Kevin Nolan May Still Be Rested Tonight


We may have been leading the league for most of the season, but we are hardly the best looking side in the Championship.

Kevin Nolan – may still be rested tonight

There are least three sides that play much more an attacking style of football than do Newcastle.

Nottingham Forest, West Brom and Swansea are three sides who love to attack and move forward and have the players that allow them to do that.

So does the Newcastle squad, but far too often this season, Newcastle have defended too much, and killed games off by ensuring the other side doesn’t score, rather than going for more goals.

It’s a philosophy and Chris Hughton seems to err on the side of caution most of the time.

Of course that has got us 60 points in 30 games, so we cannot complain too much, but it would be good to play more attacking football,  which is good on the eye, and what Newcastle fans love to see.

Saturday’s performance was one of the worst this season, albeit against a good side and it was away from home.

Newcastle did make some decent signings in January and now must have the best squad in the Championship, if not the best team in any one game.

This is what Chris Hughton said today about attacking more:

“There are some games where you don’t think it will be appropriate. If you don’t it tends to be a different type of game,”

“It doesn’t mean it will be any less attractive or the passing worse, just that it becomes a different game.”

“If you play a Peter Løvenkrands or an Andy Carroll it is different – you have different players for different games.”

We expect at least three players to be drafted inot the starting line-up tonight – Jonas Gutiérrez, Leon Best and Mike Williamson, and we would hope that Kevin Nolan gets a rest, but from what Chris Hughton said yesterday – that may not happen.

Chris talked about keeping the starting eleven fresh in such a hectic season:

“We are playing teams with the same problems and they are having to play the same players,”  “It’s about getting the balance between continuity and freshening things up.”

What’s wrong with giving Kevin a complete rest tonight?

Chris has already done that with players like Butt and Smith this season, and even though he doesn’t admit it – he may still leave Nolan out of the starting eleven tonight, and start Guthrie and Smith in central midfield.

For the long term good of the team we hope he does just that, and ZKevin will come back a lot stronger.

After all we still have 16 games left to play.

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4 comments so far

  • Captain Beefheart

    Feb 17, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #1

    No, Ed, correction, our defensive game has brought us 11 points in 8 games, a return of barely 1.4 per game. As I said in a previous post if we repeat this form over the next 16 games we will reap a mere 22 points and (on the basis of last season’s table) miss out on an automatic place on goal difference.

    We need 2.2 points per game from now on – or be prepared to bite off yer nails in the playoffs watching a team that has forgotten how to win.

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  • whizzkid1892

    Feb 17, 2010 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed, swansea may seem like they play attractive attacking football but along with plymouth they are the lowest scorers in the championship.
    Captain, if our current rate of 1.4 pts per game wud mean us missing out automatic promotion on GD then surely it would only take 1.5 pts per game to ensure automatic promotion NOT the 2.2 points per game that you state.

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  • lesh

    Feb 17, 2010 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #3

    C’mon Captain, can’t you see a cunning plan here?

    Hughton’s conning Coventry into gearing up for an barrage but, fear not, we’ll play the usual tight defensive gane and sneak a late goal to get us three points!

    That’s better than 2.44…. yes?

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  • jamesb

    Feb 17, 2010 at 12:42 PM

    Comment #4

    Its taken me almost a week to calm down from that inept unmotivated garbage that was served up against swansea,non more so than the con man NOLAN.His performance was one of the worst i have ever seen from a newcastle player in fifty years.Is everybody blind to this MUG.His first half was bad enough,but he came out of the tunnel joking and playing piggy backs with Andy Carroll.Was anybody bollocked from a manager who earlier in the week promised a performance to the long suffering away support.Second half he got worse,he should,nt be allowed to cut the pitch never mind play for us again.

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