Kevin Nolan 100% Certain Newcastle Will Stay Up


Former Bolton midfielder Kevin Nolan, back from his 3 match suspension, has come out today and said he’s certain that Newcastle will stay in the Premier league for next season.

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 Kevin Nolan – Newcastle will avoid relegation 

Kevin is the type of gritty no nonsense player that can help Newcastle escape relegation trouble, and Newcastle have missed him over the last 3 games.  Newcastle matched an in-form Arsenal side, for the first hour in yesterday’s game, before the Londoners got a couple of goals to see off the Magpies.

Kevin said:

“It’s down to us now to start being ruthless, ruthless with each other and against teams.”

“But the lads are up for the fight and certainly, I believe we have got enough in the changing room and I don’t believe we will go down.” 

“Even though we are in a sticky situation at the moment, I am 100 per cent positive that we will still be in the Premier League come the end of the season.”   

Missing the penalty in the first half was a crucial point of the game, and who knows how Newcastle would have fared if Martins had stuck it in the back of the net.  But of course, there’s no way to know that now, although many Newcastle fans were shown with their head in their hands afetr the penalty, to show they knew it was a vital miss by the usually dependent Nigerian.

It was really a bad omen yesterday, when Martins couldn’t convert it, as we could been 1-0 up, and that would have no doubt lifted the confidence of the lads, with the crowd right behind them.

But that’s what Kevin is talking about, you just have to score those penalties and maybe Kevin himself should become the penalty taker, since that’s not the first penalty Oba has missed for the Magpies.

Probably the best penalty taker at the club is Joey Barton, who would have plonked that one in the back of the net yesterday, if he had been playing.  It’s hard to forget, with just one minute to go in injury time at Craven Cottage last season, when Joey took the ball off Milner and scored beautifully from the penalty spot to get Newcastle all 3 points.

You just knew he was going to score, which was not the case with Oba yesterday.

Newcastle may need 4 wins from their remaining 8 games, and the best chance we have is to beat Portsmouth, Middlesbrough and Fulham at home and Stoke City away.  But there’s been something missing from the team of late, and Kevin is right – we need that killer instinct, and missing penalties isn’t it.

We don’t think we’d be in this position with Joe still at the helm, and we’ve lost all confidence in Hughton to get any results at Newcastle.

Being realistic, we don’t think there’s much chance of getting anything at home to Chelsea. The best chance we have is to somehow have Joe back for the Stoke game, otherwise we cannot see Newcastle winning even that one. We could probably get a point, like we did at Hull last week, but since Stoke are above us in the league, that wouldn’t be good enough.

But there’s also something wrong with pushing Joe Kinnear back quicker than he’s due, after such a major operation – to face such a tense finale to the season.  The club have to watch Joe’s health – and he must be sensible about it too.

Mike Ashley has made a big mistake by relying on Hughton and Calderwood in Joe’s absence, and he should know that now, with just 2 points from 5 games to prove it.

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108 comments so far

  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #1

    I don’t know what you may think about Nolan’s words but for me that means very little.

    It’s all about hard work, not words or poor caretaker manager.

    And for example, here in Brazil, Corinthians and Vasco – two of the biggest clubs in Brazil – have already been painfully relegated to the second division while their chaimans kept the whole Championship saying they were sure they wouldn’t be relegated.

    So that means nothing. The team have to move on and we need a new manager.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #2

    to be fair bg that may not be our problem after we played hull phill brown said all the fighting talk was music to his sears coz he realized that hull arent ever gonna outplay any 1 but they can gice any 1 in the league a good fight in other words we need to outplay teams more

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  • Matthew Tom

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #3

    I totally agree about Chris Hughton. He is just not a winner and cannot lead the club. We should either put Calderwood in charge or get a replacement for Joe in til the end of the season.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Kev – no disrepect but what ye been drinking.

    I can see us staying up and as you will know I am ever the optimist.

    The more I see Oba’s pen, the more it looks like a pass not a pen shot. Add spot kicks to the list, along with , corners, free kicks and – oh yeah defending.

    There is no way Harper will be able to match Gomez against Chelsea – he was on fire yesterday between the posts.

