Keegan Says Edgar Is 'A REAL Defender'!

Last updated : 27 April 2008 By Footy Mad - Editor

WEST HAM: Green, Pantsil, Tomkins, Neill, McCartney, Faubert (Solano 90), Parker, Noble, Ljungberg (Boa Morte 21), Zamora (Cole 68), Ashton.

Subs Not Used: Walker, Mullins.NEWCASTLE: Harper, Beye, Edgar (Diatta 90), Taylor, Jose Enrique, Geremi, Butt, Barton, Owen, Viduka (Smith 82), Martins.

Subs Not Used: Forster, Duff, Carroll.

Keegan: "We've come in at half-time and we've told the players the truth - we've been awful and we're 2-2.

"Second half we were much better, we had two very young men playing centre backs today against some experienced players and so we knew we might have some problems.

"But they came through it second half, fought their way back, showed a lot of character, something again earlier in the season that they might have been questioned on."

Joey Barton was ball-watching when Noble scored the first, and young David Edgar was second-best to Dean Ashton all the first half - particularly for the second goal.

But United bounced back and Oba Martins came very close to nicking the three points at the end but the West Ham 'keeper made a blinding save.

David Edgar "came of age", as Keegan laughed off the youngster picking up a cut.

Keegan: "He's got between eight to 10 stitches... he's a real defender now he's got a cut.

"Our goals are to keep building, keep going forward, keep giving an account of ourselves and to earn a bit of respect.

"That's what this league's like if you don't have that bit of respect, they'll have you and I think we're starting to earn that with the players we've got, with their attitude."