request… only one can play and JFK doesn’t seem to be a fan of rotation it’s fair to say.

    Great result today – although we were frustrating in the first half- but we are much more aggressive in our attacking play with Barton playing – surely we need to bring in someone else in that position although Guthrie had a cracking game.

  • boater

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Also… Guthrie is now about a £7mil pound midfielder now… good business there Mr. Wise.

  • ToonEskimo

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:20 PM

    Comment #35

    I was pleasantly surprised by today’s performance, nice to see Kinnear sticking with the same back 4, it can only bring confidence to the team, thought everyone had good games’ today and we didn’t give too much of the ball away……thought Colo and Jose did very well but I’d say Owen and Guthrie were Men of the Match, Owen was all over and is top quality….when fit.

  • KK FOREVER (Ross)

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #36

    A few observations on todays game

    Owen again got a goal and got us on our way, was dropping deep at times to take the ball and i thought he had yet another good game, would in no way get rid of him come Jan.
    Enrique had an average first half, but a far better second half. i will admit he gave the ball away carelessly first half, but second half was bursting forward, putting in sensible tackles at the back, looked strong, and distributed the ball alot better than he did in the first. what an excellent strike that was heading for the top bag too!
    Guthrie looked absolutly brilliant at times. There were small sections of the first, and second half where we looked slightly frantic, and danny would just take the ball at his feet and hold it. Nice and simple, keep it for a second, look up and play the simple pass. Great goal and a perfect way to top off a great match, my MOTM.
    Martins again, very sporadic. Creating chances out of nothing, what a total belter that hit from 25 yards was, would have loved it to go in!. On a slightly less positive note, was he actually injured? he seemed to be holding his groin maybe when celebrating, hope there’s nowt too serious about that!

    All in all, a solid performance and a great win. Back four looked very organised most of the time, Guthrie had a great game in the middle, and we looked good infront of goal. A mention also for strolla, who came on and held the ball up excellently at times. There was one instance towards the end of the game where he was pinned in the corner by two defenders, and he just sort of..danced through the two of them, had to double take! haha.

  • nightfall

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:23 PM

    Comment #37

    i agree..a new LB would cost us 5m and probably another 10 in wages…so why? we’re cover for the next 10 years if enrique and kadar both keep progress… invest in central midfielders!!! and get a talented RB in…

  • Spyro

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #38

    Guthrie for me has always stepped up whenever he has been needed. He never complains and is passionate about the team. Players like this are vital to our future.

    Enrique, despite being constantly criticized and left on the bench in the past, has said that he will see out his contract regardless of any speculation involving him. Again, players like this are not easy to find and vital to our future. Martins’ is of the same mould.

  • boater

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Good points there Brazilian geordie..
    I’ve been slightly worried about our indiscipline in dangerous defensive areas… totally unnecessary most of it. JK’s pitch-side antics also are a bit worrying. Is the official policy that he gives post-match interviews only when we win now?

    Strange times, strange football… it’s not like any newcastle I’ve ever seen… steady and composed, not conceding goals and able to nick goals without any midfield creativity in the centre or by bossing teams – could do with Barton back…

  • ToonEskimo

    Dec 14, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Well said Spyro, we don’t need any money grabbing selfish prima donna bar stewards at this club….


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