    Fair play to Arry – you listening Benny.

    Seriously peeeed off.

    Im on a weeks hol in spain and get back Friday before the Chelski match – Im gonna be on a communications blackout and will miss the blog, otherwise I might go insane.

    Englands playing like – so!

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  • Stuart79

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #5

    He’s obviously got the same drug dealer has Ashley and Llambias!

    Ashley needs to open his eyes!

    His fckin penny pinchin ways are coming back to haunt him and us!

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  • ObaFan2

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #6

    “Mike Ashley has made a big mistake by relying on Hughton and Calderwood….”

    Well atleast Ashley is consistent……. at making mistakes that is.

    I still think his (Ashley’s) gamble for this season, having 3 worse teams than us in the EPL, has backfired and we unfortunately have to put up with it!

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  • Bill F

    Mar 22, 2009 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #7

    Trouble with penalties is that if the GK guesses right then the penalty taker looks like a right Kn*b. I watched Oba as he took it and he looked and feinted as if he as going to shoot left, if the GK had taken the feint then it would have been an easy goal and everyone singing Oba’s praises. Either good goalkeeping or lucky don’t really matter now. 🙁

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Wigan fans chanting –

    “There’s only one Titus Bramble”

    There is nowt more that the crowd can do for NUFC – we do all we can and certainly did yesterday and will continue to.

    I physically could barely say a word towards the end of the match and thats a first.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #9

    If lady luck is gonna help we out – let wigan win.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #10

    Wigan 1 – 0 up – thank you. Every little helps!

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #11

    get in i no its sad realy wigan 1 0

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #12

    the mackems are down to ten men

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #13

    Batty – Im looking forward to the Liverpool match like.

    Howay the pool (to catch Man U)

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #14

    Batty – who’s been naughty at the mackems like?

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #15

    Toon Graeme // we could get out ov this mess even though it looks very unlikely m8

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon Graeme // it was mcartney 15 min

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #17

    Batty – im normally ever the optimist but its getting harder. There is no reason why we shouldnt have walked away with a point yesterday.

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  • batty

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #18

    if we played like yesterday i think we would beat teams like boro pompy stoke quite easily m8

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #19

    If mate – IF.

    So glad the spuds match is on the tele in april.

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  • stevt_0_3

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Yet more talk and no action. The way the team gave up when the 3rd went in yesterday proved that they are definitely NOT up for the fight. So called leaders like Nolan and Butt went completely missing!!!!

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  • We didnt give up but a team like Arsenal keep the ball so well when they went 3-1 up we didnt get a sniff.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #22

    the fitness levels showed too – our older squad couldnt keep up.

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  • Big Dave

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #23

    Sorry Lads but i cant really blame the player I think the players we have can do the job BUT sometimes they need a manager that knows what to do to get the best out of them.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #24
  • DJG

    Mar 22, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #25

    To be brutally honest both Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor have looked very poor players. Of course it’s not entirely their fault for being in a crap side but they havent added much IMO.

    Ed any news on Bassong and S. Taylor, Bassong looked like he had a muscle strain and Taylor did his knee. Both could be out for weeks. Hardly what we need in this situation. When Bassong and Taylor were off the pitch we folded like a pack of cards.

    After Chelsea we will be further in the relegation zone. It looks like Boro are gonna join us. Sad sad times, two clubs that have enjoyed premiership football for many years.

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  • only one shay given

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #26

    tbh lads yesterday we dominated an in form arsenal for large periods of the game and i feel we shud of been atleast 2 or 3 up at half time if we perform like that every match we will have no problem stayin up

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  • geordie jock

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #27

    Tosser

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Are best team if all fit would be like this

    _______________Harper_____________

    Beye______S.Taylor____Bassong___Enrique

    ______Geremi____Butt___Barton_______

    _______________Owen______________
    __________Viduka_____Martins________

    We were unbeatable except it was Faye instead of Bassong, oh I actually miss Keegan

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

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #29

    I’m 99% positive that we will go down.

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  • im 100% Toon_Ksk. We are doomed.

