One of the huge strengths of the Newcastle squad since Chris Hughton took over is the team spirit, and the players’ willingness to fight for each other on the field.
Kevin Nolan – no back-biting in Newcastle squad
Both Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood have been instrumental in quickly gaining the confidence of their players, and they have worked so well together to pull the club back to the Premier League, after the complete disaster that was relegation in May of last year.
Chris has been helped significantly by the senior players at the club such as Steve Harper and Alan Smith, but no one player has been as instrumental in turning Newcastle’s fortunes around than current captain Kevin Nolan, who was Bolton Wanderers captain when he was in his early 20s.
Kevin is simply a born leader, and talked today to the Journal about his own self confidence and about the Newcastle squad:
“I am a confident lad in that sense,” “Even if I am having a bad game or a hard time, I still want to help my mates and still want the best for the team.”“I think everyone knows that. I am an honest lad too so when I do speak, I think a lot of lads accept I’m not doing it to try and be clever or put them down. We have got to stick together.”
“We can’t have any of that back biting, we can’t have people pointing fingers. We are all in this together and must make sure we stick together. We have got that. There are a great set of lads here.”
“A lot of people knocked us when we went down and again when we won the trophy, a lot said we would not stay up. We just have to make sure we prove all those people wrong.”
“There are a lot of people here who want to prove that they are good enough to be in this league because we have not done it yet. We all had the plaudits after the Villa game and to a certain extent after Wolves.” “So, after the Blackpool defeat, we can’t be too downhearted about it and not to be too hard on each other because we probably did enough to win the game.”
“People were saying we could do this or that and then we have been hit by a bang, a kick up the backsides. So we just have to stick to the basic game plan and the season plan. Not look at it in bits, but look at it as a whole. If we do that and continue to work the way we are we will be okay.”
Today’s game at Goodison Park will be a difficult game for the Newcastle side, but they need to make up some points after the disastrous result of not getting any points from the home game against Blackpool last Saturday.
We have to hope the lads can at least get a draw this afternoon, but Goodison Park has never been a happy hunting ground for the Magpies in recent seasons.
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