Smith And Coloccini Can Steady The Newcastle Ship

Kevin Nolan, who was captain on Tuesday night, in one of Newcastle’s worst displays of the season, has come out today and talked to the Newcastle Journal.

Kevin Nolan – it was just one game

Kevin still seems confident that Newcastle can back on track in the promotion race:

“All good things come to an end, obviously,”  “From now until the end of the season, we have to stick together and do whatever it takes to get us back into the Premier League.”

“It was a very disappointed dressing room after the game, especially as there was such a high on Friday night after the performance and result against Cardiff.”

“We talked about it before the game, but we knew there was going to be a low before the end of the season and the Derby game was it.”

“Hopefully we are not going to have too many more.” “We’ve got to make sure we respond to it, that’s what has been said as a group. We need a reaction, we want a reaction and that is what we intend to give against Swansea on Saturday.”

“The good thing about this league is you don’t have to wait long to get it out of your system, we’ve got three days to make sure we do the job we should do away from home.”

One thing that has been brought out since the defeat at Derby is that Newcastle’s away form is less than good.

The last time we won an away league game was at Coventry on 9th December when we won 2-0. Since then we’ve drawn games at Barnsley, Sheffield Wednesday and Leicester City, and then lost at Derby on Tuesday night.

We also could only draw at Plymouth in the 3rd round of the FA Cup in early January.

Kevin continued:

“We’ve taken it on the chin and people have had their say, that’s the way it’s been all season.”

“It’s how we react to it because we were sorry for the fans who travelled on Tuesday night because the performance wasn’t good enough from start to finish.”

“We can make excuses about the referee, but we weren’t good enough. We were great on Friday and we were bad on Tuesday, but come Saturday we’re going to make sure we our much improved. That’s for sure.”

“We aren’t really aware of the away form, it’s only when it’s pointed out to you that you look at it. We’re not worried about it, but we do know we need to start winning games away from home.”

“I said after the Cardiff game this is only one result, we’re not going to win every game 5-1 and this is what has happened so obviously it’s very frustrating that we didn’t listen to the warnings we gave ourselves.”

It’s true that it’s just one game, but Newcastle’s form these last few games has been up and down – and that’s putting it mildly.

We have to hope the return of stalwarts to the side – Fabricio Coloccini and captain Alan Smith, will steady the Newcastle ship – and it wouldn’t be the first time this season this pair had come back and we got a good result.

We have to hope they steady the ship at Swansea on Saturday, which has an early KO at 12:45pm.

Comments welcome.

1 comment so far

  • MacToon

    Feb 11, 2010 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #1

    Smith hasn’t played that well recently, hopefully his break has helped him.

    Both full backs and Best didn’t have the best of games but they are pretty new to the squad.

    Hughton seems so slow to react to the game and predictably reacts on the 1 hour mark. It seemed to me half time would have been a better time to make a change or two and maybe reinforce midfield could have been the right option then.

    We had no luck, some of the referee’s decisions were bad but so were we.


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