Overall Kevin Nolan Delighted With His Newcastle Debut


Kevin Nolan seems to have enjoyed his first game for Newcastle, and there’s no doubt in our minds this lad is a born leader, and just what we need right now.

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Kevin Nolan – first to congratulate Shola on his great penalty

Nolan talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning:

“In the first 15, 20 minutes, the fans seemed to settle down more than us,”

“With us being just above the drop zone, there might have been a bit of pressure in the back of our minds.”

“But in the second half we came out all guns blazing and pegged them back a bit.”

“All they had was the long ball, hoping Kenwyne Jones or Cisse could make something of it.”

And Andy Reid’s stoppage time volley, which  flew only inches wide of Steve Harper’s left-hand post, was practically the last kick of the game – and certainly our hearts pumped a little harder, especially when we saw the replay.

Kevin said:

“It was what we deserved in the second half, but even they could have ended up nicking it, so I was just praying that it went wide and thankfully it did,”

“I thought we were very unlucky to go 1-0 down. It looked all day a win for us. Their goal was one of those – was he on(side) or off – and it went their way.”

“They could have had a couple of players sent off, too.”

“As a team, we played really well, especially in the second half. In the first half, we were a bit sloppy in places.”

“But we got to grips with it in the second half and played the way we should have been doing.”

“When we did, we looked really strong and really dangerous.” “I really enjoyed the second half.”

Nolan had little time to get ready for his debut at Newcastle, but he had more than a tidy game and gave the team talk on the field before the start, which was just great to see.   😀

Kevin, who is definitely a future captain of the club, continued:

“Overall I was delighted with my first game,” “I got to know the players a bit better.”

“That’s where you get to know them. Day in, day out, you get to know them as people, but as players, you do it out there.”

Kevin’s is a signing that has cheered up the Newcastle fans, and Ryan Taylor will be another excellent buy.

But we also hope more are coming through the door today – and those could include Atletico Madrid’s Lois Garcia, the former Liverpool player.

There are also persistent rumors we are in for 22 year-old Miguel Veloso of Sporting Lisbon, but we’d be surprised if we can get this excellent youngster on Tyneside.

However, he can play in a number of different positions, and would be a tremendous acquisition for Newcastle United right now.

But just over 7 hours to go now, so we’ll know fairly soon.

Howay The Lads!!



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34 comments so far

  • J

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #1

    1st … Great Buy!

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    The first of many, I hope

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  • Toonkistan

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #3

    I’ll Keep the Dream alive

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  • BT9MAG

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Aii, didn’t see it coming with all the other players we were linked to, but more than happy he is here!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #5

    Are there time enough to fly over Veloso for a medical and contract talks? Dont think so, but I hope there is!

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #6

    I cant see the Veloso deal coming off, if Bolton had progressed that far, then we hadnt we made our move?

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    haha nolan should have tackled bambi in this photo itself . atleast lovenkrands wld have come much more earlier !

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #8

    Thought Nolan did OK, not exception but good with some nice passes towards the end. Could be a top player for us as time goes by.

    There is time for Veloso to fly over (only takes a couple of hours), and you can tell the FA you have a signing but send through the paperwork after the deadline. The question is whether the weather will prevent anyone getting in to Toon.

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  • J

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #9

    Toon Sweden77 – They can do medicals where the players are. They just need to get a doctor. Quite simple.

    Not saying i think he is coming, but did anyone see Sky Sports News?

    David Craig showed an email he said was sent my Mike Ashley, syaing in it he hopes do get the yellow ticker at bottom of the screen going later.

    COOL!!!!

    Anyone else see that?

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  • Will

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #10

    In the first half thy barely passed to Nolan, but second half when they did …. 🙂

    He’ s a great tackler, passer (out wide and forward) and is always in the box(both) 🙂

    Very Happy!

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #11

    Just heard Joe’s post match interview.

    He said it was a thood and blunder! Guess you meant blood and thunder Joe?

