Kinnear – We Put In A Great Performance At WBA


Joe Kinnear spoke to the Evening Chronicle this morning and said he was delighted by both the play and the spirit of his players on Saturday.

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Joe Kinnear –  proud of his players on Saturday

While Joe is upbeat about Saturday’s win he is not getting carried away and remained realistic about things when he said:

“We’re still in a real scrap despite this win. We’ve always been in a relegation battle.”

“But we are looking to push on from here despite some hard games coming up.”

And Joe paid tribute to his players, who knew exactly what the game meant for Newcastle on Saturday, and battled with great spirit and energy to the win.

Joe continued:

“The lads were terrific and it was a great result for us.”“A lot of people say West Brom defended badly, but that’s sour grapes from my point of view.”

“We put in a great performance and showed we can attack teams with some of the players we have here.”

“I’ve watched through the highlights a few times now and I’m proud of the lads.”

“We scored three goals and I was pleased with Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor, not to mention Peter Lovenkrands.”

“Taylor and Steven Taylor combined well for the corner, while Lovenkrands scored and Nolan was the driving force in midfield.”

“I was also delighted to see such camaraderie in the team and pleased to see that the whole squad showed their appreciation to the fans at the end.”

Joe’s right there, because the three new lads with their obvious enthusiasm and delight at joining the Newcastle club, seems to have given a lift to the rest of the players.

That has more than offset the bad news and disappointment that went with  Given and N’Zogbia having departed the club, very late in the transfer window.

The spirit on Saturday from the whole team was first class, and we’ll need that during the run-in.

After the Everton we have some difficult games coming up:

Sunday 1st March   Bolton A
Wednesday 4th March Manchester United H
Saturday 14th March Hull City A
Saturday 21st March  Arsenal H
Saturday 4th April  Chelsea H

Some tough games in there and Man United, Arsenal and Chelsea all at St. James’ Park – still to come.

Without getting too carried away, last Saturday the lads got the job done – big time.

Comments welcome.



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28 comments so far

  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #1

    1st

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #2

    waw that was 3 quick posts Ed easy before u hurt urself b4 u end up in hospital too

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  • NE3 NICK

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #3

    The most important games for us are against Boro and Pompey at home. Also Hull away. These are massive cos its gonna be nil points v LFC, AVFC and MUFC. It’s possible we could get something out of Chelsea and Arsenal at home though…

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Hopefully we can keep the confidence high going into the big games

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    if we beat everton and bolton than we will be looking at clearer sky’s,

    in those five fixtures above i just fear man utd cos its feb/march and they are usually on a roll this time around arsenal and chelsea are piss poor and will look to nick at least 2 points of those two fixtures

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  • Paul141726

    Feb 9, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #6

    Joe’s right! The enthusiasm shown by the new players can be like a virus and I hope the whole squad catches it!! It could lead to some very good and surprising results.

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  • toonarmyuk

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #7

    Not looking forward to 4th March! 🙁
    I reckon if we play at our best we can get something against either Arsenal or Chelsea (or both), although I dont think any more than a point.
    I reckon Man Utd will stuff us though!

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  • brownrob

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought bennytoon/fernando/ao or whatever else he has used… would never come back to the blog if newcastle didnt sign anybody last window, or if they did not get fred

    A windup now and again can be funny… but all day every day? jeez… is that where all my tax money is going to…

    hmm…..

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  • TOON LAD

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #9

    IF WERE ON GOOD FORM WE COULD GET 9/10 POINTS FROM OUR NEXT 6 GAMES

    NUFC VS
    EVERTON = 3 POINTS
    BOLTON = 3POINTS
    MAN UTD = SORRY TO SAY WE’LL GET THRASHED
    HULL CITY=3 POINTS
    ARSENAL= I THINK WE’LL LOSE
    CHELSEA=WE COULD GET 1 POINT BECAUSE THERE ON A TERRIBLE RUN AT THE MOMENT HOPEFULLY THERE STILL TERRIBLE WHEN E PLAY THEM OTHERWISE WE’LL LOSE

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  • safferman

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #10

    i still cant believe this, yes we got the win, but we still played crap, their defence was worse than ours, and that shows since they are the bottom of the table!! Its nice to be confident, but everyone is just setting themselves up for a big dissapointment against everton – the team who just beat liverpool – who put 5 past our defence!

