Hughton In Praise Of Our Liverpudlian Geordies

Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has today praised the performances of our two Liverpudlians, both signed 13 months ago – Kevin Nolan and Ryan Taylor.

Ryan Taylor – scored his 4th goal of the season Saturday

And talking first about one of the leaders at the club, Kevin Nolan, Hughton said today:

“He’s played more games than anyone.” “He’s a big player for us on and off the pitch.”

“One thing with Kevin was that you knew again at some stage he was going to score again.”

“We just hope he doesn’t go again as long without scoring.”

And Hughton has also been pleased with the substitute appearances of Ryan Taylor, who for the second game running scored in added time.

If you want to impress the manager, there’s nothing like scoring when you are brought on as a sub.

And of course both goals were set up by another of our substitutes – Frenchman Fabrice Pancrate – who in both cases did the classic right win run and cross to set up both of Ryan’s goals.

Chris talked about Ryan Taylor today:

“It was the first thing I thought as soon as he knocked it in – it was the same combination.”

“It’s always nice when two players come on and make a contribution to a win.”

“Ryan has played such a big part of the season.” “At the moment, for whatever reason, he’s found himself not in the team, but he’s a big player for us.”

“He’s probably out of the side through no fault of his own.” “Danny Simpson’s done well at right-back, and Wayne Routledge has come in, but Ryan’s a really valuable player.”

“It’s just unfortunate he’s going through a period where he hasn’t played the amount of games he would have liked.”

But both Ryan and Fabrice have done their jobs for the side when they have been brought on – and you cannot ask more than that – after all this is a team game played these days with a squad of players.

Fabrice will be hoping to impress during the run-in so that he gets another contract in June, and right now it has to be touch and go for him, but we know he just loves it at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

4 comments so far

  • G

    Feb 22, 2010 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #1

    Still not that certain about Panacrate, but I think RTaylors versatility, and Nolan’s goals will stand us in good stead for the future, despite those shouts to drop Nolan. Although I agree that he may need the occasional rest, I still think his reading of the game and his ability to score have got us out of jail on too many occasions this season to justify leaving him out of the team.

  • MacToon

    Feb 22, 2010 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #2

    Our most consistent midfielder G, looked like he needed a break but would definately be missed.
    Will be interesting to see our mf when Barton’s fit, Routledge and Jonas either side of ……….?
    Guthrie’s definately done a better job in his prefered centre mf position too.

  • G

    Feb 22, 2010 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3

    It’s hard to argue with that MacToon, but I keep looking at the stats, and we are mid-table without Nolan’s goals this season. I would rather have a selection headache though, after all, it’s the nicest problem to have in football who to play.

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 22, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #4

    Pancrate`s skill was great leading up to the goal on saturday so he has the skill although the defence were tired at the time.
    Not sure about him but with a run in the team instead of putting Danny there maybe his fitness would improve too.
    Good utility player.


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