Championship More Important Than Any Cups This Season


Kevin Nolan rightly beleives the number one priority for Newcastle this season has to the Championship and getting an automatic promotion – not one via the playoffs – it would be trying on the old nerves.

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A delighted Kevin Nolan after scoring Saturday

And Kevin talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:

“At this moment in time, although we want a good cup run, the actual fact is the main priority is the league, and making sure we’re up there.”

“We want to try and get back into the Premier League as quickly as possible. The cup’s got to take a back seat.”

But Kevin also knows that if the lads can progress tonight we could get a top Premier League side either at St James’s Park or away. AZnd that will give the lads a chance to measure up against Premier league opposition.

Kevin continued:

“If we do manage to get through, that will be fantastic, as hopefully we’ll have four or five players in by the next round.” “That would be great but we’ll see what happens.”

“We all want to play in every game, but what we’ve got to be careful of is that we’ve got a small squad.” “I want to play – don’t get me wrong.”

“I think all the lads will be, but we’ve got to be careful, as a lot of the lads are playing a lot of games, and you’ve got to be very careful with a small squad with suspensions, injuries and things like that.”

Those are good words from Kevin, because as our players are forced to play too many games, becasue of the small squad,  that’s when you get the injuries and it will not take many of them for our current sqaud to be stretched to the limit quite quickly.

It was great to see Kevin score his first goal for the clubon Saturday, and maybe this season he’ll come into his own, along with fellow January signing, fellow maiden goal scorer on Saturday,  and fellow Liverpudlian –  Ryan Taylor.

Ryan seems to get criticized a lot by some of our readers, but we think he’s a much better player than he’s shown so far, and that goal on Saturday was just awsome.

Comments welcome.



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149 comments so far

  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #1

    1stfor cooldj

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #2

    batty 8)

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  • Bill F

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes and no Ed please refer to earlier comments by me on previous threads today.

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Dont forget the effort he put in to get that ball back for strollers 2nd goal against reading.
    Good to see some +ve attitudes coming from the players.
    KEEP IT UP!

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #5

    Lew Davies // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:31 PM

    batty
    <<well y did say u were packin it in lol we must be bored

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  • DJG

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #6

    Play the kids tonight. Play the senior players on monday and then 2 weeks break with some new faces in. Whats the problem.

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  • HalftimeBovril

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    See the Portsmouth take over has finally gone through. Maybe just Maybe we’ll be next then

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #8

    nah, I’m excited. its matchday, I’ve got me new strip on and I’ve already had a couple of tinnys. Day off today aswell.
    Back to work the morra though. 04:00 Booo!

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  • lesh

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #9

    6 DJG // Aug 26, 2009 at 2:38 PM

    Play the kids tonight. Play the senior players on monday and then 2 weeks break with some new faces in. Whats the problem.

    What’s the problem? What’s the problem? 6DGJ… are you the voice of Ashley?

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #10

    team for tonight I reckon is..

    Krul
    Simpson Coloccini Tozer Kadar
    Butt
    Lua Lua Gutierrez
    Donaldson
    Xisco Ranger

    Harper, Lough, R.Taylor, Ameobi, Vuckic, Nolan, Guthrie

    2-1 to Newcastle….crowd of about 12,000

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  • Champaz

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    possible link for match (although it buffered for about half an hour last match and still nothing its got to be worth a try so get on early)
    http://www.rajangan.net/

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #12

    Lesh – I think you missed a few ‘f’s out
    ie. whats the f-ing problem
    a kna what ya mean tho

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #13

    On a serious note, what does anyone think about the Wet Spam/millwall trouble last night?

    Do you think the clubs will be in trouble, ie thrown out of the prem? docked points? fined etc.

    Thought all those bad old days were well gone.
    BLOODY COCKNEY SCUM!

    I think the FA are going to be under pressure to take some strong action by the government.

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  • Rodzilla

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #14

    Ed, Ryan Taylor only used to get criticised by your readers when he was playing at Right Back. He’s not a defender and will always make stupid errors when placed there. I think he’s alreet on the wing, and can shoot with both feet. Watch those crosses fllllyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy in!

