Nicky Butt – Joe Has Given Us The Fighting Spirit


Nicky Butt has given a good interview to the Sunday Sun this morning, before our crucial game starts in a couple of hours at Bolton Wanderers.

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Nicky Butt – stand-in skipper wants win at Bolton today

And Butt is backing the French resistance of Sebastien Bassong, our 6’2″ wonder boy this season, to see off Kevin Davies and help Newcastle get a valuable 3 points today.

Nicky said this morning:

“All our players have to stand up to be counted on Sunday,” “To be fair, they’ve done that in the last two or three games. But we’ve got to keep that going at Bolton.”

“We’ve got to try and win the battle rather than go there and try and look nice.” “Bolton will have the big man to hit up front, but Sebastien Bassong’s been our best player all season.”

“Every challenge he’s faced, he’s taken it on, and coped brilliantly, particularly at center-half.” “So I don’t think tackling Kevin Davies will faze him.”

“When you look at our team now, we’ve got a lot of big, tough players,” “And that’s crucial.”

“Outside the top four, where they all play fantasy football, clubs all seem to have massive forwards, powerful forward runners and strong target men.”

“Our defenders and midfielders have got to learn how to cope with that. The bigger they are, the better they will be at it.”

And Joe Kinnear may be out of sight, today but it seems he is on the minds of  Newcastle’s players, who seem to love Joe, and what he’s tried to do at Newcastle, to the detriment of his health, we may add.

It seems that Nicky has much respect for the straight shooter who is Joe Kinnear and he continued:

“Joe came here and gave us some fighting spirit,” “He’s straight as a die really. Some people like that, some people don’t.”

“He’s not one who’s going to go on the training field and show you different techniques like some of the new coaches do. That’s why he’s got two good coaches in Colin (Calderwood) and Chris (Hughton).”

“He’s just an out-and-out manager. He tells you what you need to do and you take it on board. We all respect him for coming here under a lot of stick. He stayed here, he didn’t run off.”

“We all like him. He’s an honest guy who’s just had a bit of bad luck at the minute.”

“I’d like him to come back and stay on as manager next season, but it’s something his wife and family have to deal with. It’s a massive concern for them as well.”

The immediate job that Nicky Butt and his Newcastle team mates need to do today, is to complete our second double of the season, to go with the double we accomplished against WBA recently.

We beat Bolton 1-0 in our second game of the season at St. James’ Park, so a win today and it’s the double against another relegation contender, and we will also leap-frog Bolton in the league.

If we can do that we’ll be in fairly good shape in the league and in fact just 4 points off Wigan, who are in 7th place in the league.

Butt continued:

“You can play your Manchester Uniteds, your Liverpools and your Arsenals but you get to a stage where these games (Bolton) become more important because of the points situation.”

“We’re definitely going there for a win.”

So a win today and we could even start looking up the league than over our shoulder, but we need the win first, before we start thinking anything other than relegation survival.

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