Hughton Defends Kevin Nolan’s Recent Form

We suggested yesterday that maybe it was time for Kevin Nolan to have a rest tomorrow night, since he’s looked a little jaded in his last few games.

Kevin Nolan – Hughton defends player

And today Chris Hughton has come out and defended Nolan’s form and play, even on Saturday, and has reiterated that Kevin is an important player at Newcastle, which we don’t doubt.

This is what Chris told the Newcastle Journal this morning regarding Kevin:

“It wasn’t one of his better games, but the stats show he did as much running as he normally does,”

“His physical contribution was no different but as with every player, there are ups and downs in form.”

“Kevin Nolan is very capable of turning his next game into one of his better ones.”  “ He’s been a big, big player for us.” “Apart from his actual contribution to the team has scored a lot of goals.”

“I have other options and you have to have that. But have I thought about resting Kevin? The answer is no because he’s a big player and valuable player.”

“We do have competition for places, he’s the same as everybody. Nicky Butt will be back soon, Joey Barton will be a bit longer and falls into that category of players I can pick from so we do have options – but resting Kevin (pictured above) hasn’t been a thought.”

“He is very much part of the squad and falls into the same selections process as everyone.”

Saying that Kevin covered as much ground as he usually does in a game tells us very little.

It’s how you play that’s important, not how far you run in game, so that’s a dicey statistic to use.

And we agree completely that Kevin is a vital player for Newcastle in the run-in and has been one of the successes at Newcastle this season.

All we are saying is he needs a rest, and suggest that tomorrow night would be a good time to do that.

Isn’t that why clubs have squads, so players can be rested when they look a little jaded or when they just lose some of their form?

Every player needs a rest these days, and gone are the days when a player plays every single game, week in and week out.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Charlietoon

    Feb 16, 2010 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #1

    oh joy well have butt back soon…..

  • cicero

    Feb 16, 2010 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #2

    This is exactly the reason I have doubts over Chris Hughton’s ability as a manager. Everyone says what a great job Chris has done, but realistically with the squad of players we have we should be running away with this league. The game against Swansea was crying out for a tactical change after the first half hour where we were passed off the park. Come on Chris get a grip – Nolan best in a 4-4-1-1 formation behind a front man, Guthrie can’t play on the wings but is our most effective central midfielder at the moment.

  • cicero

    Feb 16, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    My team for tomorrow night.

    Simpson, Williamson, Colo, Van-the-Man
    Routledge, Gutherie, Spiderman
    Carol, Lovin

  • Lynxie

    Feb 16, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #4

    The reason why Nolan had to run as much, was because his first touch was absolute sh*te, and his passing was awful. Good players dont have to run all over the park like a headless chicken. Anyone ever see platini tear arsing around? No, me meither. Poor excuse Mr Hughton, pull the other on and in the words of Mr T: get some nuts.

  • cicero

    Feb 16, 2010 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #5

    My team with everyone fit:

    S. Taylor, Williamson, Colo, Enrique
    Routledge, Gutherie, Barton, Spiderman
    Carol, Lovin

  • Darling27

    Feb 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Comment #6

    Line Up Vs Coventry City

    Van Aanholt


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