Kevn Nolan has not finished scoring this season, and he hit an opportunist brace last night at the Medejski Stadium, to take his grand total to an amazing 18 goals for the season.
Kevin Nolan – has been great for Newcastle this season
That puts Kevin one goal ahead of 21 year-old Andy Carroll who has 17 goals and was on the bench until the 75th minute last night. And after scoring his first goal, Kevin ran to the Newcastle subs bench, and we think it was Andy Carroll he said something to.
We’re not sure, but anyway Kevin was laughing away, and his two goals were both just half-chances, if that.
The first one wasn’t even a real chance, but he hit it home with great skill and technique – this lad looks like a very good player.
Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“All the so-called experts gave us a bit of stick at the start of the season, so to win it would be great. Getting stick was one thing but we just wanted to get on with our job.
“The so-called experts are still knocking us and we haven’t even finished this season.” “But we’re not bothered by it.” “It’s about us and making sure we do the right things.”
“Hopefully this season we have proved a few doubters wrong.” “We can get 100 points. And if we win the Plymouth game we’re champions.”
“I know it’s a cliché but we just take it as it comes, we’re not letting up.” “It looks good, but it doesn’t do anything for next season. This is only the start of things, and hopefully I can be part of that as well.”
“But we just want to get our hands on the trophy now.” “We’re all coming together now and we’re taking it on for next season.” “This is hopefully a club that steadily climbs up again.”
“We’re a solid side away from home. We set our stall out and make sure we don’t get beaten.” “I think it proves that when you look at all the Ws on our sheet, and shows why we are where we are.
“We’re a bunch of lads who work well together and want to do well and we do create chances.”
Those are good words from Kevin, and we like his reference to the so-called experts – and we all know most of them haven’t got a real clue about football, but are just trying to stir things up – and that’s being kind to most of them.
And Kevin Nolan last night was so close to a hat-trick, when in the second half, his header came back off the bar, when it looked like he had scored yet again.
“We created a load of chances again at Reading.” “I should have scored more, and it was a bad miss when I hit the post, and Wayne Routledge should have done likewise with a one-on-one.”
“It was a good game for us and we were delighted with three points.” “We knew Reading were going to come at us and make it difficult – they haven’t lost at home since December.”
“But we know that when we get chances they’ll put them away.” “There are a lot of lads in good form and a lot of lads in the late teens in terms of goals.”
We’re really surprised how many chances Newcastle are creating these days, as we could have had more against Blackpool, and we got four in that game, and some chances were missed last night too.
And maybe the reason Chris Hughton wants a proven goalscorer is to ensure we have somebody next season who can put the easy chances into the back of that net.
The lads are on a terrific 6 game winning streak, and could make that 9 before the season is out.
“People were laughing at us when we clinched promotion after Forest and said we wanted to win all of our games.”
“We’re not a side that takes their foot off the pedal – that’s not us.” “This group of lads are determined and want to win the next three games.”
“That’s the target and we can be champions in the next game.” “It will be tough, be we’ll give it a right go.”
Kevin talked about the two goals last night, and the first was a terrific strike for the Liverpudlian, but it looks like he enjoyed the second goal more, which came on 43 minutes, from classic wing-play from the energetic Wayne Routledge out on the right wing.
“The second goal was a real delight for me, but I thought I had a third when I headed against the post.”
“I was about to celebrate.” “It just hit the post and rolled out – it was just one of those things.”
Well two goals is fine Kevin, and there’s still 3 games to go to reach that 20 goals target.
Kevin epitomizes the new strong spirit at Newcastle, and this lad has been terrific, both on and off the field this season.
He’s been more than great!