Kevin Nolan came out yesterday and said he thought Newcastle were 100% certain to stay in the Premier league, and he has again come out today with a rallying call for the Newcastle cause.
Kevin Nolan congratulating Shola for scoring penalty against Sunderland
And Nolan seems to believe the Newcastle team has what it takes to achieve Premier League survival:
“There are no sirens going off here just yet,” “The next two were always going to be tough games and we’ve got to pick ourselves up for Chelsea.”
“But I’d far rather be in the bottom three now than at the end of the season.” “I think we’ve got enough in the locker and enough in the changing room to get us out of this in the next eight games.
“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.”
Kevin Nolan knows what it takes to get out of relegation trouble, as he had plenty of experience doing that for Bolton when Sam Allardyce was leading them when they first got back into the Premier league.
But Kevin is so right when he says Newcastle failed to take their chances in the first half, including a missed penalty, which we all knew did not auger well for us, when Oba missed t badly . You had a feeling when that didn’t go in – it was just not going to be Newcastle’s day. 🙁
And Nolan admits:
“Against Arsenal you have to take your chances and we had plenty in the first hour.”
“That’s why they are a class side because if you don’t punish them they’ll punish you.”
“But if we can produce what we did for in the first hour for 90 minutes then I’m sure we’ll get out of it.”
Here’s Kevins’ leadership abilities coming to the fore, and we’re so glad this lad’s back and battling for the Newcastle cause this season.
It’s not much of a surprise that 52% of our readers think he’s be the best choice for captain next season, and that poll and others are still open – you can still vote in our poll corner on the home page.
But it will take Nolan and lots of other Newcastle players, to show their courage, guts and form in the eight remaining games, if we are going to survive, because every game of the last five has seen us lurch deeper and deeper into relegation trouble.
The players and management have to wake up, before it’s just too late and tragedy overtakes the Tyneside club.
Read Ed’s new report on the 3-1 home defeat against Arsenal last Saturday, in his News of The World Column.