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.
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.
“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.