Joe Kinnear will be hoping that Newcastle United can extend their unbeaten Premier League run to six games against Tottenham Hotspur next Sunday, but what we need is wins, since draws don’t move us up that league table.
Joe Kinnear – must have had great satisfaction yesterday
Newcastle climbed 4 places up the table from 18th to 14th after yesterday’s result, but we’re still just one point above 3rd bottom place.
On the other hand we are just 4 points out of 8th place, where Pompey are placed this morning, and we really ripped them apart a little in the second half, although they were better than us in the first half.
Joe Kinnear must have been very satisfied yesterday after not having the rub of the green in the last several games, when we really should have picked up more points.
Joe said today:
“When I came to Newcastle I looked at the table and we were quite a few points behind the likes of Manchester City, Blackburn and West Ham.”
“The plan was to close the gap on those teams and you could say that gap has now been closed significantly.”
“We’ve drawn a lot of games and some of those have been disappointing but the important thing to remember was that we were still picking up points to add to our tally.”
“Hopefully we can get another decent result against Spurs. We are still unbeaten at home since I arrived and I’d like that to continue and put us in good stead for the Christmas games.”
“I want us to get up and over the 20-point mark quickly now and look to kick on.”
There’s be some of that feel-good feeling with Newcastle fans this week, and so there should be.
Everything Joe has been preaching to his players about good defense, resilience and consistency came good yesterday, and it was a bit of a triumph for the manager, because we could all see what a good team Newcastle can be when they are so well organized and play for each other.
What was so good yesterday was that it was a great team effort over the 90 minutes.
Portsmouth could have won it in the first half, when they had us on the back foot for most of the time, but the defense was good and had the luck when they needed it, and Shay made that magnificent save on 30 minutes.
But the way the team pushed on for the win in the second half was just great to watch, their mission was to win, and that’s what they played for yesterday, to make up for the disappointment of last Saturday.
No excuses from now on – yes we will all feel much better this week, but we need another win against Tottenham on Sunday.
That’s looking to be a great game, which we can definitely win, and take all 3 points from, which is exactly what we need to do.