A very good interview today that Joe Kinnear gives to the Shields Gazette, as the manager talks about yesterday’s game at Fratton Park, and how pleased he was to get a win again.
Shay Given – brilliant stop in 30th minute kept us in game
Joe talked to the Shields Gazette today:
“It was about time – I’ve had to listen to that regular question ‘when are you going to win your first away match’ for too long,”
“We’ve had difficult away matches, but that’s our third clean sheet on the road. We got great draws at Everton and Chelsea, which aren’t easy places to travel to, and to go to Portsmouth and win by three clear goals was a massive result for us.”
“It sent the Toon Army home very happy, and maybe they can enjoy the start of their Christmas.”
“We did dominate at times. I was disappointed we didn’t come in at half time one in front, as Oby had smashed the ball against the post. It was a tremendous shot.”
“For me, this was a game which was there to be won if we stamped our authority on it.”
“We looked comfortable with (Peter) Crouch and (Jermain) Defoe, even though they did create a couple of chances, as they always do.”
“Fair credit to the back four, and above all Shay Given. It was a third clean sheet away from home, and as long as we keep building on it by making ourselves hard to beat, we have got enough talent and enough good strikers to score us goals.”
“We were on a downer last week against Stoke. I think we just ran out of legs halfway through that game. We had no midfield players on the pitch, and it was a case of sticking people in left, right and center.”
“It took me a few days to get over losing a second game in the 90th minute, but you have to put these things behind you and get on with it, and that’s exactly what we did.”
“It was a tremendous reaction from the Stoke game to come to Portsmouth and win 3-0. It could have been more, but we’ll settle for the three.”
“It’s done our goal difference the world of good, and we moved up a few places. It puts us in a good frame of mind for the Tottenham game, so bring it on!”
Good words from Joe, but in truth we still haven’t got over the Stoke game. 😀
But of course Joe’s right, and we think the lads leaned from their mistakes last week, and yes a second successive win against Tottenham on Sunday, is just what the Doctor ordered.
But we have to also remember that Newcastle are never consistent, and we are far too much up and down as a team.
Joe would do well to ensure the lads forget all about yesterday, and concentrate again on how to win next Sunday, just like they obviously did so well last week.
Once that first goal went in yesterday, you could feel the determination of the Newcastle team to stick to the task for that all important win, and Joe has certainly put some pride and fight back into the team.