Kevin Nolan had one of his best games for Newcastle on Monday night, when he brilliantly set up Danish International, Peter Lovenkrands, for the third and decisive goal.
Kevin Nolan – good game against Middlesbrough
Kevin was also part of Oba Martin’s amazing goal, but it looked like it was the great Mark Viduka back-header that got the ball to Oba, who then brilliantly rounded one player before putting it expertly into the net. His most vital goal ever for Newcastle United – and he knew it! It was Oba’s 8th goal of the season.
If you watch the video replay of the goal – watch the Gallowgate end crowd all rise to their feet before the goal, and then go wild when it went in – you talk about anticipation – it’s a sight to behold.
And of course after the goal Damien Duff almost shoves his manager, Alan Shearer, to the ground. 😀
Alan Shearer has today praised Kevin Nolan’s contribution to the side on Monday, after he had dropped the player, for the home game against Portsmouth. It shows you what this lad is made of – guts and glory.
Alan said today:
“I left Kevin Nolan out of the side a couple of weeks ago, but it is a measure of the man that we have got exactly the sort of reaction a manager wants from a player.”
“He was obviously disappointed to have been left out, but he is a tremendous professional and I knew that, by leaving him out, I would get a reaction.”
“I thought he was one of our star players on Monday night.”
We’ve also noticed that Alan has dropped Ryan Taylor, and the Liverpool lad wasn’t even on the bench on Monday night.
But don’t be surprised if Alan uses him in one of the last two games of the season, and we look for a similar response from Ryan. Maybe he can even score his first goal for Newcastle, before the end of the season. Converting a free kick would be nice.