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.
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.
“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!!