Chris Hughton has today admited that Newcastle United have missed the significant positive influence of Kevin Nolan in the team, and has welcomed his return from his 3 game suspension.
Kevin Nolan – return welcomed by coach Hughton
The 26-year-old was given a three-game ban following his straight red card for a terrible tackle on Everton’s Victor Anichebe, which put the Everton striker out for the season.
But since that game Newcastle picked up a single point last Saturday at Hull, ion the 3 games Newcastle played without Nolan, and of course Kevin this morning just happened to mention Newcastle were unbeaten when he has started. It will be an unwelcome surprise to Newcastle fans, if Kevin doesn’t start the game tomorrow against The Gunners.
Caretaker manager Chris Hughton believes the experience and character of Liverpool-born Nolan will be invaluable to Newcastle in their relegation fight.
Chris told nufcTV today:
“Kevin is an honest lad and we all knew after the sending-off incident that he held his hand up,” “He knew he had caught the lad and it was a typical Kevin response straight afterwards to apologize.”
“It was a shame because we were able to see what he is capable of doing in a short period and we have missed him.” “He’s a big personality and a good character to have around.”
“He’s also a lad that’s been in this situation before and I’m sure there’ll be value in that for us.”
We hope that upbeat assessment on Kevin means that Nolan will start the game tomorrow against Arsenal, because we need him in the team.
A win is what we need tomorrow, bu that will be very difficult, but we want the lads to start the game, and play the full game as though their lives depended on it.
For lots of Newcastle fans, it’s just that important.
Howay The Lads – you can do it!!