We remember well when Newcastle conceded a goal in the first half against Blackburn Rovers, in the first half of the first game Joe Kinnear watched at St. James’ Park, when he had his head in his hands at the inept defending of Newcastle.
Joe Kinnear – has improved the Newcastle defense immeasurably
But how that has changed under the leadership of a wily and experienced manager, who has started to bring the very best out of the Newcastle players.
Joe said today:
“I’m delighted,” “People are harping on week in, week out that we haven’t been winning away, so it puts that record straight.”
“We’re hard to beat away from home first and foremost and then it’s a case of taking what we can and creating opportunities at the other end.”
“We’ve got that mentality into the players now. We’ve been getting a bit of criticism recently because we’ve had so many draws but the philosophy ain’t going to change.”
And it’s been obvious that defense has been the top priority for Kinnear, having been a right-back himself at Tottenham for 10 years, and insisting week in week out, that Newcastle become a lot more resilient than they have been for many a season.
“When I came they were lacking in confidence and direction and they probably didn’t work as hard as I do at coaching on defensive situations,”
“We normally have four days a week working on the defense because I believe it’s the most important part of football.”
“It’s always difficult to teach strikers to score goals – they either have it or they haven’t – whereas defensively you need to work on that as a unit day in, day out.”
“I know people were saying we were getting too many draws for the position we were in but if you look at the teams we’ve been playing, they’ve been decent results.”
“In our last three away games we’ve claimed clean sheets,” “When I took the job we were 10 points behind Blackburn, 10 behind Man City.”
“We’ve gradually got ourselves up and running and now we’re a few points in front of those teams and very close to the rest. I don’t know many teams who come here and win by three goals.”
We hope yesterday’s performance is the start of a new dawn under Joe, now that he seems to have sorted through a number of Newcastle’s playing problems.
And it will be great to get 5 new players in during the January transfer window – we can’t wait.
And the players can go into every game thinking they can win the game, and certainly their confidence in the second half yesterday looked sky high.
Joe has said his game plans are put in place to win every game, and that’s what we’ve liked a lot about Joe – he plays decent football, and that’s what we also loved about Kevin Keegan, and what we didn’t like much about big Sam, who was too often willing to just hang on
In retrospect Kevin Keegan’s resignation from Newcastle has given Joe Kinnear the greatest management opportunity of his life, and he’s making the most of it, that’s for sure.
To win 3-0 away from home is a good performance, in anybody’s book.