Players To Blame For Saturday’s Debacle – Nolan

Kevin Nolan has urged Mike Ashley to provide the necessary financial backing to caretaker manager Chris Hughton.

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Kevin Nolan – all players responsible for Saturday

With a rare but common-sense statement from Ashley yesterday in the Sunday Times, he has dropped the price of the club to £80M, but he wants all of that up front, and that’s not unreasonable, but it looks like Barry Moat just doesn’t have enough money to buy the club.

Mike is expected to take the club off the market in a week or two if no valid bids come in, and he has even intimated he may dip into his own pocket to support Chris in the January transfer market.

But whether he will do that is an open question of course, and it may be just wishful thinking on our part.

Kevin Nolan said today:

“We need to strengthen. We’ve been saying this for a long, long time and it seems to have fallen on deaf ears. We need to strengthen the squad if we are going to give ourselves the best chance of going up.”

“Chris Hughton needs the right backing, that’s been proved against Forest. We’ve lost Steven Taylor and Fabricio Coloccini and we’re having to play a right-back (Danny Simpson) at centre-half."

“It’s a paper-thin squad and a couple of injuries kill us. It can’t be allowed to happen and it is frustrating to have to keep saying it.”

“We want to get back to where we belong and I hope we are backed to do that. We weren’t good enough against Forest, but we are not getting the help we deserve.”

“A lot has been made of the togetherness we have. We’ve got a great set of lads and potentially one of the best, albeit small, squads in the division. We have to put this right because the performance wasn’t good enough.”

“All we can do is try to show our character again. The lads are hurting really bad and I don’t think there is any doubt we will get a reaction against Scunthorpe."

“Hopefully that reaction will mean we get the right performance and the right result.”

Nolan has insisted very single player has to bear the responsibility as Newcastle  slipped to their second league defeat of the season, with just an awful display.

And that includes Kevin who was nowhere to be seen in that terrible first 45 minutes.

Nolan continued:

“It’s difficult to explain why things were so poor, but when it comes to naming names I think we could point the finger at every single player in our dressing room.”

“The fact is we’re not going to come to grounds and get it easy. We’ve got to get used to that. I’m not happy at all. I don’t think anyone is.”

“We’ve got a game on Tuesday at Scunthorpe and it will be the same again. We’ve got to put it right there. We expect a reaction, that’s for sure."

“If we don’t get the right reaction, it’s going to be ugly. It’s not going to be a nice dressing room to come back into because we set high standards for ourselves.”

It’s hard to know why a team plays as badly as Newcastle did on Saturday, but they’re a bunch of people and for whatever reason some nights they are not going to do well.

But that’s not the point, the point is that during those games, and in games that follow, the lads have to get the ship back on track.

They recovered quite well in the second half on Saturday and with a little luck could have won a point, but we cannot put ourselves at such a disadvantage by not turning up until after half time.

It’s OK to have one ot two bad nights, that happens to all sides, but we have to snap right back after a poor display and that’s what we must do tomorrow night.

Whether we can do that is another question of course.

6 comments so far

  • spiderpig

    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #1

    they beat their selves in the build up saying what a tough game it was going to be.that coupled with about 3 players playing out of position sums it up.we will win on tues because they are making the right noises about a reaction and playing well.this team are the best in the league and its theirs to lose

  • toonsy

    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #2

    spiderpig – The players made the right noises last season, they just consistently failed to back it up with a performance!

    I really do wish they would just keep their gobs shut, say nothing and produce when it matters as this is becoming a pattern very similar to last season!

  • Bigbadbob

    Oct 19, 2009 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #3

    toonsy – agree, its easy to talk a good fight but Nolan has a point about transfer cash, the seasons good start is about to be undone for the sake of a few quid and its criminal.

  • Mimo

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Newcastle’s wage bill is currently over 40 million as opposed to the championship average of around 10 million. When are the players going to earn these wages and stop looking for excuses. As toonsy says they are always making the right noises but continue to disappoint anyway. Last season players talking big but consistently failing to deliver drove me to the edge. They should shut up and earn their huge wages. The Forest lads were just that, young, big, commited lads but they deserved their victory. Houghton also needs to take some of the blame himself. His forward pairing of Carrol and Harewood did not work together and in the second half there was a real lack of guile up front. Why did Houghton wait until the 80th min to make a change? In my opinion he dithers and is under the thumb of the senior players.

  • Trent Toon

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #5

    That was a very disappointing game. I think the midflield lacked anylife or creativity. It was a huge disapointment. The strikers seemed lethargic and the defence out of position. Some poor descsions down the wing. Lovenkrands played poorly to many early balls. Nottingham seemed to be pushing forward with blackstock, with our strikers holding the ball up to no one in support. pretty much we had a toothless attack, like last season, no one could seem to get things moving and getting really decent chances. Newcastle is starting to be known to have really toothless strikers and a real boring team to watch. We need to bring back the glory days and be called the entertainers. We need to get someone young and flairy..

    Any Suggestions to what players?

  • premier

    Oct 19, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #6

    Prima donna players still have to come up against heavy, rutted fizzy pop pitches which will show if they have guts for a battle!!


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