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Keegan – We Could Have Gone On To Win It

Kevin Keegan’s summation of last night’s game against Birmingham was as honest as ever.


Kevin Keegan – some good performances tonight 😀

Kevin thinks Newcastle just weren’t good enough in the first half, but the second half some of the players stood up to be counted.

That was great to see and saved the game for the Magpies, and in the end, with a little bit of luck we could have shaded it. It was good to see the lads come fighting in the second half when all seemed lost.

Kevin Keegan said after the game:

“On chances second half you might think we might have gone on to win it but Maik Taylor’s made a great save from Michael Owen, and then Michael stuck one in,”

“First half, we weren’t good enough but we’ve stuck at it and at times [earlier in the season] we haven’t done that.”  “There were some really good performances in Newcastle shirts tonight.”

“I thought Geremi was outstanding and Butty [Nicky Butt] and Joey Barton in midfield. They gave us a bit of an engine room.” “They all put in a shift and if they keep doing that we’ll be all right.”

“We know we’ve got a win in us and our next game’s against Fulham at home so maybe that’s when it’ll be,”

We do think Geremi had a good game in the second half, and Butt had a good game, probably his best game in quite a while for Newcastle.

Joey Barton tried hard but he just hasn’t produced the form he showed at Manchester City, but as Kevin says he put in a good shift, again in the second half. If anybody can get the best out of Joey it’s Kevin Keegan.

Some good performances tonight, as the boys came back from the dead after half time, and showed great character – let’s give them great credit for that. Otherwise we would have been in big trouble tonight but for the fighting second half display.

We had several of our players stand up for the team in the second half. After Owen’s terrific opportunist goal, you could actually see some of the class in Newcastle just starting to show through.

This has to give the lads confidence that they’re much better than the league table suggests, and we should see a real show of out-and-out attack against Fulham on Saturday.

Don’t be surprised if we pop in a few against the Londoners, but we must also shore up our defense. Perhaps Diatta will get a run out, because Faye looked a bit dodgy against McFadden, especially in the first half.

But a good display from the boys and they should be given the credit they deserve. 😀
Comments very welcome.

15 comments so far

  • richie

    Mar 18, 2008 at 12:37 AM

    Comment #1

    kk made positive comments as usual after game and his tactics were spot on

    im confident hes theman for the job

  • Gazzatoon4

    Mar 18, 2008 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #2

    i was actually at the game tonite and thought we did really well the 4-3-3 was a good selection but against teams with more quality than birmingham i could see us gettin easily exposed. viduka played very well tonite and owen linked up the play very well. Got to say barton and enrique in my opinion didnt have the best of games but barton did have lot of work to do as was playing in a 3 man midfield which was clearly tough! but apart from that a good point! lets just hope we can improve on that and get a win over the weekend

  • Sav

    Mar 18, 2008 at 12:58 AM

    Comment #3

    What, no mention of Oba?

    I thought he was the difference in this performance and when he got on the ball in the second half, Brum didn’t know what to do about him. His turn and driving runs upset their organised defence and made space for Owen and Viduka. And it was his stupendous leap and header followed by a trademark shot on the turn that teed up Owen’s goal.

  • micepie

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #4

    Yes, let’s hope we start with Oba again against Fulham.

    Also, we shouldn’t get too over-confident over the Fulham game, We have to give a gutsy performance with skill and should come through if we do that, but I’d prefer this site to be a little more cautiously optmistic first!

  • boater

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Keegan’s comments are heartbreaking evidence that he has lost the plot… your support of the idea that the midfield performed well is just proof that you are a fool that write’s for a sycophantic brainless website. Any chance of winning this evening was categorically nulled with the withdrawal of our only ray of hope – Martins – who had every right to look seriously aggrieved. Barton and Geremi were passengers and it was only through the link up play of our 3 strikers that we looked like doing the impossible… winning under Keegan… until the perennial underachiever Zog was re-introduced to undermine the Nigerian’s efforts to save his team from obscurity. Shame Milner and Smith couldn’t have come on to help Birmingham grab a later winner…. now I’m worried, very worried.

  • Leo Kompany for the Toon

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #6

    is the tide changing! i think it is… keep viduka fit and we will be looking pretty for the rest of the season

    what was liam ridgewell doing catching the ball… was highly amusing, everyone in the pub was creasing at him.

    didnt i tell everyone before the game, owen will score!!! good stuff, if only i had put a bet on it.

  • Gazzatoon4

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #7

    boater you are chatting absolute rubbish how can u criticise the midfield sure they may not have been very creative but we had the 3 guys upfront to do that. you cannot fault the workrate and desire of butt and gerimi as they were fantastic tonite all we need is barton to start performing and well and we will win matches! i have plent of faith on what i seen tonite that we will stay up

  • will

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:26 AM

    Comment #8

    thought it was one of barton’s better performances personally

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:50 AM

    Comment #9

    KK did mention Oba on a bbc interview, talked about him being subbed and not happy about it.

    Oba created Owen’s goal and nearly scored shortly afterwards aswell as 1 or 2 other chances however Owen had 2 excellent chances and scored 1.

    Remember that KK’s probably not too happy with some of his players but at this time in the season and in this position in the league the last thing he will be saying is that they are crap. He must keep their heads up and the momentum going.

  • Michael

    Mar 18, 2008 at 2:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Calm down toon fans, Keegan got it right this evening. We needed to stop the defeats. It was a prudent point. He has said it and I agree with Keegan on this one, we could have won the game but also we could have lost it.

    I still do not believe he is the man for the job but tonight’s point was a good result considering we came from behind and we are playing away. So Well done Kev you thought about the result and reigned in the players.

    Oba needed to come off as a result as he was the catalyst to our attack, had he stayed our boldness may have grown to the point of rashness and thus go forward too much and lose concentration at the back and bang 2-1 down as with Blackburn.

    Good Call Kev.

    Tactics – 3/10
    Subs – 8/10
    Halftime Talk – 9/10
    Prudence -10/10
    Overall – 7/10

    Well done Kevin Keegan.

  • ObaFan2

    Mar 18, 2008 at 2:25 AM

    Comment #11

    lol tactics 3/10 ha ha I’d have given a 5 for that just cos of him dropping Smith!

  • Ausgeordie

    Mar 18, 2008 at 6:20 AM

    Comment #12


    Hows that for an attacking team with a good defence! Have Butt, Duff, Carroll, and Diatta on the bench.

  • Sandy McNair

    Mar 18, 2008 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #13

    shit 🙂

  • hokes

    Mar 18, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #14

    too confident?
    and we will lose again,

  • bailey

    Mar 18, 2008 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #15

    If Keegan thought they could win it why on earth take Martins off.


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