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Joe Kinnear – I’m hurting as badly as the fans are
Joe has only lost 3 game sat Newcastle before yesterday and each one of them was by one goal, and until yesterday at least, we had eben competitive in every game he had managed at the club.
But yesterday changed all that and we wonder how much of a shock the performance was to Kinnear, probably more than he’s willing to say.
Joe told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
“The fans are not fooled easily and they know that we need strengthening after this game.”
“They also know that we won’t be playing Liverpool every week or up against somebody like Steven Gerrard, one of the best players in the world, every game – he was head and shoulders above everybody else.”
“He got a standing ovation when he went off and that shows what a knowledgeable crowd the Geordie folk are.”
“They have seen so many good players at this club in the past and I think they were spot on when they gave Gerrard an ovation and the rest of the Liverpool players at the end.”
“To applaud them at the end was absolutely right.” “Our team fought against them but in the end couldn’t compete.”
Joe’s right to say the lads in black and white gave everything they had – they did – and it wasn’t for the want of trying yesterday – they just weren’t good enough on the day.
And it’s even that the Newcastle Crowd knew that, so there were no boos at the end or anything like that, because it was simply that Newcastle were played off the park by a much stronger outfit, and had nothing to do with the effort given by the Newcastle players.
But Joe Kinnear doesn’t like losing and it’s not too often a Joe Kinnear team gets taken to the cleaners, as Newcastle were yesterday.
“I am hurting as badly as they are.”
“It was probably the darkest moment I’ve had to suffer, but I’ve got the say I thought the fans were sensational.”
“They stayed with the players right to the death.”
“It was a wicked result to go against us, but we’re literally threadbare with players.”
If Joe is who we think he is, he’ll be back on the training ground this week, drumming it into the players they have a chance to resurrect things on Saturday.
We expect to see Newcastle come back strong against Hull City, and a win that takes us into the 4th round of the FA Cup would be a nice first step to help fans get over yesterday’s terrible loss.
And we think Senastien Bassong should be back next Saturday, as his suspension should have only been for one game and not the three games as has been reported in some quarters – like surprisingly on the official Newcastle United web site.
So there’s some good news for us all.