Kevin Nolan Character Shows Through At Newcastle

The euphoria of Monday night’s win is starting to wear off  a little, and we realize that we are still in a heck of a relegation battle in the last two games of the season.


Kevin Nolan – character has shown through at Newcastle

But one cause for hope on Monday was the performance of Kevin Nolan in midfield, who managed to get forward a lot more, and then brilliantly picked out the open Peter Lovenkrands for Newcastle’s killer 3rd goal, and as Peter usually does, he dispatched the ball into the net rather effortlessly and hit the ball first time. In fact Nolan was involved in all three Newcastle goals.

It was very similar to the goal Lovenkrands scored against WBA, when again he dispatched the ball into the net in one movement to make it all look so easy.  When you can do that it’s pure technique and skill and Peter has lots of that.

He was interviewed on Tuesday on Newcastle United TV, and he comes over so well, with his Scottish accent, after spending many years at Rangers, where he met his beautiful Scottish wife.  Peter now has 3 goals at the club and we are hoping for even more in the last two games of the season.

Today Kevin Nolan has insisted he is fighting hard to keep his starting slot in the side that will take on a vastly improved Fulham team  Saturday afternoon at St. James’ Park.

Kevin was dropped by Shearer, shortly after Alan arrived, but Alan has also done that to Coloccini, Guteirrez, Ryan Taylor and even Michael Owen since he arrived, so Kevin shouldn’t take it too personally.

But Kevin is nothing if not a fighter, and he came back and played his best game for the Magpies, when it really mattered on Monday night, to the absolute delight of his manager.

Kevin Nolan talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today in what they say was an emotional interview:

“A couple of weeks ago, I wasn’t even involved in the 18.” “That hurt and upset me a bit, and it was just about trying to get back in the team and proving people wrong.”

“I’m working hard to do that, and hopefully I’ll stay in the team for Saturday’s game.” “That’s the main aim – to play in the remaining games and get the right results.”

“Alan has come in as the gaffer, and he was trying different things.” “I was disappointed that I wasn’t part of his plans, but it’s just one of those things.”

“You can have a sulk about it, but you’ve just got to get on with it, work hard, and hope your chance will come.” “And I was just delighted to get my chance.”  

After Joey Barton got himself into trouble and suspended for the last 3 games of the season Kevin got the attacking midfield positon in a 4-4-2 set-up on MOnday and he played so well we didn’t miss Joey during the game.

Kevin continued:

“We’ve got some fantastic players here, so you’re aware you’re not going to be playing week in, week out if your performances aren’t at the highest level.”

“If you don’t perform well, someone’s ready to take their turn.” “A couple of weeks ago our destiny wasn’t in our own hands. We were asking people to do us favors.”

“Now we’ve put it back in our own hands, and it’s up to us now.” “If we perform in the next two games, and get the right results, we stay up – it’s as simple as that.” “That’s all we wanted.”

“We’ve got a squad and coaching staff that were delighted to be in our changing room (after Boro).” “We know the work’s only started, but hopefully this can be a springboard for the next two games.”  

When Kevin was signed in January, we said he was just the type of player Newcastle needed to avoid the drop, and his game on Monday proved that.

Not we need two more top class games from the Liverpudlian, and Alan needs to keep getting him forward so he can create the goals he did on Monday night.

If he can do that Kevin will have done a big job in saving our great club from the disaster of relegation – and he’ll know it.

Kevin is a great lad to have at the club.

Howay The Lads!!

8 comments so far

  • Toon Graeme

    May 14, 2009 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I think shearer will go with the same starting line up – injury willing.

    See how the first half goes and hope to be a goal or 2 up by half time.

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 14, 2009 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #2

    I would try Oba and Lovenkrands up front for the first half (they play great together). If that doesn’t work and Duff or Gutierrez is having a stinker I would then include Dukes and Owen to add more firepower.

  • chuck

    May 14, 2009 at 3:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Gotta laugh Ed.
    All of the team, every last one has his agenda and knows just the right thing to say to the media.
    Some with big contracts want to stay, why not !
    Others are up for contract renewal, etc.
    Do I pay attention, do most fans believe what they say, I`m talking about the badge kissers, it`s all bull***t and we know it.
    Sure they are up for staying in the PL, it`s where the money is and unfortunately thats what it`s all about, Dosh !

  • Toon Graeme

    May 14, 2009 at 3:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Chuck – all about the ” dosh” – probably right.

  • stevep

    May 14, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #5

    @chuck – you’re right is it about the dosh but I reckon the players do actually have some pride, they want to put on a good performance (which in turn increases thier chances of earning more dosh)
    Shearers done the right thing in showing that individual can only expect to play on merit – if you aren’t performing you’re dropped (which in turn decreases your chances of earning more dosh)

  • BT9MAG

    May 14, 2009 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #6

    stevep – exactly right, and on that alone I think McLoven should be offered a new contract – nothing too major, 3 years at a reasonable price (possibly even a play-for-pay contract)…

    Nolan has been fairly pedestrian since arriving, and as Bobby Robson said – I wonder what scouting actually went on before signing him or was it just ‘weh I know his name…he’s not bad’

    Either way, he’s got 2 games to change my mind and I’d be more than happy to eat my words!

  • Tom_Toon

    May 14, 2009 at 9:55 PM

    Comment #7

    Nolan played well on Monday but he was awful for in all of the other games he has played for us.


    May 15, 2009 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #8

    one good performance and nolan is a great lad to have at the club??

    come on ed


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