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.