Kevin Nolan has been one of the real leaders on Tyneside this season, and has missed just one game this season – through suspension.
Kevin Nolan – epitomizes Newcastle Spirit
Kevin talked today about relegation last year and this season’s revival:
“I’ve said it before, but a lot of us had our pride stung by what happened last season,” “It hurt and there was a lot of emotion involved.”
“We wanted to put that right and that is what keeps us going still, we will never throw in the towel in games.”
“We knew it was going to be tough at Boro, Gordon Strachan has got them moving in the right direction and they play in his own image if you like.”
“They have his attributes and they really got stuck into us, but we’ve been used to that this season. They way we have adapted to cope with it has been fantastic.”
“We are a tough bunch and we have shown that sort of resilience all through the season, which is why we’re top of the league.
“We have such a determination not to get beat and we keep doing it so we have got to be doing something right. Even when we’re not at our best we come away with something. It was a good point as well with Forest losing.”
Nolan has almost never been out of the side this season, having appeared 38 times with 37 of them being as a starter.
But we thought Kevin looked a bit stale a few weeks back and thought he could be rested. It turns out Kevin has a bit of a heel problem, but he wants to keep playing this season, seemingly in every single remaining game.
“You won’t hear me asking for a rest. I want to play in every game between now and the end of the season.” “This league is tough and demanding, but I’m feeling pretty good.”
“I’ve had a bit of a problem with my heel the last few weeks, but hopefully I can get over that and go into the run in fully fit.”
“We’ve obviously got players coming back and it’s going to be a very interesting last 11 games. Joey Barton is coming back and he will want to get back into the side.”
“There is going to be even more competition for places and who knows, maybe I will get that rest. I want to be involved and I don’t want to miss out on anything.”
“The manager knows I haven’t been 100% fit these last few games, but he has asked me to do a job and I’m happy to do that.”
“I’ve missed one game through suspension and I want to be involved in every single one of the 11 that our left.”
Even though the lads are now 9 points clear of 3rd placed Nottingham Forest, after Forest lost last night, with 2 games in hand and a much better goal difference, most Newcastle fans are still a bit on tenterhooks, until that automatic promotion place is captured.
Let’s hope the lads can get all 3 points tonight against Scunthorpe, and it doesn’t mean anything that Scunthorpe are struggling and currently 3rd bottom of the Championship.
Every win is a win, whether it’s against Scunthorpe or WBA – it’s still 3 points.