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.
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.
“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.