Although the Newcastle manager was not too happy at the performance of his side against Liverpool on Sunday, he admits today he didn’t lay into them in the dressing room after the game.
Chris and Joe – seem to be handling all coaching duties very well
But Kinnear will be looking for a big improvement nevertheless from his players at Hull City on Saturday, in the 3rd round of the FA Cup.
Kinnear talked about the players after the game on Sunday:
“I didn’t really lay into the players after the game – I didn’t see much point.”
“They’re proud guys, they were hurting and they knew that some of the things they had done hadn’t been good enough,”
“ We have to put it down to experience and move on – there is no point in dwelling on that game.”
“We won’t stay up on the back of results against Liverpool, it’ll be the other teams who are in danger as well.”
“At the moment that is about three quarters of the division.”
There are now just 10 points between the bottom 14 clubs in the league, so any one of those 14 clubs could be relegated, and that includes Newcastle.
This may be a much tougher game on Saturday than we first thought, because Hull City played very well indeed last night against Aston Villa at the KC Stadium, and Villa were rather lucky to get an own goal in the 88th minute to take all 3 points. That leaves Hull City with just 7 league points in their last 11 games.
But they looked a decent team who will fight to the death, and again they were very unlucky last night.
As we said, it will not be that easy to get through to the 4th round, at our first attempt on Saturday, but as always we live in hope.