Reading striker Kevin Doyle has said today that he thinks the Newcastle faithful are the loudest set of supporters he has ever played in front of.
Kevin Doyle – Reading striker expects a noisy reception Saturday
Irishman Kevin Doyle signed for Reading in July 2005 for an undisclosed fee from Cork City.
We expect a full house on Saturday afternoon of just over 52,000 screaming Geordies to fill St.James’ Park and it looks like Doyle is anticipating another noisy affair.
Kevin told the official Newcastle United site today:
“It’s the place where I’ve heard the most noise when anyone scored. It was deafening last season,”
“We were winning and the place was quiet and I thought it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be and then they scored and I just remember it being the loudest it has ever been in any stadium – definitely more than Croke Park. You could not hear yourself think.â€
“It was a wall of noise and was strange because we were playing well and it had been quiet. The way the stadium is designed makes the crowd sound louder.â€ “I suppose if you are out on the touchline about to take a thrown-in or a corner you will get a bit more abuse, but when you are playing you don’t really notice it.â€
“It doesn’t put you off and the Geordies aren’t nasty, but it was just scary that it could go from quiet to a wall of noise. All the lads said the same thing.â€
“They have their tails up now and they all seem happy again having come into some form,” “The pressure is off them a bit now, but that might be a good thing. They are three points ahead of us and one more win means they will be safe.”
“I don’t know if that will make them relax and play better, but we will be up for it.” “People always say they are not the strongest defensively, but when you win 4-1 like they did against Tottenham it doesn’t matter how your defense plays.”
“They are more into attacking football and showing what they can do going forward. They hadn’t been doing that for a while, but have got that back now after Sunday.”
Reading on Saturday will be a good test for us because they are often a hard team to break down and always give their manager Steve Coppell 100% effort on the field. So it should be a good game, but given our last 3 performances, anything but all 3 points will be a big disappointment to Newcastle fans.
But it will also give us a chance to see if Sunday’s tremendous performance at Spurs was just a flash in the pan, or something we can start to expect regularly from the team. We hope and think it’s the latter, but Saturday will be a good test of that.