Since Kevin Nolan has come to Newcastle, the club have gained 4 points from 6 in our last two tough games.
Kevin Nolan – terrific buy for Newcastle United
Not only that but Kevin has played really well with Nicky Butt in the Newcastle engine room, which is central midfield, and that was the big difference at West Brom where the two of them controlled the middle of the park all game.
And the game at WBA was huge, because WBA were 2 points behind Newcastle before the game and could have jumped above us with a win.
Kevin said today:
“It’s always a help when teams below you do lose, but we’re not in this to be looking around us,”
“It’s about us getting results, not anyone else. We’ve got a hard run in but we’re up for it and we’ll be ready.”
“Now it’s about us climbing the table and putting points on the board.”
Nolan has been a steadying influence at Newcastle since he arrived, and before he even kicked a ball against Sunderland he was the one who was doing all the talking in the team huddle before the game. 😀
That’s the leader that Kevin is, and it’s needed right now at the club.
Nolan dedicated the victory to missing manager Joe Kinnear, who had taken ill at the team hotel on the morning of that crucial game.
“That one was for the gaffer,” “The position we’re in we need results.”
“In thought we played fantastically well in the first-half but maybe sat back a bit too much after the break.”
“But when you’re down their and you’re scrapping for your lives that’s what you’ve got to do.”
“And I thought we battled well and hung in there together and deserved the win.”
Good words from Kevin and true words too.
It was a surprise when we got Kevin in from Bolton, and it came within 24 hours of Joey Barton being injured again at Eastlands, when we lost 2-1, and lost both Owen and Barton through injury.
But now we have 4 very good central midfileders in Butt, Barton, Guthrie and Nolan, and Newcastle also want to bring in Michael Johnson from Manchester City.
That’s a very strong midfield for Newcastle.