Captain Kevin – We’ll Now Try To Win At Manchester City

It’s been an up and down season for Newcastle so far this campaign and yesterday was certainly a down.

Kevin Nolan – in action yesterday

But Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is determined to make the trip to Eastlands next Sunday not a wasted effort,  as the lads try to make up for the loss of 3 points yesterday.

This is what Kevin said today after yesterday’s disappointing result:

“That’s the main thing now. Manchester City is the next game and we want to win that game. Well, we hope that’s going to happen.” “We are going to do our best and we are going to work as hard as we can to make sure we keep going in the right direction.”

“There were a lot of positives to take out of the game, but we have got to make sure we eradicate the massive negatives – don’t get me wrong, when I say massive, they are only massive because they are goals.”  “They are little mistakes, but little mistakes in this league are massive, so we have got to make sure we get them right. If we get them right, we won’t be far off.”

Newcastle looked to be cruising to a win when they went in at the break leading 1-0, thanks to a penalty from Kevin on 43 minutes, and  after Stoke were just awful in that first half and Newcastle seemed completely dominant.

However, Tony Pulis made some good changes early in the second half, and they paid off and even before Stoke equalized the scores on 67 minutes, through  Kenwynne Jones, he  had headed against the upright twice in the previous 5 minutes – so the warnings were there for Newcastle, but went unheeded.

Newcastle looked for the winner, and it wasn’t even a lack of effort that was the Magpies undoing but more mistakes, this time from  a corner sent over by Matthew Etherington on 85 minutes, and James Perch sent his header into the net for Stoke’s winner – an own goal.

And it was Kevin Nolan who almost equalized at the death for Newcastle, but his shot from eight yards was wide, when the skipper should really have done better.

Nolan continued:

“They didn’t really pose any threat except from set-pieces, but we didn’t defend them and that’s what cost us .” “We have got to learn from that and make sure we eradicate that from our game because there are going to be a lot of teams this year who are going to come and throw a lot of set-pieces and throw-ins at us, and we have got to be prepared for it.”

“We were prepared, but we didn’t deal with it, and that’s what cost us.” “Obviously, there are individuals who will be very upset with certain aspects, but we win together, we lose together, we draw together and we are all going in one direction together, and hopefully that’s the right way.”

If we can get a point at Eastlands it will certainly make up for the loss yesterday – but at some time soon Newcastle have to start beating the weaker sides at home, if we want to stay in this league.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • Thump

    Sep 27, 2010 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #1

    Righto, Kev. Man City is a game I have no expectations for and quite frankly if we get a point from it I’ll be over the moon.

  • nufcant

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #2

    ^ to be honest i was thinking that about the everton game, but they surprised us there. I have faith (as long as raylor is playing rather than perch).

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #3

    I’ve said it a blog before. That it’s weird that the games were we expect to lose, we win and the games that we to lose, we win. But beat Man C. at far eastlands? Naaa.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #4

    and the games that we expect to lose, we win.

  • callie9

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #5

    As long as we keep goal difference down. That’s gonna be vital if the bottom half remains this tight

  • TheToonKing

    Sep 27, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #6

    I really like Nolan, i really do…he works hard, he’s a great leader…but he needs to be dropped…just as Smith was dropped…

    sorry Kevin but Arfa is the guy born to play that position.


    Sep 27, 2010 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #7

    We’ll Now Try To Win At Manchester City

    WTF else would you do, theres nowt like stating the obvious

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 27, 2010 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #8

    Time for Nolan to be dropped . He’s killing us with a lack of pace and movement in a league which is very unforgiving if you haven’t got it.

    It’s obvious arfa should be played in the old beardsley role even if’s behind 2 attackers , ie Ranger and Carroll.

    CH was brave enough to drop Smith, now he has to do it with Nolan. The team has to evolve and move forward and CH can’t afford to be too close to the players.

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 27, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #9

    I don’t get why people want Hatem in that position.

    He WOULD be perfect there if Lovenkrands was playing, but unless Hoots goes:




    then he’d be useless.

    He effectively played in that position yesterday, and he did nothing because, unless people are making runs, he can only pass it out wide.

