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.
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.
“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.