Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear: We're Ready to Go on Attack

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Kinnear: We're Ready to Go on Attack

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Byline: LUKE EDWARDS

JOE Kinnear is looking forward to seeing his Newcastle United side prove they have the ability to attack as well as defend as they look to pull themselves further away from the drop zone, writes LUKE EDWARDS.

The Magpies have secured successive goalless draws at Chelsea and Middlesbrough, but return to St James's Park to take on Stoke City tomorrow with Kinnear (pictured, left) in confident mood.

Having successfully lobbied for a contract until the end of the season last week, Kinnear has guided Newcastle out of the bottom three following three games without a defeat and a win against Stoke at the weekend will take them above the Potters in the table.

And, while a resolute and well organised defence has been the basis for United's unbeaten run, Kinnear is adamant his side also have the cutting edge needed to trouble any opposition at home.

"I've been delighted with the defence, in fact I've been delighted with how things are going in general," said Kinnear, who also revealed his shock at Roy Keane's decision to quit as Sunderland manager.

"We're on a good little run at the moment and while it would have been nice to have turned one of the draws against Chelsea or Middlesbrough into a win we have a solid platform behind us ahead of the Stoke game. We have kept two clean two sheets and have defended superbly. We would have liked to create a little bit more in those games and taken the chances that we did, but that was away from home and we have already shown we are a dangerous side going forward at home.

"We've scored two goals in every home game since I've been manager, that's eight goals in four games and we have always looked a threat going forward. We know we have the players who will score goals at this level.

"What we need to do against Stoke is combine those two elements into our performance and I'm confident we can do that. I've got a good feeling about the game on Saturday because the confidence is back in the side, we're well organised and we're fighting for each other, that's the basis of a pretty good football team."

The loss of Steven Taylor to a groin strain was a big blow for Newcastle last month, but the defence has performed so well in his absence, the England Under-21 international has not been recalled straight into the starting line up. …

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