Gary Speed – Tackle Out Of Character For Kevin Nolan

It turns out that Kevin Nolan apologised to every one of his Newcastle team-mates at half time in yesterday’s game against Everton, after Kevin had been sent off in the 44th minute.


Kevin Nolan – will miss next 3 games

For those readers who haven’t seen the video of Kevin’s awful tackle here it is.

It was definitely a sending-off offense and Kevin’s rather lucky that Anichebe wasn’t more seriously injured. We’re glad he wasn’t because it looks like Everton have lost Arteta for the rest of the season after he injured his knee, after just 4 minutes.

He has damaged his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) and that is usually six months out at least.

Nolan will now miss the next three games for the shocking challenge, Bolton, Manchester United and Hull City, and those games are crucial to the Newcastle side.

The apology and his quick admission of fault, could well have helped the lads galvanize together in the second half yesterday, when they started like a steam train, in what turned out to be another great fighting performance from the lads – there’s certainly no lack of courage in the squad we have riught now.

There’s not much we can do now about Kevin missing the next 3 games, because there will be no appeal from Newcastle United, that’s for sure. The lads which just have to get on with it.

Both caretaker boss Chris Hughton and Everton manager David Moyes have accepted Nolan’s apologies, while close pal and former team-mate Gary Speed told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“He’s not that type of player, it’s out of character.”

“He’s been sent off before but for nothing of this kind of nature.”

Nolan is quoted as telling Victor Anichebe in the tunnel:

“I’m really sorry. I was late – I didn’t mean to hurt you.

“I can only apologise.”

However, a little bit of good news on the injury front is that 20 year-old Gateshead born 6′ 4″ striker striker Andy Carroll, who has been impressive when starting in the side recently, will be available for the Bolton game next Sunday. That’s good news after Shola Ameobi was less than impressive yesterday.

Andy has missed the 3-2 win at West Brom and the 0-0 draw yesterday, due to the ankle injury he picked up in the 1-1 draw against Sunderland on February 1st.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Kash

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Apparently Nolan is the dirtiest player in the league with all his yellows and reds to date!

  • Micky Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #2

    I love this place, but honestly we’ve already had one article on this.

  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    Ive gained permission from the Mrs to go to the ressies match tonight. SUbject to chores and child being in bed.

    Never been before but roughly know where it is.

    Anyone else going?

  • Joseph

    Feb 23, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #4

    kash fellaini and cattermole ain’t far behind

  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    Comment #5

    C`mon the guys had more cards than a Vegas dealer over the seasons.
    Our scousers are all from the same mould
    overly physical, guess with Smith back, there are teams who will not particularly relish the thought of playing at St. James`s.

  • waddler

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan’s not a dirty player and had the decency to apologise to the lad 3 times and also to his own players at half time.
    My captain next year with Bassong vice captain ready to take over in a couple of years.

  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #7

    Disappointing game. Lovenkrands showed why he cost nothing and Nolan showed why Bolton arnt arsed he has left. The Nolan tackle was horrendous, totally uncalled for and it’s lucky the lad didn’t get his leg broken. Tackles like that should be reserved for when we play Lee Cattermole.

    Ryan Taylor looks a good signing if he can stay fit. Apart from a few times when he lost possesion. His delivery was again top class and he was unlucky with a superbly taken free kick.

    It is a shame because Nolan started to look the player he can be. Frustration perhaps for realising what a shit team he has signed for.

    We need Guthrie now more than ever.

    Butt = Give up and retire
    Ameobi = p’$$ off somewhere else

    Harper = Mr Capello were you watching.
    Vuckic = Is already justifing the hipe with goals on both his debuts. (Reserve & U-18)

    We now desperatly need the points at Bolton but won’t be easy.

  • chuck

    Feb 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #8

    See where we are supposed to be lining up a bid for Johnson in the summer, why ?
    The kids a decent player an AM, but we have Nolan and Joey for that role, what we need is a replacement for the venerable Butt, a DM.
    Mbia anyone or Sissoko, Appiah perhaps, actually believe he is still available at this time and in view of the upcoming struggle for survival and believe me thats what its going to be.
    Perhaps we could get him on a special contract untill the seasons end ?
    If at this time its not recognized that our strategic need is a midfielder that can take charge and put himself about, then we are screwed.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #9

    Chuck – you are clueless. Nolan has only ever had 1 red before this one in is whole career, and that was a second yellow for dissent!

    As for Johnson, dont want the permacrock, bad attitude, alcy.

  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #10

    chuck // Feb 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    See where we are supposed to be lining up a bid for Johnson in the summer, why ?
    The kids a decent player an AM, but we have Nolan and Joey for that role, what we need is a replacement for the venerable Butt, a DM.

    Chuck- We DESPERATLY need an attacking midfielder to play the ball to the forwards and create moves.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 24, 2009 at 6:31 AM

    Comment #11

    Ameobi was terrible and to think OBA was on the bench lookin on.
    Glad to hear Andy is back for the next game.
    Must say that Duff was probably 1 of our best attackin players before the substitution.
    He would have been much better than Shola up front


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