Newcastle Did Everything Kinnear Asked For Yesterday

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.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • broon ale

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #1

    off subject but,

    Remember the subject of whether Newcastle fans singing “Mido has a bomb you know” is racist/islamophobic?
    The media made a huge deal about it and drummed enough attention on the subject to essentially make a mountain out of a mole hill.
    I was therefore surprised to find that not one of those media hacks have mentioned the recent chanting aimed at our own Jonas Gutierrez.
    For the last few games he has had to endure chants of “gypsy”
    Is this racist or gypsyphobic!
    Mido done his up most to highlight the chants by claiming we insult not him but his religion (no one sang anti Islam chants towards Tuncay, Mido’s team mate) Jonas quietly gets on with his job and the media simply ignore the chants.
    On the subject of Jonas, he’s mint!
    Rant over

  • 51times

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    The bigots in the South hate us and this club, don’t be surprised that things like that happen.

  • Matt

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Spurs looked fairly poor against man utd. Gomes kept them in it, their defence has massive holes in it all over the place. They might play King against us though which would make it a bit more tricky.

  • Ausgeordie

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Ed what did we agree mate. No more saying we have to win, the lads cant handle the pressure. Must lose means we defy expectations and rise to the challange.

  • toonarmy 08

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #5

    woodgate will be missing from the weekend game aswell lads ,so thats another positive ,my best mate is a spuds fan ,we really need to beat them !!!!!!

  • nightfall

    Dec 15, 2008 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #6

    Matt – i disagree…spurs played well…and as for their defence..woodgate and king were missing… that’s like us playing with taylor-cacapa…we’d lose against portsmouth with that defence…and stoke…and wigan…and…well probably everyone…

  • Spyro

    Dec 15, 2008 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #7

    It doesn’t matter who Spurs have in defence, if we play well and the crowd get behind the team we will beat them.

  • Kevin Nichol

    Dec 15, 2008 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #8

    For some reason; other than winning against sunderland…winning against spurs gives me more satifaction than winning against any other premiership team! I think this stems from an attitude from the spurs fans which suggests that they have a god given right to win football matches, challenge for the champions league (even though they have never appeared in that competition) and buy anyone and everyone when ever they feel like it; no matter who they are playing for….!!!! lol…apparently they are signing Owen in Jan and Joe Cole next summer!!! All according to the southern press of course!!!! It has been 3-1 to newcastle in the past two seasons at St. James park and that score line has returned me some nice cash…£10 on the same result again…

  • Piers

    Dec 15, 2008 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #9

    Spurs are playing very well…..its going to be a terrific game

  • Toon_Ksk

    Dec 15, 2008 at 10:12 PM

    Comment #10

    For no reason, I think winning the relegation fight will give me satisfaction over win against any team.


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