Kinnear Upbeat After Yesterday’s Gutsy Performance

We had commented yesterday about how terrible Joe Kinnear looked at yesterday’s game, but he seems really upbeat this morning, and was pleased with the the lads’ performance yesterday, but still thought Newcastle deserved all 3 points – well that’s a surprise.  😀

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Chris Hughton and Joe Kinnear together

Joe talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“It was a hell of an afternoon for us. “It was a fantastic derby and a fantastic atmosphere for us.”

“The crowd was brilliant and it left me drained by the end.” “I was really disappointed by the goal that Andy Carroll had chalked off.”

“I don’t know why for the love of me it was taken off us.” “Shola bought it down, raced through, smashed it at the keeper who saved it and Andy slotted it home.”

“The flag went up late but I had no idea why it was disallowed.”

The TV replays showed that Ameobi seemed to handle the ball a little, but it was still dubious at best, and it looked like a clear  goal when Andy put the ball into an empty net.

It would have been great if it had stood, because two local lads combining for a goal against Sunderland – that’s what dreams are made of!

Joe continued:

“These things happen and it seems like we’re getting kicked. “We stuck in there first half, and were magnificent in the second half.”

“I’m pleased with the second-half performance considering the players we had out.”

“We’d have loved to have had Joey Barton, Michael Owen and Habib Beye still on board.”

“It would have been game, set and match.” “At full strength, we would be a force for any team.”

“When you’re not, you’ve got to make sure the people coming in are up for a fight as well.”

Kinnear also gave praise to Newcastle striker Shola Ameobi for having the courage and the bottle to smash home the equalizer from the penalty spot.

We have to say we were more than a little nervous to see Shola standing ready to take the spot-kick, but he put it away in great style, to the delight of Newcastle fans all around the world, as the game was televised live.

Joe continued:

“I’d have put my money on him nine times out of 10.” “He’s a good lad, and a great striker of the ball.”

“I forced him to play a couple of hours before kick-off.”

“He’s been out a long time and hasn’t trained. I just said ‘you’ve got to play’.”

“He wasn’t sure he’d get through 90 minutes but he did and we’re delighted.”

Shola gets too much criticism from Newcastle fans, but the lad is Newcastle through and through – and that means something – and he showed it again yesterday.

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