    Not sure how you’d get round the Guti/Rout/Arfa deal unless Carroll is dropped, which probably won’t happen

  • Oleg G

    Sep 27, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #10

    oh, really mister. We need to try and win the next game? and if we win that one? we don’t need to win the next after that?

    Why to say the Obvious?

    Say something like – I should sit on the bench because I play like crap.

    Or just say nothing at all!
    Just play!

  • jimiley

    Sep 27, 2010 at 7:28 PM

    Comment #11

    The crap players have started talking again just as they did when they got us relegated. Nolan is far too slow for this league and he is the club captain.!!! Very worrying. Hoots must be looking over his back at the fat man sharpening the knife. No wins against Wigan and Mackems (don’t say it can’t happen because we have lost to Blackpool and Stoke in successive home games) and Hoots will be picking up his P45 and a nice pay off. There is no plan B is there Hoots, its just 4-5-1 regardless who we play and where we are playing. OK in the fizzy but you need to be better than that now with an average team in the Prem. Watch your back.

  • Hatems Left Foot

    Sep 27, 2010 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #12

    Has anyone noticed Yven Moyo is playing for our reserves tonight,

    once being tracked by Man U

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 27, 2010 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #13

    I think people are forgetting that Hughton masterminded the defeats of Villa and Everton. Not to mention a very good draw against Wolves and a 4-3 win over Chelsea

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 7:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Howay The Lads. Right but we are still dropping points against “easier” teams. That doesn’t worry you?

  • G

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #15

    Losing to so called ‘easier’ teams is old ground. Remember under Keegan / Robson / Gullit etc we used to regularly lose to Coventry / Southampton / Palace etc… To be honest, I am not panicing yet, however, I am a little concerned that regardless of what some people think, the object of this season is just to survive in the Prem, not go for the Champions League just yet.

  • lamus

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:08 PM

    Comment #16

    Is post 11 for real?? this is the same nolan who paid a major part in getting us promoted…the guy who has 3 goals for us already. I think certain ‘fans’ need to get a grip and realise we are 10th in the league ffs! If we avoid relegation,which we are on course for at present were going to lose a lot more games home and away so unless your gonna ‘take out’ CH yourself he’s going to be ‘watching his back’ for a while yet.jokers

  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #17

    German, it worries me slightly, but the thing that worries me far more is that the Hughton haters are out and making their opinions heard. If they get their way and Hughton is gone by Christmas or whenever, we WILL be relegated. If they don’t it’s 80-20 in our favour

  • safferman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #18

    just had to share, I got my ticket for the s*nderland game this morning, massively excited, im praying for a win as its also my first game at st james, cant wait!

  • thepict

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Well said lamus. Notice nobody is saying AC should be dropped. Even though he hasn’t scored in his last three games.It seems that some folk just like to Nolan bash.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #20

    Ashley, Hughton, Nolan, Barton, Perch…

    … The haters will always be out there. Who knows next week Ben Arfa has a bad game? In fact I for one wasn’t to impressed by him against Stoke although I think Stoke had their instructions to close him down and after he was off it was Barton who had problems getting forward. Jonas is far to underestimated and should be allowed to continue playing left as his understanding with Enrique is something that Ben Arfa doesn’t have, yet. Would hope that by Wigan Danny is fit as I could imagine that Simpson and Ben Arfa would do on the right what Enrique and Jonas do on the left. I don’t think we’ll be relegated, but this Euro League sh*t gets on my nerves. As Hughton says. “Lessons have been learnt” Just hope not to many “lessons” are necessary.

  • GeordieGerman

    Sep 27, 2010 at 8:44 PM

    Comment #21

    thepict, think that with Andy is that we realise that he isn’t getting the service or the support up front.

  • dave 1961

    Sep 27, 2010 at 9:39 PM

    Comment #22

    those that feel chuffed with our win at Everton was such a massive result, Everton are bottom without a win, villa played their worst ever premier league game ever. the worries are we keep losing to teams that could end the season in the same relegation battle as we are. this is when we will be punished for these defeats, giving credit for the 2 wins, but 2 of the defeats were shocking & Chris Houghton was the Hughton of our relegation season i.e.: clueless, his team selection is in my opinion poor, and his subs were laughable, on Saturday he took 2 of his better players off, if this continues Ashley will sack him as the crowds are shocking, I would guess about 28,000 season tickets were sold, and once the crowds drop this low Hughtons days are numbered. 4-5-1 will be his undoing, did he not learn this last season when we never played a decent game while playing this boring 4-5-1method, I was against him getting the job but I am willing to keep an open mind, but at the moment I am leaning towards the against, but saying this I will never be one of the vocalists, I will never shout for his head. I will not help to sack him as I am always for the team.

