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