|Season 2007-08 Result|
|Newcastle United||0-0||Bolton Wanderers|
|Date: 19/01/2008 Venue: St.James' Park Competition: Premiership|
|Match Report||Submitted on 22/01/2008 by ?|
|Keegan Is Our King!|
|Even by The Toon’s standards the way the press have taken hold of the Keegan story has been nothing short of amazing.
The atmosphere prior to the game was electric. The main advantage of a Saturday evening kick off is the lack of traffic on the roads – we were in The Irish Centre in no time! We declined an additional pint in The Irish and decided to get into the ground early to sample the atmosphere only to spend the 15 mins prior to kick off in the concourse bar!!
This was not the spectacular game everyone had anticpated. In fact Bolton were perhaps the best team in the first half – they created the best chances. But Kevin Keegan is back. And Toon fans will forgive him for anything – aware that he was down to the bare bones due to the African Cup, suspensions and injuries and with a bunch of kids on the bench as his four outfield substitutes. Anyway, a goalless draw under Keegan was a lot more entertaining than one under his predecessor Sam Allardyce.
I fully expected The Toon to win. And I thought the crowd would play a huge part, just like they did on Keegan’s first match as a United player against QPR and his first as manager against Bristol City. Bolton were also missing El-Hadji Diouff who always seems to do well against us!
Our best chance came when Jaaskelainen tipped over a dangerous, swerving cross from James Milner in the 65th minute. Bolton were clearly lifted by the occasion and atmosphere – none more so than former Toon defender Andy O’Brien.
At least Keegan started off with a clean sheet – only United’s fourth in 23 Premier League games this season.
It’s blatantly obvious that Keegan & Co have their work cut out; in fact the expectation probably makes the job more difficult this time round.
King Kev, Special K, The Special One, The Massiah……………….call him what you like…it’s great to have him back!