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.
“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!!