Joe Kinnear So Pleased With A Win

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.

Comments welcome.

79 comments so far

  • Whumpie

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    For me, this game said three things:
    1. JFK wasn’t exaggerating much when he blamed the lack of fit midfield players against Stoke. So much came from Butt & Guthrie.

    2. JFK, much to my relief, didn’t try to sit on 1-0 or even 2-0. Hopefully that’ll be him converted to the ‘keep attacking till the final whistle’ way we do things here.

    3. Enrique has got it after all.

    And how about shoving the mackems down into the rellie zone as part of the deal? What a weekend!

  • The Alchemist

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #2

    Whumpie… Couldn’t agree more. Glad we attacked till the final whistle.

    enrique looks like a different player when hes allowed to get forward a bit more! Made some great challenges too. Tbh i don’t see why we dont promote kadar to the bench and use the Jan window for cm reinforcements

  • G

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I have a suggestion for Joe, instead of waiting till half time to put a rocket up Enrique’s ass, how about doing it just before kick off! He was worst player on the pitch before half time, after half time he was arguably the best. Would be nice to get a consistent 90 mins out of him at the form after half time.

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #4


    Concerning Enrique, those are my thoughts exactly.

  • Whumpie

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #5

    I’m not sure about how to develop Enrique from here. He’s still very young, so I think I’d still rather see us get in an experienced LB and let him compete for the place.

    Having a very young 1st-choice defender, with an even younger one as backup doesn’t really sound like an approach appropriate for a top-end team. But at the same time I’d not like to see him wither and leave if he didn’t get plenty of games.


    On another note, was it just me, or the editing, or did Coloccini have a couple of major brain-farts? Not like him at all.

  • Midjew

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #6

    Was a GREAT game. And was pleased to see great shots. Even Enrique got a GREAT shot off.

    Hopefully this is the beggining of better things!

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #7

    1,No silly (tactical) substitutions, only a forced one (Oba’s injured) and swapped with Shola which I agreed with.

    2, kept attacking @ 1-0 and 2-0 and got what we deserved.

    Pompey lost their way when they swapped the guy on their left to their right. Didn’t go all our way as Defoe had some good chances but missed them, lucky for us.

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #8


    No you are right. Coloccini made 3 or so silly mistakes, but he also made several crucial tackles, headers and interceptions. Was a bit of a mixed bag for him.

  • Dennis Twice

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #9

    Dennis thanks our team twice.

    Thank you! Thank you!


    Dennis Twice, Dennis Twice

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #10

    Dennis Twice seems a lot like Jonny ‘two times’,

    “im gonna go get the papers, get the papers”


  • african-kenyan-ronniezog

    Dec 15, 2008 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #11

    dont be overconfident jfk

  • dan

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #13

    Enrique is getting better and better by the game. He is defending better, and looks class when bursting into the final third. The shot that he had was on target and if it wernt for a great save from James it would have been the goal of the game. If he can keep this up, then there are far worse LB’s in the prem IMO and he gets alot of unfair bad press. I would like to see him score one of those belters just to shut up the haters.

    If Joe can get in another defender and a class midfielder, as well as 2 or 3 on loan we will be laughing. I like what he is doing, building up from the defense, what all good managers do. Can’t wait to see who these 4-5 players will be in Jan.


    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #15

    bassong had a great game! dare i say it i think he made less mistakes than coloccini on sat. the things he did was very very mature, considering he’s only like 22. careful taylor we have a new kid on the block…need to sign this kid up for the long term fast!

    gutherie showed no fear. martins was unlucky to not score with that bender. jonas was the creator of the first goal that lead to more, enrique is stating to show his worth…great game guys i’m still smiling.

  • michael12

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #16

    TO go away to a side like Portsmouth with arguably one of the most lethal striking combination in the league, keeping a clean sheet is important. The win was more than just three points, indeed the confidence boost may well be more important than the three points. We need to establish a swagger about us and hopefully get some momentum.

    While we may all want to be entertained by dancing footballers, we must not sacrifice points for entertainment.

