Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SPUR TO GO; 7-1 Victory Has Double Edge for Keegan United's Greatest Premier League Matches

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

SPUR TO GO; 7-1 Victory Has Double Edge for Keegan United's Greatest Premier League Matches

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Byline: By LEE RYDER

NEWCASTLE UTD 7

, Shearer 20, 82, Ferdinand 22, 59, Lee 61 88, Albert 79

TOTTENHAM 1

Nielson 89

KEVIN KEEGAN admitted after the 7-1 thrashing of Spurs at St James's Park that the look of despair on the face of opposing number Gerry Francis played a big factor in his decision to resign as boss of Newcastle back in 1997.

The state of Francis' dejection was more than understandable - after all Spurs had been torn apart by the Entertainers, who had finally ended an uncharacteristic streak of seven games without victory.

Keegan said: "It was the expression on the face of Gerry Francis, a man I like and respect a great deal.

"The elation of winning suddenly meant nothing when I looked at him and thought 'Oh no, how must he be feeling inside?'

"This was the man I succeeded as England captain - a terrific manager who didn't deserve what he had to contend with that afternoon.

"I wanted to go up and give him a cuddle.

"And I knew that was it - that when you feel like that you have to get out.

"I discovered in five years with Newcastle that the elation of winning is never as great as the disappointment of losing."

The Magpies had fallen behind in the title race since beating Manchester United 5-0, but in Keegan's penultimate home game of his first stint in charge of the Magpies, Newcastle didn't half serve up a show.

It took United 20 minutes to break the deadlock.

Untypically for the Entertainers, Les Ferdinand flicked on a huge hoof upfield from Shaka Hislop to allow Alan Shearer to lift the ball over the head of Stephen Carr before slamming it past Ian Walker. Two minutes later that lead was doubled as a Keith Gillespie cross was only half-cleared, and Peter Beardsley fired it back in for Ferdinand to knock home.

It was game over just before the hour - Beardsley fed John Beresford before the left-back's cross was turned in by Ferdinand for his second. …

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