    I dont want to be negative but want to be realistic, IMO we could have just as easily lost the game – suddenly everyone is talking about “7 points from 7th place” and “great performance”, I can guarantee an uproar after the everton game again with everyone saying Kinear is crap and the players too – we simply arent in a position to expect anything from games against these teams, not untill our team is organized and well managed.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #11

    At least one thing seems to be consistent since the new arrivals – enthusiasm. I reckon if the whole team keep putting their bo11ocks on the line and playing like they mean it, we shouldn’t struggle (too much). We’ve beaten all these teams in the past, and almost have a full(ish) squad back.

    Manure only beat Wet Spam 1 nowt, yeah call me an irrational optimist but there’s no reason why we can’t get 7 or 8 points out of our next 5 games.

    …here’s hoping!

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #12

    …and before I get a barrage of pessimism – my glass is always half-full, can’t help it.

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  • toonjerry

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #13

    I think your right safferman,i think te lads get carried away with a win off the bottom team in the league.I cant see us doing well at all and im not a doom and gloom merchant.The fixtures are not good and people think we may beat the likes of hull haha they are organised much better than us.We will struggle and thats for sure

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  • ObaFan2

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    Last 10 minutes were agonising to watch, we were poor again in large parts of the game but got the 3 points.

    Some vital players coming back from injury (Oba) and the new signings will hopefully make a big difference, Nolan for 1 seems to have fit in nicely and R Taylor did well too.

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    safferman – im a bit bewildered why you dont like to see and feel the current buzz around the camp and supporters. In football confidence goes a long long way and if fans can get enthused by a good win, the return of some top players and the good performances from the new additions how on earth is this a bad thing? If anything this should be encouraged!

    We could have easily lost the game, we could also have easily scored 5 or 6 against west brom. Thats football. I personally can see us beating everton at home with a squad that seems to be bouncing at the moment and full of fight. I also think we will beat bolton and then who knows after a possible three wins on the bounce?

    If fans arent optimistic and always down on their teams well, what would be the point? Lol, theres no better feeling then when your team wins at the weekend whoever its against and long may it continue!

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  • sahota

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #16

    In nutshell we should target to get 6 points from next 6 games. Thats it. This can be win against Everton, Draw against bolton and one more draw againts MANU or ARSENAL or CHELSEA or HULL

    And its achievable. Anything more than 6 will be bonus and anything less than that would be very tight till end.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #17

    …that’s 5 points sahota

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  • safferman

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Magpietillidie22 – I love the feeling of optimism, but where its warranted, i dunno bout everyone else but it felt like kind of a hollow victory saturday – more like a relief than deserved victory which could have showed we had turned a corner. I saw the same defence and lack of team organization that weve had all season.

    Confidence is great for a team, but it they dont know what theyr doing it means nought and the dissapointment will be twice as hard when we lose since we expected (unrealistically) more.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Understand what you’re saying safferman, but ain’t “unrealistically expecting more” what it’s all about being a TOON fan? I’ve been doing it for the last 30 odd years!

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  • Magpietillidie22

    Feb 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #20

    Exactly rodzilla. Last time i checked optimisum is what Newcastle United is all about lol

    I didnt feel hollow after saturday, i felt bouyent. A draw against sunderland with an outstanding display followed by 3 points away from home against a team whos home form has been pretty good against the bigger teams this season. Both good results. Ok its not the results we were getting when we were in the top four years ago but right now we are turning a corner i feel. Of course your right that if we get beat by everton we’ll all be down again but unless your a man united fan the premiership is full of ups and downs for everyone!

    As i said realistically i think we have enough to beat everton and bolton and truely think we will do so. BTW our poor defensive display isnt exactly a new thing under kinnear, we’ve sucked for many a year in that department. Lets just hope oba, dukes and lovenkrands start firing the goals in at the other end!

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #21

    blimey, its amazing how me typing od instead of do can offend someone, just to stop this, obamartins im SORRY! there!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:54 PM

    Comment #22

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 3:56 PM

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24

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  • RyanToon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #25

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  • miloflembo

    Feb 9, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #26

    IS JONAS GONNA GET BACKIN THE SIDE, I FLIPPING HOPE SO.

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  • square

    Feb 9, 2009 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #27

    sour grapes my foot. please don’t deny the fact that west brom was poor too. acknowledge the fact that ameobi was lucky to put the pass through on to damien. take nothing from the finish though.

    i doubt anyone would say west brom is a better team than us, so it’s not sour grapes to say west brom defended badly.

    stop talking Kinnear. just shut it.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 9, 2009 at 6:41 PM

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