    We seem to be a hard team to beat.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:42 PM

    Comment #17

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    we thought that the fact you could vote more than 1 meant that we were allowed

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    if it was then i would not have told ed to get in touch with you about the situation

  • cause I got the girth

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    sorry to hear about the award Ed, you had my vote (one of them i can assure you lol) Love the blog and keep up the good work!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #19

    never mind i just sent it lol

  • jim

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #20

    Hey! how comes rooneys got away with that stamping incident? typical bigger club leaway! wonder what would be going on right now if it was joey barton? exactly-one rule for joey-hung, drawn and quartered-and a let off for the rest-happened a few weeks back aswell with someone else-why havnt the press and media shot him with sh*t and wanted him banned for life?

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #21

    well we arent banned from next years competition

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #22


    that is different coz uefa made the decision though imo he should have been banned the player who rooney stamped on could have seriousely beeen hurt

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #23

    I knew that would happen, it is clear for EVERYONE to see that Rooney deliberately stamped on the Aalborg player, but UEFA will not do anything because of the direction Rooney is facing. He doesn’t look down at the player so therefore his intent comes under question…

  • Partizan

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #24

    I was just checking the Wiki concerning Michael Turner……maaan,what a discovery for 350 000 pounds.

    Guys one question: Who do you rate more
    Taylor or Turner?

  • jim

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #25

    and when someone takes barton out and puts him in hospital and out for months its just ok eh-(cattermole)? if the challenge on joey had of been the other way round hede be banned from football now-and its all wrong to witch hunt a player like that-just because theyve done wrong-how many players have been rougher than barton? what about roy keane and his leg breaking tackle? was he banned for life and kicked out of the sport? was cantona for assaulting the crowd?-or drogba? no just a short ban and left alone after that, players have a life and make mistakes off the pitch-cant wait for joey to get back and strengthen the team! cmaaan!

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Dodgy Willie Mckay has got Pompy in the s**t with his dodgy dealings. Harry the conman has left a bit of a mess behind eh.

  • hanzowen

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Yeah the 1st away win of the season, so please keep it up JK! See if he can make us a more consistent side by winning a run of games.

    Hail NUFC!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:33 PM

    Comment #28


    different organisations the f.a have no power over what rooney did its not up to them


    turner easily imo he should be in the england squad and is the best player to have come out of the championship since young


    werent we involved in some of that with souness and then allardyce was being questioned after his dodgy dealings

    also if these two are after him it must mean he is a decent prospect

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #29

    Concerning Shane Ferguson, why the f**k are we letting our highly rated youngsters run out of contract?!

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #30

    Anyone else get the feeling that Capello will not pick Owen until he moves away from our club?

  • Tom4Nufc

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #31

    No I dont think that Spyro, after what he recently said I reckon Owen is forcing himself into the team for sure, but lets just see!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #32


    exactlley i thought the hole idea was to develop our youth

    yeah i get that feeling but you never know what capello os thinking whether he stays with us or not i think we need him he is vital in the big games

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 15, 2008 at 4:55 PM

    Comment #33

    Spyro – A lot of our youngster are out of contract in the summer: Godsmark, Marwood, Lough, Morris, Danquah, Doninger and the highly rated Donaldson (who we should definitely keep).

    Edgar is also out of contract, but we should just let him leave more for his own sake.

  • lesh

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Joe’s pleased wit the Pompey win….. so was and is the population of Tyneside!

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #35

    looks like willie mckay has been suspended

    gd he talks complete and utter bollox

    1 time he was on skysports he claimed that he offered birmingham nana c.ronaldo and fabregas for 3.5 mil but birmingham said they werent gd enough for them

    he also claimed that when kk was manager the 1st time he begged kk to sign zidane for 1 mil but kks scouts said he wasnt good enough

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #36

    sorry not nana

    nani lol

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #37

    “he claimed that he offered birmingham nana c.ronaldo and fabregas for 3.5 mil but birmingham said they werent gd enough for them”


  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #38

    Ye and Sheffield United turned down Maradona when he was a youngster.

    What chumps.

  • Piers

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:41 PM

    Comment #39

    This game with the flucking Spurs is going to be a very good game. Both teams are playing well at the moment. We have to play our best if we want those 3 points.

  • beyethegreat

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #40

    it shows how simple this man is


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