It’s very nice, and a big change, to be able to bask in the warmth of a terrific win on Saturday.
Joe Kinnear – should take at least a week off
This was our first in 9 games, which is a terrible record, brought on in large measure by all the injuries we have sustained over the last couple of months.
That’s one reason we need a bigger squad, because with a small squad players’ injuries become a bigger hit to the side.
Players also have to play more often, so they are more likely to get injured – it’s a vicious cycle, which is why we must have a bigger squad for next season.
Assistant manager Chris Hughton was relieved, like the Newcastle supporters, to have given the club some breathing space for at least a couple of weeks:
“We knew it would be a tough game and we also knew that when you’re playing the teams around you then it’s vital to get something out of the game.”
“Coming here and getting a draw is not a bad result, coming here and getting a win was very pleasing.”
“We are aware of what a good side they are at home and they put us under a bit of pressure in the last period, but we defended well when we had to and had the chances to push further ahead.”
Chris explained the events on Saturday leading up to the match:
“I have been with him for most of the time as per normal in the build-up to the game.”
“We prepared for the game as per normal. But he felt unwell and was taken to hospital as a precaution.”
Kinnear suffered a mild heart attack while in charge of Wimbledon in March of 1999, and later stood down because of ill-health.
But until we know exactly what caused this, it’s hard to say what impact it will have on Joe for the rest of the season. Of course Joe is already very anxious to get right back in the saddle.
The good news is we have two weeks until out next home game, against Everton, where a win would be terrific.
We see no reason why Joe can’t take at least the next week off to relax, and smell the roses.
If anybody deserves a break right now, it’s Joe Kinnear.