We Must Cut Out Sloppy Mistakes – Kevin Nolan


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.

Comments welcome.


297 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:27 PM

    Comment #1

    It was playing the ball out of defence where we were terrible, hoofing the ball straight back to the opposition……. bad play indeed.

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  • hitman

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #2

    bit rich from nolan when the rest of the team carried him for 70 mins

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    the more nolan tries to rally..the more i feel he needs to do talkin on the pitch..he did not fare well during mon night…he did commit some sloppy mistakes too..he should say that to himself..

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  • MOONDUST

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #4

    the biggest mistake was having him in the team

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  • furrygiblets

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #5

    He needs to cut out the pies!

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  • Ericles

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #6

    One mistake Nolan is playing you where CH does. Behind Carroll? Never. A fit Lovenkrands should be alongside Carroll. Carroll is the only shining light at the moment. Is CH cautious? No -he is paralysed by the insufferable mean manner of the fat man. The predetermined and one way traffic tactics do not help. Come on CH – flair, intelligence, imagination, pace and quality, or else we are heading for our first home defeat tomorrow. And Nolan? Another Taylor? Money where your mouth is mate!!!

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #7

    our 2 lousiet central midfielder happens to be our captain and vice captain..oh man…guthrie and barton will be my number 1 choices…also tiote if he signs with us…nolan and smith will be used against lousy teams like blackpool…but i cant see it happening..nolan wont be dropped…im afraid BOTH nolan and smith will be in the starting line up tml..since guthrie is a touch and go case…

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #8

    i pity CH seriously…i guess even sir alex ferguson wont be able to get good results if his club owner is MIKE ASHLEY

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  • howay man

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #9

    best centre mids; Barton Guthrie
    best forwards; carroll lovenkrands
    unfornately we will never play our absolute best side this season because Nolan is the captain and will play every game.

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10

    howay man..agreeed totally..hope ben arfa will come and break the traditional midfield department of ours..

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    will signings be made on weekend?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #12

    we should share our strikers with blackburn..LOl..we have 6 they have 2..

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #13

    though man u have even more strikers.8..each and every one of them is better than our 6 strikers..hope we can get one decent striker in..and get rid one..possibly ranger on loan..cos CH wanna give xisco a chance to prove himself..so i cant see him to go out on loan..

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  • Ericles

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #14

    I am afraid these last few comments are true. CH is a good coach pure and simple. He is not a good manager per se. I think CH has done well in the Championship as did some of our squad – but they are not with the best will in the world good enough for the Premiership. Sad to say but I think CH and calderwood are too pedestrian in outlook and their own pace to do anything more than save us from relegation. We need a Sir Bobby type to achieve more with NUFC. I would rather give the job to Carver and Lee Clark – with time and some money they could bring the results back.

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #15

    has tiote completed medical?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #16

    wilfred bouma?..good enough?

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #17

    is this Tiote guyany good? I honestly have never seen him play,and there is very little footage of him on youtube….as long as it means smith is on his way out i’ll be delighted! I know smith gives 110% but that means nothing unfortunately!!! I could play and give 110%, as could my gran, but it doesn’t make you a footballer! anyway, Tiote…anyone know anything about this guy??

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #18

    roblee77- i only seen one clip of tiote..but lots of ben arfa..omg..i duno how to describe.his skills seldom appear at st james’ park before…comparable to messi and ronaldo..jus that not enough goals scored.

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #19

    I wudnt expect any announcements for arfa n tiote till Monday, i wonder if they will b at the game tomorro

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #20

    who will want the no. 13 shirt to be taken by?..tiote or arfa?..can we jus assume they are our players?..lol

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #21

    davybtoon..so u saying signings wont be made on weekend?..oh man..

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #22

    roblee7 .. arguably twentes best player last season and they won the league .. so he should be good ..

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    alan shearer – if we can pull off ben arfa, i really would be delighted as I have seen him play a few times and is a great talent, just what we need!!! I mean, how many defensive players do we have at the moment compared to attackers!! Would be a steal, and if we don’t get him i cant think of anyone as good as him who would come to us and how we could afford….! I’d love us to get luis suarez!!! In my dreams…he’s probs already moved somewhere from ajax after world cup?? He still young aswell….god, wish we could still get these kind of players in a way, even though I know it would leave us in a freddy shepherd type mess again!!

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    I think there both done deals both in toon now n they wouldn’t b here unless agreed wit there clubs

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    sweendog….certainly hope so!

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #26

    i cant see arfa being a flop..i find that flop usually refers to someone who does not score enough goals..but arfa does not.we know that…its his skills that he has all along..natural technically gifted player..his clips are delightful to watch

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    lets check out around the stadium tml if 2 of them are dere…

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  • davybtoon

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #28

    We usually announce deals on mondays

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    hopefully deals are announced asap..looks like it will be on mons…looks like we are now waiting for nth..hope 2 deals are announced..tiote and arfa..

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #30

    Assuming we do sign these two players who would you play in the that area with all the midfeild players we have????

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    anyone hear ian holloway the other day saying that he hasn’t seen some of his new signings play before? not a clue he said, haha. n he also said its mad premiership managers saying ‘how great this player is or that player’ from a league in south america, or latvia, or summit, as its impossible they’ll of really seen what they are like!! i wonder how many times this has cost us. i have to say, i like holloway, i find him quite refreshing in an otherwise pretty dull set of premier league managers

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32

    toon1978- tiote and arfa will be my starters for sure..other takers?

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #33

    of the 4 other central midfielders we hav currently..barton is my number 1, guthrie no.2, nolan no.3 smith no.4

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #34

    harper

    Williamson Colo Campbell Enrique

    Arfa Tiote Barton Jonas

    Lovenkrand

    Carrol

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #35

    i know williamson isn’t a right back, but I’d give him a shot instead of r.taylor, s taylor and simpson as i rate none of them….and perch, well……

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #36

    roblee77..wise one…if s taylor is fit..he will replace campbell imo..
    if we can get a decent striker ..we can replace him with lovenkrands..
    but arfa is likely to be used on central attackin role not right wing..thnk CH has promised him..thats why he says CH UNDERSTANDS him..

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  • sweendog

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #37

    roblee7 //…

    Krul

    Perch Colo Campbell Enrique

    Routledge Tiote Barton Arfa Jonas

    Carrol

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  • roblee7

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #38

    can’t see how steven taylor is gunna fit in when he comes back actually! most over-rated toon player ever, n i know im not the only one who thinks this…..mistake after mistake after mistake….i know he’s a geordie and i want to trust him, but i can’t. its the same with the whole alan smith ‘works’ hard argument….steven ‘ the geordie ‘ taylor…..again, im a geordie, can play centre back please? no,haha

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  • alan shearer

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #39

    sweendog..if arfa is just behind carroll..will it be better?

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  • Toon1978

    Aug 21, 2010 at 2:42 PM

    Comment #40

    A problem still exists even if we do sign these two players and the problem is that we have no pace up front. Carroll relies on crosses coming in from either flank but our boys on the wings struggle to get the ball in to start with. If Arfa does sign that gives us creativity to play through the defence but Carroll does not have the pace to beat the defence to get on the end the through balls. We need a pacey striker maybe on loan, Bellamy would have been perfect. However i would be happy just to get these two lads in.

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