Chris Hughton has come out again today to sing the praises of a certain Kevin Nolan at Newcastle, and it’s not the first time.
Kevin Nolan – key player for Newcastle this season
Chris talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“What we have with Kevin is a very determined type of player who will not give up anything for you.”
“We are going to need that in the last 14 games.” “By his own high standards he did not have a good game against Swansea, but I was never thinking about giving him a breather.”
“Kevin Nolan is big enough and bold enough to take it.” “I never thought about dropping him. His battling ability is very important for us and a big part of the team. We will need him in the run-in.”
And Hughton thinks that Nolan had a distinct influence during our good workmanlike win against Preston on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle did well early on in the game against Preston, but then the Deepdale club came back into the game, and only some good saves from goalkeeper Steve Harper kept the clean sheet intact.
And then Kevin got his 12th goal of the season on 55 minutes, and was put through by returning captain Alan Smith.
“We had to fight for it against Preston.” “We could not have started any better.”
“In the early parts of the game we looked good in possession and had a lot of the ball.”
“We dropped a little bit but finished strongly, and that is vital at this stage of the season.”
Nolan and Smith are just two of the strong characters that have had such a powerful and positive impact on the Newcastle club this season, on and off the field.
Their job this season will be completed only when Newcastle capture one of those automatic promotion spots, which looks like it’s between WBA, Nottingham Forest and oursleves.
Then it’s onto next season in the Premier League!