Kevin Nolan A Steadying Influence At Newcastle

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.

Comments welcome.

16 comments so far

  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #1

    Would be nice to have this squad for Man Utd…

    R.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique
    Jonas — Barton — Nolan — Lovenkrands
    …………….Carroll —— Martins

    Subs: Baye, S.Taylor, Owen, Butt, Smith, Viduka, Duff, (Maybe Guthrie).

    Would be the first time this season we had a full squad!

  • dougnufc

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #2

    The lads seem to love Kinnear, but I am afraid that Kinnear has to step down as manager for his health. Not sure how this would affect the team though.

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Hate to disagree but Nolan and Butt were terrible against West Brom, especially in the second half. If they were up against anyone else we’d have been lucky to tie.

    They might be sufficient for keeping us up but a central mid pairing of Nolan and Butt will not be worth much of anything next season.

    If we are to get anything out of our upcoming games against ManU, Chelsk and Arse then we need 5 across the middle. And for the love of god remove this off-side trap, we just aren’t good enough to use it and we were so so close to giving Brom a goal with such a high and disorganized back line.

  • Toon_Ksk (Huh? u mean David Craig is real?)

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #4


    Can’t believe you left Beye and Owen on the bench.

  • DanToon

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #5

    Toon_Ksk – They would not be match fit mate!

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #6

    My line-up for the next game would be:

    R.Taylor – Coloccini – Bassong – Enrique
    Duff — Guthrie (if back) — Nolan — Jonas
    …………….Lovenkrands —— Martins

    ….steady on “It Could Be Worse…We Could Be Spurs -DC-“. Nolan was a top signing, admittedly Butt can give the ball away too often though. I’d agree with you about the offside trap nonsense mind – it ain’t working.

    …and yeah DanToon, almost a full squad indeed! What’s going on?! I’m expecting a different game altogether against Everton. 3 nowt. COME ARN!

  • bowburnmag

    Feb 13, 2009 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #7

    DC – “tie”?!?! Sort it out, it’s ‘draw’ on either side of the pond!!

  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #8

    “And for the love of god remove this off-side trap, we just aren’t good enough to use it and we were so so close to giving Brom a goal with such a high and disorganized back line.”

    Well you must have been watching a different game to Steve Harper DC lad…..he was quoted saying he was telling the players to push up as they were sitting too deep and letting WBA come onto us….

    Nolan has made a steady start…..good player….like the lad…he has something to prove so hopefully we will see the best of him….

  • chuck

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #9

    A decent hardworking, underrated, gets a few goals pro.
    Surprised Megson let him go for a relatively small fee, an asset to the side

  • sweendog

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Rodzilla .. guthrie and nolan in midfield .. thats Bolton midfield from last year .. I like the 2 players but shows you how far down the league table we are..

  • nufcc

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #11

    I would put owen in that team instead of martins if he is fit,

  • It Could Be Worse...We Could Be Spurs -DC-

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Can’t say that fills me with most hope RE Harper. Our back-line was in shambles and a couple of off-sides calls that could have gone either way were the difference in this game, make no mistake.

    It’s one thing for the back 4 to play a high line if that is what the coaches have had them working on all week and another thing all together for the long-time back-up keeper to think think they were playing too deep. Personally I don’t like Harpers demeanor back there, constantly shaking his head acting like he’s of a higher quality them, ahem Shay. He screamed bloody murder when he got a pass-back…how many times did Shay take a back pass?

    bowburnmag…good call I hang my head in shame.

    I’m not that bothered by Nolan, he works hard and looked decent but he did give the ball away way too often for my liking, I’ll give him a few games of ‘getting the rust out’ before I start slating him any further. R.Taylor looked decent when kicking the ball but trying to control it or make a pass, my oh my!

    We need an injection of real quality into the side or we will be stuck to the wrong end of the table for a long while to come.

  • Rodzilla

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #13

    Indeed sweendog! I’d love to have said “Gerrard, Barry” but I’d have been on the wrong planet.

    ; )

  • Davies

    Feb 13, 2009 at 2:49 PM

    Comment #14

    I like this line up






  • Whumpie

    Feb 13, 2009 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #15

    Nolan is exactly what we needed: versatile, experienced, commanding and a battler. He may not prove to be champions’ league material, but for scrapping our way up the table I think he’s spot on.

    We really only have two positions light now – LB and AM. If we can just plug those (or just hope for no injuries and suspensions) then we should be fine.

    Then the real rebuilding starts…

  • chuck

    Feb 13, 2009 at 7:46 PM

    Comment #16

    Carroll ? surely you jest and not exactly a role Nolan is known for DM.
    The truth is we still need that DM to boss the side something niether Butt or Geremi can do anymore.
    Beye- Taylor——–Bassong -Enrique

    Jonas—–R. Taylor——-Nolan———Duff
    Martins—- Lovenkrands


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