Newcastle’s right full-back Danny Simpson was like all out players after last night;’s game, and bitterly disappointed that we had leaked two goals in the last 9 minutes of the game at stoke, when we looked comfortable as though we were heading for our first victory in five league games in the Premier League.
Kevin Keegan – in his second spell as Newcastle manager
It took 9 league games before we got a win
But it was not to be, but there were many positives to take out of the game – Papiss Cisse finally got his first league goal of the season, and that will help his confidence no end, and all our players carried out the game plane almost to perfection, and yet we still came up short, and it was indeed another terrible result, but on the bright side – a very decent performance.
Danny Simpson talked of Newcastle almost getting a famous win last night
“It was a big blow. You can’t fault our performance and we gave it everything, every single one of us.” “We looked comfortable and we felt comfortable at the back. We were dealing with everything they threw at us and we were trying to get a second goal.”
“We had a couple of chances, but the first goal and then the second one straight afterwards were just a big blow because I think we deserved a win, to be honest with you.” “We all had a good chat after Southampton and said it wasn’t good enough and that we need to perform better away from home to give us a chance.”
“And it was the complete opposite from Southampton.” “We did everything right. The game-plan was perfect and we went 1-0 up. But those two goals were a killer because I thought we deserved to win the game.” “I don’t think they were better than us, but they got the two goals.”
“We have got a couple of days now before the next game and we have to pick ourselves up and get going again.”
Next up is Wigan at home on Monday night, and we hope there’s a good turnout from the fans – to roar Newcastle onto a possible first win in six league games.
It’s a lot like we were in the 2007-2008 season when Kevin Keegan was in charge, and Newcastle kept coming up short, and didn’t win a first league game under Kevin until his 9th league game in charge.
And that was the 2-0 win at home to Fulham on 22nd March – and Kevin had rejoined Newcastle on 16th January, 2008 – following the sacking of big Sam Allardyce.
In those previous 8 league games we had three draws and five defeats – 3 points from 8 games.
But Kevin was right and he said once we got that first win, the confidence it will give the players will make the team OK – and in the last 7 league games of that season we got 11 points, with 3 wins and two draws and two defeats.
It seems a similar situation at the moment at Newcastle – and all we need is that first win – and we almost got it last night.