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  • Wigaz

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #31

    Toon Ksk i’m 100% we’ll go down mate. So much so that i think we should give the kids a game for the remaining fixtures. Lets face it we’d prob have as much chance of staying up with the kids than with these overpaid overrated pre mandonna’s that are playing now. I just hope if we go MA sells up & leaves. My god i wish we could copy the mackems dare i say it with a Consortium buying us with Shearer as manager. We will have a team full of hungry youngsters next season in fizzy pop trying to get us up. I think some of the old players will stay like Butt & Harper. My team Vs Chelsea.

    =========Harper==========
    Beye==STaylor==Bassong==Jose
    Lua==Nolan===Guthrie===Loven=
    ======Caroll====Ranger=====

    We need fresh attack upfront that will suprise teams. None of them know what Ranger is like lets bloody unleash him on the league! Owen is half the player he once was & Oba is a maybe player, maybe he’ll preform today maybe he wont!

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #32

    I am still positive about us staying up. I think WBA, Hull and Middelsbrough/Blackburn will go down. We are still in range for 13th, so its not all over yet. We can get something out of Stoke(a) Tottenham(a), Portsmouth(h), Middelsbrough(h), Fulham(h) and possibly Villa(a). We have out played Man Utd and Arsenal in big parts of the last two games, and we know the quality is there. All but Liverpool(a) should be there for the taking, and its all up to the players to show the form from Man Udt game (1st half) and Arsenal(1st half), if we can do that, we will be just fine.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #33

    Soren

    Its good to see someone being positive but if you think about it Stoke away is not an easy game and neither will Tottenham, the Portsmouth, Fulham and Middlesbrough games will determine weather we stay up or not

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #34

    P.S.
    Too much doom and gloom on here. We won’t get anywhere if we already have ruled ourselves to relegation. Get behind the lads, we will stay up!

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #35

    I know all about Stoke, and I know we are in for one he** of a psychical game there. But I still think we have every chance of getting something from that game, if we play like against Man Utd/Arsenal. Granted they have a lot more brute force than us, but we have so much more speed and skill, and Loven/Martins should be able to cause their defence loads of trouble. Tottenham we always have a good take on, and they are a like much like us, speed/skill, but we just outplayed in-form Arsenal in big parts of yesterdays game, and I see no reason why we can’t do that against Tottenham. We didn’t expect to win at WHL either last season, but wahay 4-1. Don’t know if I am too optimistic but I just don’t see any reason to writes us completely off yet.

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  • Wigaz

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #36

    There’s always a case to be positive but there’s also a case of being realistic boys. If you look at the way we have been playing for a long a time now we just simply aren’t good enough. We have only survived previous seasons due to the fact that their were far worse teams than us and due to the fact a certain number 9 always saved the day. Dont get me wrong i’d love it if we stay up but i just cant see it. Being on top in a game not taking your chances & getting beat 3-1 at home is relegation form. The most annoying thing is though the players dont play with that much effort against the lesser teams & thats why we’re 18th in the league & staring relegation in the face.

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  • Brazilian Geordie

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #37

    What’s the problem with NUFC shop ”Contact us” link.

    They say: ”Please use only letters a to z, A to Z or 0 to 9 in your query”

    I have already deleted all the periods, comma whatsoever and it’s still saying ”Invalid characters in response”

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  • Soren

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #38

    Wigaz,
    I see your point, but wouldn’t you agree that the Man Utd and Arsenal game, if we had not lacked that last sharpness among the strikers we could’ve won or got a draw? It was personal errors that have cost us the games and it drains confidence
    and football is all about confidence, and we lack that atm, because we didn’t get anything from those games despite playing very well. If we can get going on confidence we can definately stay up. We know we have the quality to stay up, its just a matter of getting confident. Hopefully Hughton/Calderwood can manage to get the lads firing as they have done against Man Utd/Arsenal, and surely we can turn this thing around.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #39

    Wow Villa are getting thrashed- their on a downfall and will probably regain their form once we play them

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  • jim

    Mar 22, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #40

    whatever happened eh? all u keegan doubters mite be made to eat ya words if we go down-
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4dkbjQv1VG0

    tut tut tut ……….

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