Kinnear Very Pleased With His Players’ Character Today


Newcastle United manager Joe Kinnear has spoken of his delight at his player’s attitude in the game this afternoon against local rivals, Sunderland.

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Joe Kinnear – will be able to get some sleep after 5:00 pm tomorrow


And he has every right to be proud of his players – they fought like crazy throughout the second half, and were able to come back from being a goal down, and with a little luck may have grabbed all 3 points.

The 62-year-old went into the game without two of his top stars in Shay Given and Michael Owen, with Given on the verge of joining Manchester City and Owen missing through injury.

The lads fell a goal behind to their North East rivals when Djibril Cisse easily beat the offside trap, and although Harper blocked his first shot, he slotted the ball past the goalkeeper at the second attempt.

However, Newcastle were the dominant side in the second half and were given a penalty for what looked like s fair poush by Steed Malbranque on Steven Taylor, and local lad Shola Ameobi easily scored from the penalty spot.

Kinnear believes his side did well throughout the game, and controlled the larger part of it.

Speaking to BBC Sport after the game, Kinnear said,

“There were turning points in the game and I don’t think – again – the big decisions have gone our way.”

“But that’s the way it is going for us at the moment.”

“We were camped in their half for most of the game and so I have to be heartened by our character today, very much so.”

In relation to transfer activity at St.James’ Park, Kinnear suggested that a few players could both join and leave the club between now and the end of the transfer window.

“As for transfers before tomorrow, I’ve got two players lined up who we’ve been speaking to and I’m confident we will get those in,”

And that reference to two players in before tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 pm, we wonder whether one is Ryan Taylor from Wigan.

We don’t know, but we have to hope they two completely new players, and apparently if Joe can get the deals for Given and N’Zogbia done, he says he wants to spend that money too – good on you Joe.

Maybe when 5:00 PM comes along tomorrow, maybe Joe can take a sleeping pill and get some sleep.

Joe looked today like he’s never slept in a week – you talk about bags under the eyes.

He’s under stress all right, but we hope the fans will let up on the Irishman a little, as he’s obviously eating, living and breathing Newcastle United right now.

A couple of wins and we’ll be on our way, hopefully.

Comments welcome.



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142 comments so far

  • craigcoozy

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • Timmers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Shay’s gone confirmed on SSN, (soz if this has been said the www is really slow on my comp tonight)

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:10 PM

    Comment #3

    There was plenty guts today.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Craigy babe, how ya doing ?

    Shame Shays gone

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #5

    We need to turn guts into goals!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #6

    http://www.skysports.com/story/0,19528,11095_4882581,00.html

    Do you feel like a part of you is missing?

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #7

    tre and craigcoozy

    whats the goss?

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  • Alanmc09

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #8

    Pity givens gone but we knw it was cumin:-(
    Undisclosed fee!

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #9

    Right he’s gone.
    A legend, always will be, amen.

    Bring in more players immediately!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Ryan

    Craig is my source of all gossip.

    and Craig’s is from The Sun….ha ha, only joking mate 😉

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #11

    Doocey

    AGREED!!!!!

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  • cjcox88

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #12

    the money needs to be spent…NOW!
    situation where u want to wake up and someone be signed in the morning!
    i reckon this will be the money for veloso, i wonder if joe meant in his interview that he is sure of 2 and THEN hes gna spend the money! fingers crossed! that should be at least 15 million for given and zog so hopefully veloso and the 2 planned! that would be fantastic!

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #13

    Not much work will be done tomorrow by a lot of people aye lads ? 🙂

    I will be stuck on Newsnow till 5 PM, won’t even go to the toilet.!!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #14

    Rest day tomorrow for me, just hope i remember to pick the kids up from school 😉

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #15

    Toonking – using a bucket or pi$$ pot?

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  • rowntree1987

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #16

    DOOCEY U NOT SPOKE TO YA M8 TODAY FOR SUM INFO

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  • Davy Craig

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #18

    I have my laptop on the bog as I type!! 😉

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  • IrishMan

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Best of luck to Given – sad to see him go though.

    Yes loads of character today. Jonas is amazing. I don’t know how some on here can criticise him. His energy and tracking back are awesome.

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #20

    My mate rand last night.
    He said Veloso is keen to come but Sporting keep upping the price tag.
    Sounds about right.

    They can f*uck off with £15m for him.

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  • Piers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #21
  • TheToonKing

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #22

    No mate, i have a few plants in the office…gonna’ use those 🙂

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #23

    We all know by now!!

    New article on my ste regarding Shay, leave you testimonial if you please 🙂

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  • valle

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #24

    Its ok… i love Harper, being that he hasnt been a regular, you can argue that he has been even more loyal than Shay… Its good he got his chance, and being a great keeper, im happy to put my trust in him… Also it made sense to cash in, with great young keepers ready to step up, the money can be used better elsewhere on the pitch.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #25

    Standing ovation for Shays return…..and dont give me any back chat 😉

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  • J

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Shame there was no Part ex deal.

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  • rowntree1987

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #27

    SO WHO DO U THINK WE WILL SIGN LADS

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  • Piers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:22 PM

    Comment #28

    Ya was the deal just cash?

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  • valle

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #29

    If the price (7,5 mill) is right tho, then im not so happy… Then we simply got bully’ed into selling too cheap.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #30

    Entertainers – wouldnt have it any other way.

    Gutted cant sing his name anymore this season.

    God willing – will get to play against him next year.

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #31

    will i ever see a better toon keeper

    how good will krul be

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  • Doocey

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I can see a LB arriving very soon indeed.

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  • TheToonKing

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:24 PM

    Comment #33

    Harper’s throws were amazing today, he set up counters really fast….plus he made a couple of great saves.

    I’m gutted Shay is gone but at the same time i’m over the moon Harper finally gets his chance.

    HARPER for ENGLAND !!!

    Now let’s finish above City, ok ? 😉

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #34

    I cant beleive he would be sold for that amount.

    When they pay stupid money for that welsh tw*t and Bridge.

    Oh yeah – Bellamy couldnt find the net against stoke but did with us! Annoying.

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  • gibbotwg

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #35

    Hopefully we’ll get Veloso and Taylor exactly what we need!

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  • Ross

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #36

    im hoping its two players besides Ryan Taylor, but knowing our luck it will probably by him and one more. No idea who it will be, or what position he will play.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #37

    Heads up lads!

    Anyone give a sh*t that Zog is leaving?

    Is Ryan taylor in the bag then or what? Was he seen on Sky Sport in training kit? (as mentioned)

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  • valle

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #38

    Ross… Knowing our luck it will ONLY be Taylor lol 😉

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  • reillers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Can’t believe wee Shay’s gone, was still holding out hope that by some miracle he’d stay. It feels like a part of me died. Can’t believe he’s actually gone, it was coming like, but..words can’t even describe how gutted I am. It feels like somethings missing. Like the day Shearer went.

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 1, 2009 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #40

    Can i just say now hes left:

    He was bloody crap at pen’s……. 😉

    Legend

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