    TOON TOON!

    (Batty, how dare you flippantly assume all rights to coolness from our great one – all hail cooldj!)

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  • Toon_Factor

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #15

    _________________Krul_____________

    Simpson_____Coloccini___Kadar____Tozer

    Geremi_______Guthrie___Butt_____Lualua

    ___________Ranger___Xisco__________

    thud and blunder- I heard somewhere that over 20,000 tickets were already sold.

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #16

    West Ham won’t be thrown out of the Prem lew! haha. If I was the FA, i’d say to them; “You both will never compete in the cup again, or be drawn together until your crowds stop copying off Green Street and living in the past”.

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #17

    Toon_Factor // Aug 26, 2009 at 3:27 PM

    _________________Krul_____________

    Simpson_____Coloccini___Kadar____Tozer

    Geremi_______Guthrie___Butt_____Lualua

    ___________Ranger___Xisco__________

    Didnt know you were playing left back tonight?

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #18

    Rod, when I think of R. Taylor and Geremi, I can’t help but see 2 players alike (apart from height and skin colour of course). 2 players who can’t beat a man on the wing, can’t take a consistently decent set piece, have shocking blunders in defence… But will produce 1 good cross a game which will warrant them a place in the team next week.

    Wish we had Solano still 🙁

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #19

    The FA

    will do nothing to either club, the culprits will be banned by the clubs and thats.

    It was a proper Laaaaaaaaaaaandaaaaan Daaaaaaarby 😉

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  • AndyNUFC

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #20

    RyanToon, i’d put Geremi right back (to rest Simpson) and put Donaldson on the wing. He’s been in good form for… Was it Hereford? Anyway he’s been doing well.

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  • tino97

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Comment #21

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/default.stm

    Seems like the BBC are showing the match live on the website. Why don’t they put it on the box?

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:36 PM

    Comment #22

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hi0MG0c8nCg

    Video from the Millwall end when they score! av it 😉

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:52 PM

    Comment #23

    haha nice clip Ryantoon!!!!

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #25

    No more updates yet- hope for some later on tonight.

    What i will say, is that the bid is as far down the line as Moat’s if not further as proof of funds has already been provided. Don’t rule Moat out yet though, this could be the incentive he needs to speed up his own process.

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 3:57 PM

    Comment #26

    Takeovernews

    aye 😉

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #27

    RyanToon

    No insults this time?

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #28

    Ha Ha!!
    Takeover – you dont know nowt mate. Dont start trying to make things up just to big yourself up. OK so you got the news early this am, well done, now just leave it at that.
    Unless you have some breaking news. Which of course you dont.
    I Thankyou.

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #29

    Lew Davies

    Fine then mate i will leave it, no more from me.

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  • TakeoverNews

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:03 PM

    Comment #30

    Lew Davies

    Also by you saying I don’t know nowt, you are saying I know something, so i thank you for your support.

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #31

    GOODBYE 8)

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  • Oba

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #32

    Don’t care about the Carling Cup, absolutely pointless.

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  • thud and blunder

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:05 PM

    Comment #33

    tino97…mate its not on live online…it says that on every game in the carling cup tonight, it means its LIVE text coverage….

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #34

    Is there anyone reading who could broadcast the game on u U Stream ?
    According to Tino97 it will be shown live on bbc iplayer.
    That would be perfect for overseas fans unable to receive the match because of ‘restrictions’
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/teams/n/newcastle_united/default.stm

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  • Hugh Jorgan

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #35

    Ok then, if it’s only the text coverage how about broadcasting radio newcastle on U Stream ?

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  • RyanToon

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #36

    takeovernews

    why would or should i believe you?

    do one, mug

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #37

    TakeoverNews // oh no dont go tell us plz

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  • Lew Davies

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #38

    sorry out of my depth all that stuff.

    But I can make smiley faces 🙂

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #39

    TakeoverNews // plz dont go

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  • batty

    Aug 26, 2009 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #40

    dont go ohhhhhh

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