We had expected Kevin Nolan to have been appointed captain of Newcastle United by now, but he still has to be the red hot favorite to be given the captain’s armband, after last year’s terrific season at Newcastle, both on and off the field of play.
Kevin Nolan – so far so good
Newcastle suffered their first pre-season defeat on Saturday at Norwich City, and Nolan talked about the game with the Evening Chronicle today:
“The result’s not crucial, but losing always hurts, especially when we did so well last year, and we want to take the run and momentum into next season.”
“Norwich are a good side. They’ve come up as champions, and are full of confidence.” “They did really well, and they’re probably a week ahead of us. You’ve got to take all that into account.”
“We know what we have to do. We’re on track, and we’ve got a couple of games coming up, so I think you’ll start seeing a bit more shape.”
“It was like a working day for us. We had two tough days beforehand, and that wouldn’t have happened before any normal game.” “Hopefully, we’ve got what we needed out of it.”
“We’re in the games to win – we don’t want to lose – but, at the end of the day, it’s not a massive priority at this moment in time.”
“In the next couple of weeks we’re going to see more of a shape, and more of the 11-18 players who are going to be there or thereabouts going into the first game of the season.”
There are no real excuses for losing at Norwich, and we have to remember there were around 20 Newcastle players given a game, and that’s one of the main features of pre-season – although it’s always nice to win, we have to admit that.
“It’s hard. You play one half, and you come off, so you’re probably doing things you wouldn’t do in a normal league game.”
“You’re pressing when you shouldn’t, and you try to get more runs in and be a bit sharper. Sometimes you do the wrong things, as you’re trying to work harder.”
“In the coming weeks, when we’ve got to play for the full 90 minutes, your decisions all start to come together.” “We’re reasonably happy with the way things are going.” “Hopefully, we’ve come through with no injuries.”
“Unfortunately, we lost Steven Taylor last week at Carlisle, which is a massive blow to us. We lost Perch in training.”
“A lot of young lads have stepped in and done really well, and I’m pleased for them, but we’ve got to make sure we get on the training ground on Monday and that we’re ready to go.”
“Hopefully, we’ll be fitter and stronger than we were last year./
One thing we’d love to see this coming season is for Newcastle to be one of the fittest sides in the Premier League. We may not be the most skillful but there’s absolutely nothing stopping us from being the fittest, and be able to push games until the very last minute.
That’s a thing the great Kevin Keegan used to say – and it makes an awful lot of sense.
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