Kevin Nolan is again trying to rally both the Newcastle players and the fans for the big game against Aston Villa tomorrow, in our first home game of the season at the famous St. James’ Park.
Kevin Nolan – rallying the troops today
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
“This year we are going to be one of the underdogs so we need to make sure we stay together as a team and a squad.” “Hopefully with the fans with us we can achieve what they want us to achieve.”
“We are disappointed in some respects, but you have to pat Manchester United on the back and say they are a fantastic side.” “They are basically what we were to the Championship last season.”
“There are many positives to take out of the Manchester United match.” “We all know we were beaten soundly by a team which will win a lot more matches.” “We probably will not play a team as good as them again this year.”
“However, we have to make sure we conduct ourselves the way we did throughout the season.” “If we do that, we will win more games than we lose.” “Nobody will have the quality they have, but there were still a lot of positives for us.” “We have to work on the positives and make them better.”
“The sloppy mistakes we have made, we have to eradicate them pretty quickly.” “We are in the Premier League. You are punished for mistakes and will only have two or three chances to score at the other end in most games.”
Those are good and appropriate words from Kevin the captain, and it’s so true the lads have to stick together and realize they are in a much tougher league this season.
The one thing that showed up as a Newcastle weakness on Monday night was the defensive play, and we will need to tighten up big time in that department, if we are to get points out of our first home game of the season.
Hopefully Chris has been through the films of Monday night’s game with the lads, and they will have learned things from those mistakes, which are heavily punished in the Premier League.
If the lads don’t learn rather quickly this season, then history unfortunately will repeat itself, and we’ll let in even more sloppy goals.
Let’s hope there’s none of them tomorrow afternoon.