Joe Kinnear still hasn’t quite got over the magnificent support the Newcastle crowd gave the team on Sunday, even as our makeshift side were being humbled 5-1 by a much superior Liverpool outfit.
Joe Kinnear – magnificent fans are a credit to this club
Joe Kinnear is second guessing himself a little to see if there was anything else he could have done on Sunday, but the truth is, unfortunate as it was for us, we met a Liverpool side who showed some of their very best form of the season, and looked a terrific side, to say the least. They are obviously one of the best sides in Europe, along with Chelsea and Manchester United.
Joe said this morning:
“The Liverpool game and the injury problems are a real downer. We were just getting something together and then we get all those injuries.”
“ Somebody said to me ‘Happy Christmas Joe’ – I felt like throttling them,”
“The only positive is the supporters, who were absolutely unbelievable on Sunday.”
“They supported the team all the way, even when we were 5-1 down, and they are an absolute credit to this football club.”
“I just want everyone to know that it is really appreciated and we’re doing our best to repay them.”
Kinnear says his only regret from Sunday’s encounter at St James’s Park was attempting to chase the game in the second half.
“Perhaps looking back I was a little bit gung ho going for it in the second half by bringing on Shola (Ameobi).”
“But I didn’t think we could afford to sit back and try and defend and hit them on the break because they were attacking so well.”
“As it was the second goal killed us,”
And the defeat against Liverpool was difficult for everybody connected with the club, it does show that we have along way to go to be anywhere close to the Liverpool team, and it just so happens that on Thursday, January 1st, we can start rebuilding the squad, which is a big opportunity for us, and we shouldn’t (cannot) mess it up.
“It highlighted that we haven’t got enough strength about us.”
“They were head and shoulders above us.”“Nicky Butt cramped up and had to go off so when you look at our bench, who else do you play?”
“It was one of those scenarios.”“I could have put a younger team out, but the fact was we were playing Liverpool.“
“But at least Sebastien Bassong is free from suspension next week.”
“I’m not saying he would have made a massive difference, but had he been in the team he would have made a difference in the air.”
We think Sebastien Bassong could have made a difference, but that’s all water under the bridge now, and it goes down as one of our worst defeats of the year along with the 6-0 and 5-1 hammerings we also received from Manchester United, earlier in the year.
We will have improved a lot when we have a side we can field against the Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds of this world, after we have a crop of injuries to some key players – and yet we can still give them a game.
That’s what we are looking forward to, and the January transfer window is the first step on that rebuilding road – and we must take the opportunity.