Kevin Nolan is one of the leaders at Newcastle this season, and he has talked today about the team spirit in the squad, which has had a major role in the Newcastle success so far this season.
Kevin Nolan – responsible for much improved team spirit
Kevin has talked a lot about when he first came to Newcastle 13 months ago, and how the team spirit existing then at the club was nowhere near what it had been at Bolton Wanderers.
It appears that over the summer, Kevin and other players such as Alan Smith, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor and others got together and started to work on bringing the lads closer together, and it’s worked out just fine.
Manager Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood also have to be given credit for the enhanced team spirit the lads have shown this season.
Kevin talked today about the team spirit:
“It’s obviously a different kettle of fish because this is the Championship and that was the Premier League but we’ve probably got better characters, better team spirit, better togetherness than this club has had for a few years now.”
“I think that’s what you see,” “When we’re not playing well, when the chips are down, we stick together and grind out results. We’ve managed to do that and we’re where we want to be.”
“We were absolutely delighted to go top of the league again on Saturday and it meant we could have a nice flight home afterwards to think about the game, the wrongs we did, and hopefully put them right against Coventry.”
“We’re not worried about our away form, I’m certainly not. There’s a lot of people outside the club making issues about it, but if we can continue to do what we’re doing at home we know we can grind results out, like we did against a very good Swansea side.”
“If we can get results like that from now until the end of the season, we know it will change for us.”
“We’re absolutely delighted to be where we are. We know it’s not finished, we know we’ve got 16 games still to play, but we’re going to fight for every point and hopefully come the last day of the season, we’ll be sitting pretty at the top.”
“We’re not worried about anyone else around us, we’re just concerned with what we do. At the end of the day we’re here to do a job and hopefully we’re doing it the right way.”
Given the choice between the lads winning by grinding out results and not being successful – and playing an attacking style of football – we’ll take being successful any day.
There’s always the possibility that Newcastle can start to attack more, given they get a good string of results and the confidence rises.
And of course we were outplayed at Swansea but still came away with a point, and it was a valuable point too.
“We absolutely robbed the point at Swansea to be fair,” “We proved we’ve got a bit of grit and a bit of determination. When it’s not going our way we’ve got to stick at it. The only thing Swansea didn’t do is finish it off and they were punished for it.”
“People say if you want to win promotion you’ve got to grind out results and that’s what we’ve done.”
Whether we play well tonight or not the main thing is to get all 3 points.
If we are indeed to be promoted this season, we have to be able to beat teams like Coventry, currently in 11th place, and Preston, currently in 14th place, at home.