    Can he speak? Hope Charlie was watchin….

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Anyone seen a poster on the BBC site says Alan Smith is going on loan to Rangers? Any truth? Surely not.

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #13

    NEVER MIND THE YELLOW TICKER ON THE SSN SCREEN, MY TICKER IS GOING 50 TO THE DOZEN CMON ASHELY SPALSH THE CASH, OLD MAN IN DIRE NEED OF A TRANFER FIX!!!!!!!!

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  • Will

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #14

    p.s. congrats to Shola for is 50th goalm against the mackems. I knows it’s took a while but no way can say the lads WANTS to be a bad footballer lol

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    Thud and blunder was a fairly acurate description of our first half display, so maybe he meant it. LOL!

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #16

    The bloke never stopped – good signing and can only get better for us.

    More please. 6hrs 14 mins

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    can someone tell me what is yellow ticker on the SSN screen ?

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #18

    toon grame its 7 hrs 13 minutes

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Well get the deal done then.. 🙂

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  • dev

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #20

    when there is breaking news a yellow band goes across the bottom of the screen

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  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #21

    Its an up to date news line, like they have on news channels.

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #22

    Well the club realy is struggling if we can’t afford to give David Craig a Bacon sarny free!

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  • toonoholic

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #23

    OE Kinnear is hoping to tie up a transfer deadline day deal for Coventry City left-back Daniel Fox.
    Newcastle United were today understood to be in talks with Coventry for the 22-year-old, who joined the club a year ago from Walsall.

    Fox played under Newcastle’s Academy director Richard Money during his three years at the Bescott Stadium.

    Kinnear was also hoping to rubber-stamp right-back Ryan Taylor’s move from Wigan Athletic, with the deal hinging on Charles N’Zogbia’s move the other way.

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #24

    David Craig has a fat chin, so maybe we’re just helping him watch his waistline. Might be a good idea for Ashley too!

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  • gallowgate chris

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #25

    was sat in the gallowgate and he wasn’t bad at all, will be menacing when he plays alongside Barton or Guthrie.
    Enrique, Basssong, and Jonas had unbelievable games, best i’ve seen all season! Taylor put in a shift aswell.

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  • Stuart79

    Feb 2, 2009 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #26

    Fox doesn’t excite me.

    We need experience at the minute, not potential

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  • Toon1978

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #27

    Coming to think of it, do we really need Veloso, we have the likes of Guthrie and Barton to come back not to mention Lua Lua waiting in the wings aswell as Godsmark and Butt?

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  • ian

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #28

    Great debut, brilliant save otherwise we would have lost, better if he scored as well!! But a good first game.

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  • Tony

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #29

    thought butt looked as if he was running in quick sand yesterday .bassong looked the senior defender to colo as well

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  • BenjiToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #30

    A fox always excites me Stuart79!

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  • THE MAGPIE

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #31

    Nolan-i thought the game passed him by a bit-he needs to up his fitness levels but seems a good strong character.
    Dont know why Joe keeps wanting to get rid of Enrique thought he played well. Does Guti play better on the right wing because his left foot crossing was weak-wingers should have swapped at some time in the game.

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  • nufc1818

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #32

    hmm…wonder if we could nick arshavin hes angry at arsenal and is at the airport

    WE CAN HOPE

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  • dev

    Feb 2, 2009 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #33

    apparently the airports closed so he will need his parachute

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  • LooneyToon

    Feb 2, 2009 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #34

    Was in the leazes end yesterday and thought Nolan put in a quality shift….
    got stuck right in and every time he recieved the ball got us moving forward…..excellent debut for the fella….
    Bassong was top notch…..pace, strength, reads the game like the bible and his passing and distribution has improved a heck of alot…..we have some player on our hands….he is producing week in week out

    Toon1978…..we may need another centre mid as Gutrie is reported out for the rest of the season and Barton the best part of 10 weeks….

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