Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keegan Looking for a Fortress

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Keegan Looking for a Fortress

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Manchester City boss Kevin Keegan is convinced he has the players to ensure the club's new pounds 120 million stadium becomes a place to be feared.

City bade an emotional farewell to Maine Road three months ago and while everyone connected with the club retains fond memories of their 80-year-old ground, the home faithful had sadly become accustomed to seeing their side lose more often than not in recent seasons.

In switching to the City of Manchester Stadium, former Newcastle boss Keegan is hoping to turn it into a fortress.

City certainly made the right start as they ushered in a new era with a 2-1 victory over Spanish giants Barcelona in front of a crowd of 36,000, three-quarters of its capacity due to licensing restrictions.

The atmosphere took time to build as the fans acclimatised to their new surroundings but by the end it became evident the crowd can certainly play their part in fulfilling Keegan's vision.

"We have started with a win, so it's a good start, and against a good Barcelona team rather than someone people would expect us to knock over," said Keegan. …

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