Nolan Wants The Title – Not Concerned Being Top Goal-Scorer

Kevin Nolan’s brilliant two goals on Tuesday night put him at the top of Newcastle’s goal-scoring charts, and probably unnecessarily put pressure on some of  our strikers, like Carroll and Lovenkrands.

Kevin Nolan – top of the charts with 18 goals

This is what Kevin Nolan told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon, when asked whether he wanted to be top goal-scorer at the club:

“To be quite honest, I haven’t been too bothered about being top scorer, just getting goals that matter.”

“I think Andy and Peter want to be to be top scorer more than I do. But it’s a massive thing and I’m delighted just to score goals.”

“That’s what I set out to do at the start of the season.”

Nolan’s goals return of 18 this season is terrific  for a central midfielder, but of course Joey scored goals at Bolton Wanderers on a fairly regular basis too.

Although looking at Kevin’s goals tally at Bolton, which was  50 goals in 345 appearances – it looks like Kevin has done a lot better at Newcastle, albeit in England’s second division this season.

But it also shows to us that Chris Hughton is a good coach, and recognised things in Kevin’s play, and allowed him to play as second striker.

That was especially away from home this season, when the lads usually played a 4-5-1 formation, with Kevin playing just behind the lone striker, and we were still able to score the goals, even away from home.

We got two good goals from Kevin last Tuesday night, and he played just behind lone striker Shola Ameobi up front.

And of course, England’s Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard score lots of goals, and that’s what sets them apart from other English central midfielders, and it’s something our own Danny Guthrie has talked about doing, to improve his game.

Kevin, as would have expected is not too bothered about being top of goal-scoring charts at Newcastle, but is more worried about the team and getting promoted and winning the title:

“It’s massive to us to win the title. If you saw those fans at Reading, all 4,000 of them, they deserve that.”

“It just shows that we have to put in the right amount of determination to make sure they get what they want.”

“They’ve had a lot of disappointment in recent years, but this season has been a massive turnaround for us.”

As we’ve said before, a player with the guts, spirit and ability of  Kevin Nolan – was born to play at a club like Newcastle, and he made the exact right move 15 months ago.

Kevin didn’t settle immediately and was only so-so last season, as he needed some time to get used to playing at Newcastle, and surely Kevin is the captain in waiting for next season, or are we missing something?

And for those fans who are now after Leon Best, let’s give the 23 year-old a lot more time to bloom on Tyneside.

Look how Kevin and Jose Enrique have come through after only so–so starts at the club.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • The-Ciaran8

    Apr 15, 2010 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #1

    I Bet well Get 102 Points


    Apr 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #2

    This is my first post on NUFCBLOG. I have read this blog through our ups and downs as a team, and i must admit the recent articles have been shocking. Never have i wasted so much time reading such nonsense…Please Ed, restore this blog to the greatness it deserves!

  • Jamesthefirst

    Apr 15, 2010 at 6:17 PM

    Comment #3

    When Fat Sam was here he wanted to buy Nolan in the Jan transfer window and the fans went up in arms about it, saying we should go for Carrick and Veloso and Bentley.

    Now we are lucky to have Nolan….how times have changed.

    And Fat Sam was sacked for trying to sign Nolan…

    I don’t like Fat Sam at all, but he was right about Enrique and he was right about Nolan.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 6:23 PM

    Comment #4

    i just hope west ham go down and we go get scott parker back i think we are still yet to fill the gap he left behind

  • Bosck

    Apr 15, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #5

    where’d the paisley thread go?

  • tdt

    Apr 15, 2010 at 7:53 PM

    Comment #6

    any1 know the fa youth cup semi-final 2nd leg score was tonight?

  • gibbotwg

    Apr 15, 2010 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #7

    tdt the game is tomorrow.

  • tdt

    Apr 15, 2010 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #8

    …is it?? lol

  • Turkish Magpie

    Apr 15, 2010 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #9

    tdt- tomoro

  • nightfa11

    Apr 15, 2010 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #10

    Jamesthefirst – And Fat Sam was sacked for trying to sign Nolan 😀 is this a joke? 😀 FS was sucked cos of everything else..the guy’s incompetent.

  • chuck

    Apr 16, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #11

    Not concerned about being top goal scorer !
    Yeah right! if you believe that i`ve a badge for you to kiss !


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