The thing that really surprised us on Monday night, in our game at Old Trafford, was the massive gap in class between the two sides.
Kevin Nolan – we must learn from mistakes
The Red Devils attacked incessantly from the start, and it seemed like Newcastle had little to offer in return.
And then under the incessant pressure they found it difficult to keep the ball in midfield once they got it – with the result that our defense was under constant attack for almost the full game.
We played one of the best teams in the league and thankfully, they’ll not be as good as that every week, but the game this coming Sunday afternoon at home to Aston Villa also promises to be a tough game.
Kevin Nolan, the new Newcastle captain has come out today and said he expects the lads to bounce back from this disappointment.
Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan said today:
“We always bounced back last year.” “Of course, we’re talking different leagues but the strength of the team was that we always looked forward and never dwelled on a bad result so we’re not going to start doing that now.”
“Don’t get me wrong, there is a massive gap between the leagues but what happened last year was that we came together as a squad and a city and presented a united front.”
Nolan knows that the great spirit and confidence that grew last season in the Newcastle camp will be needed this season, and that drive and passion has to be maintained, even though we are bound to have some poor results this season, as we witnessed in our very first game.
“We can’t get too carried away with what happened last year and realise this is a new challenge.” “It is OK when you are winning every week as everything is hunky dory. All the players walk into work with a smile on their faces but now comes the time when we have to fight.”
“We will get a few tonkings in this league as everyone does – even the big teams have off-days – but it is how you bounce back that counts.” “We certainly won’t play a better team than United this year. There are 38 games and that is probably the toughest.”
“But we have got to learn from the silly mistakes we gifted them.” “It was always going to be difficult and we knew that before kick-off but for half an hour we played well and if Andy Carroll had put away his chance, it would have been a different game.”
“We went there with a game plan which didn’t work but we gave the ball away on the edge of our box for their first goal and their second was a bit iffy too.”
Newcastle made mistakes in defense, and that’s even understandable since they were under such formidable pressure.
But it’s also one thing that separates good teams from the also-rans, and the lads can learn some big lessons from the first game of the season.
There were also positives coming out of the game with Coloccini and Williamson looking good, and some other lads looked good, but Mike Williamson may just turn out to be one terrific buy for the club.
But we have to look for some improvement on Sunday afternoon – and the defense must tighten up – if we are to have any chance of putting the first points on the board.
After all, the very last thing we want this season is to start with is a string of defeats .