Even though Kevin Nolan has been off form lately, it didn’t stop the Liverpudlian from adding to his goals tally for the season yesterday, when he notched his 12th goal of the season for the Magpies.
Kevin Nolan – 12th goal of the season
Seems like it’s shades of his early goal-scoring form at Bolton Wanderers, and he is still top scorer and two goals ahead of both Andy Carroll and Peter Lovenkrands.
And Chris Hughton was pleased with the performance of his Newcastle side:
“I was pleased at the way we came back and did not let our heads go down and created some chances.”
“Even when Kevin Nolan has not been playing well and stopped scoring goals, he has always worked hard for the team. He has been a big player for us this season.”
“But I have to say for a large chunk of this game it was a very tight affair.”
No doubt that Kevin has been huge for us this season, but we still think he deserves a rest for a game or two, so he can come back fresh for the final run-in.
Alan Smith took his chance back in the side, when he set up Peter Lovenkrands for the first goal after just 3 minutes.
Alan won the ball on the edge of the penalty area and put Lovenkrands through on the left.
Peter hit what looked like a cross to the uneducated, but the ball looped over goalkeeper Andy Lonergan and into the net.
We reported it was a shot from Peter and that he actually meant it – and we hear that Peter agreed with that view. 😀
It was Peter’s 10th goal of the season – and all of them are at St James’ Park interestingly, but he went off injured after 14 minutes with a hamstring strain, and we await the verdict on the injury.
Peter has been red-hot this year with 8 of his 10 goals, and he will be missed, there’s no doubt about that.
Newcastle added their second goal after 55 minutes through Kevin Nolan, and then added a 3rd goal in injury time.
And this time all 3 substitutes were involved in the goal, and it was eerily like Wednesday night’s goal in injury time.
Fabrice Pancrate crossed from the right, and Best mis-kicked the ball right in front of goal, but he will argue (rightly) that was just to set up Ryan Taylor, who slotted the ball home at the far post.
We of course believe Best – but thousands wouldn’t. 😀