Kevin Nolan has come out today in the Evening Chronicle and said that whoever plays tomorrow in the 4th round of the FA Cup at The Hawthorns we’ll have a team fielded that can win the tie.
This is the real Kevin Nolan 😀
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
“The lads want to play – it doesn’t matter if it’s the cup or the league. All the lads want to be playing on a Saturday.”
“It’s definitely up to Chris Hughton who does and who doesn’t. He’s been fantastic with me over the last week.”
“The only reason I didn’t travel to Plymouth was because the wife was due, and we’ve now had a baby son.”
“I think he’ll be taking the strongest side down, and maybe put a few lads in who haven’t played much this season, but who knows?”
“He’s the gaffer, and we’ll listen to what he wants to do.”
Certainly the game last Monday night at St. James’ Park was just an excellent advertisement for the Championship with two of the top teams in the league attacking each other at every single opportunity.
We really thought that on the night if any team should have won, then WBA were probably that team, although both sides played so aggressively and with such courage, it would have been a pity if either team had lost – unless that team was WBA, of course. 😀
Kevin is expecting a similar kind of game tomorrow afternoon at the Hawthorns, as he continued:
“It’ll be a great tie, and fantastic for the FA Cup.”
“Monday’s game was fantastic for the Championship, though the result was probably better for everyone else.”
“It was a good game – the two sides were going for it – and it wasn’t a chess game. It could have been 5-5.”
With Manchester United and Liverpool already out of this year’s competition, maybe there is a chance that Newcastle can do well this year, for a change, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow, and not get too far ahead of ourselves.
And Nolan believes there will be even more shocks tomorrow, as the FA Cup always seems to dish up the surprises every single year, which is why it such a great and very famous competition.
“It’s a big game, and a big ask.” “We’ve got a lot of games coming up.”
“Obviously, Chris will decide what he wants to do, and whether he wants to go for the cup.”
“He and Colin have run it perfectly this year, and they’ll do what’s right for the football club.”
A win tomorrow would be great, a defeat wouldn’t be a killer, since we should be concentrating on getting promoted, but a draw is maybe the last result we want.
Captain Smith having a word with manager Hughton today
The Newcastle side already have 7 games to play in February, without any FA Cup games.
But success has its own problems, and we hope we can pot up a great show tomorrow afternoon and win the game, but then be extra ready to beat Crystal Palace on Wednesday night.
Its 3 draws on the trot in the league, and that’s not going to be good enough this season – wins are what we need to take us up at our first attempt.
Howay The Lads!!