Kevin Nolan To Be Pushed Upfield More

Kevin Nolan has not played too well in the last few games, but news today that the former Bolton player could play a more attacking role in the last five games of the season.


Kevin Nolan – could play a more attacking role

Assistant manager Iain Dowie talked today about Kevin Nolan and playing to Kevin’s strengths:

“Kev’s worked tremendously hard – probably worked harder than anyone in the first half of the Spurs game,”  “I just think he’s played a lot at Newcastle where he’s not played in a position that has played to his strengths, which is getting forward and towards goal.”

“Kevin’s a vocal lad around the place, he’s a good character and he’s worked particularly hard. He would have liked to have got his goal return, though. When I watched him at Bolton he used to get 10-15 goals without questions.”

“But it just won’t drop to him in the box, which is a shame because he’s a really good finisher. “He’s a forward-looking midfield player and to be fair to Kevin that has been restricted a little bit at times since he came to Newcastle.”

“We’ve tried to free him up a little bit, we’ll do that again for the Portsmouth game and hopefully that will get the rewards sooner or later.”

Obviously Shearer and Dowie are looking at ways of how to get the best out of the players they have before it becomes too late, which will be fairly soon if we cannot start winning games.

But a win against Pompey next Monday night could do wonders for the players, but they will have to win the game, and it seems almost impossible for them to  do that these days.

But it’s got to be do or die on Monday night – and let’s hope it will not be death – which would be a defeat or a draw against the south coast club.

The game is being televised live around the world – again.

Comments welcome.

22 comments so far

  • batty

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #1

    they should push him more towards the bench than up feild

  • lesh

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #2

    Love to see him open his account with one in the Pompey net!

  • ieffrey

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #3

    I concur with you, Batty, on the conditions that Barton is ready to take Nolan’s place

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m off to Spain tomorrow, but I’ve had the good taste to buy a house where the local pub is run by a Toon. The beer’s poor, but the telly’s got the important stuff on it.

    Howay the lads – stuff the Pomps for 4!!

    (And, in a blatant bit of advertising, you can take a look at my luvverly pad and rent it… but not this weekend:

    I’ll give 20% off to anyone who books and mentions this blog! Toon Army rate.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Oh, yeah – the thread. Sorry…

    I hope Dowie’s right and the only reason Nolan’s not been doing well is his position and the system. Unfortunately, I suspect he’s yet another in the growing queue of ‘almost good enough’ creative, attacking midfielders.

    I’d trade the lot for one exceptional one. Is Nacho our only hope?

  • Zangwill_Ho

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #6

    Ed, would you please mention about Nick Butt. He is really not good in mid. Always loses a ball face to face, wrong passing, etc.
    I think Kevin, barton or Guthrie would do better
    for your reference: … ham-Newcastle-08-09

  • Toon Graeme

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #8

    Whumpie – I might take you up on that offer mate.

    Nolan has taken some flak on here and as for the ‘stamp’ incident – well.

    I know this sounds daft but – owt that works and brings results. If he is best placed in a more attacking role then asling as it bears fruit.

    Take R Taylor – freekicks and corners are terrible – yet he had a habit of scroing some belters past we.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #9

    Aye, but some of his throw-ins are fantastic. Not good enough to make up for those kicks, mind.

  • Sav

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #10

    If we are playing 3 up front AND pushing Nolan forward, who is minding the store?
    Presumably either Duffer or Jonas will be one of the midfield trio.

  • RyanToon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #11

    nolan is carp

  • Whumpie

    Apr 23, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #12

    He is a bit fishy, like.

  • Girth

    Apr 23, 2009 at 1:01 PM

    Comment #13

    decent player just suffering from Collocini syndrome at the min, crap team, low on confidence playing poorly. Bang a few goals in and the confidence will come back with his game, watch him against pompy, he is there in the box waiting for the ball to drop to him, when was the last time you saw one of our midlfeilders there?? We need players like him right now, and then of course when his game comes back up to scratch we will all love him…..
    loyalist football supporters the world has ever had???

  • PaceOba

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #14

    He still can’t adapt the style of newcastle play.

  • spiderpig

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:16 PM

    Comment #15

    looks too least one of your central mids need a bit of pace.and butts got none either.explains why we get caught with the ball alot.barton and guthrie would be my preference.guthrie hardly ever misplaces a pass and keeps it simple.barton likes to get forward and has an eye for goal.altho guthrie is our highest scoring midfielder with

  • Gunners

    Apr 23, 2009 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #16

    10-15 goals in 5 seasons I guess.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #17

    Nolan is absolutel rubbish. He is pverweight and slow.

    He should be dropped from the squad al together.

    Germei, Guthrie, Butt, Donaldson, Doninger and others are all better than him.

  • JJJ

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    Girth – I agree with you… Newcastle fans are so fickle when it comes to supporting our players AND managers.
    3-4 bad games and we want them out because the are “flops”… until we change that attitude we have no right to call ourselves the best fans in the land… because at the minute we ar from from it.

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 3:45 PM

    Comment #19

    Nolan hasn’t just been bad, he has been horrendous and has lost of us points!

  • budmon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Nicky Butt has definitely hampered the midfield which has led to our lack of service to the strickers/lack of goals as of late. Nothing new it seems of course, without pace upfront the central midfield must have even better pases to pick apart the defense. Im preying that Nolan an Barton in the central midfield for pompey so we can mack runs through the boody midfiled in the box man! nicky cannot pass, run, thread a through ball, a long ball or cross plus he’s old so we know he’s not getting any better. He’s decent at defending but, at times even thats questionable. Now tell me what good is a midfielder like that? A simple pass to Nolan would be amazing! Nolan and guthrie at the very least would be much better than anything to do with Butt. Shearer must see what we are seeing on match days with him! Butt must go!! Nolan will play better alongside anyone else, im sure of it.

  • budmon

    Apr 23, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #21

    NOLAN is a good player is my point lol

  • Tom_Toon

    Apr 24, 2009 at 3:54 AM

    Comment #22

    no he aint.

    He is fat and slow.


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