  • toondra

    Sep 27, 2010 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #23

    ben arfa is much better on the left than on the right, his best place is in the center.
    the match against stoke was so boring, newcastle got the players to play football, why kick an rush all the time?
    people say ben arfa was quiet during the match, it’s true, but he didn’t get the ball, always passing above his head to caroll
    the good teams in premiere league play a beautiful football ( that’s why liverpool is bullshit now), newcastle should try to do the same if they want to grow

  • Sav

    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:17 AM

    Comment #24

    Ben Arfa kept possession and kept the ball moving. If others had the skill to do the same, we’d have coasted it. Having been gifted the penalty, all we needed in the second half was to retain the ball and watch Stoke begin to panic. We’d have gone on perhaps to score again. Instead, Tiote and Ben Arfa come off, we end up panicking and the rest, as they say….

  • shearermania

    Sep 28, 2010 at 12:46 AM

    Comment #25

    well boys ia ctually love the 451 formation especially away….problem with nolan is he dosnt run the channels, so its becoming a very stagnant formation and too easy to deal with,,too predictable.
    however i would love to see loverboy play in that role….hes always running towards goal.
    if we play ben arfa there he would get too deep cause he wants the ball, and if no other central midfielders get into the box or making runs we are no better than playing with nolan…
    my humble formation would be
    raylor cambell collo enrique

    arfa nolan/asbo tiote jonas


    andy caroll

  • mattnufc

    Sep 28, 2010 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #26

    Good luck with that Nolan son

  • frenchmagpie

    Sep 28, 2010 at 6:12 AM

    Comment #27

    Post 6 you are right i think nolan needs to be dropped for ben arfa and CH should play jonas on the left wing & also drop Perch for ryan taylor we need some speed and creativity in the team thing that nolan doesn’t bring + Ryan Taylor can score from free kicks . i just hope that these changes will be made for the man city game

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #28


    Nolan was very good last year, but speed and movement are king in the premiership and Nolan clearly doesn’t have it. Apart from the penalty and that moronic celebration, his only other contribution was a horrific miss similar to the sitters he missed at Wolves.

    Routledge, Jonas and Ben Arfa behind Carroll and Tiote holding the fort and Barton pushing on would get us in behind teams a lot quicker.
    or even playing another mobile striker like Ranger.

    Nolan could come on if the game calls for a bit of nous but shouldn’t be a starter. I’m sure we are not all CH haters by any means either, but we just want to see a manager who can be both pro-active and reactive and not just someone who sees it as his way or the highway.

  • shearermania

    Sep 28, 2010 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #29

    bring back shearer,…………

    love to see what he could do with this squad and so many games left

  • Darling27

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #30

    He needs to be dropped. Ben Arfa should be played just behind Carroll.

  • buzza

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:45 AM

    Comment #31

    I also agree that we should be playing more positively at home, bringing Nolan off for Ben arfa in the “hole”. Jonas and Enrique in their positions and tiote and barton pulling strings through the middle.
    Nolan may be a great guy, team captain etc., but at home Hughton needs to sort his head out. We were dominating the game against Stoke on the ground and should have played to our strengths i.e. people who can actually keep hold of the ball and create something.
    I think the reason we lost was not so much Perch, as he did all he could and it was just unlucky, but Carrol, he was sucked towards the ball and left his man (Jones) who then had an easy headed tap into goal. carrol, you are not superman and if you ain’t going to reach it at least cover your man!!

  • Klatoon

    Sep 28, 2010 at 8:58 AM

    Comment #32

    I think the 1st mistake CH made was making him team captain.The captaincy shouldnt be all about leadership qualities,character but also about picking someone who is clearly better than the other players in the squad who play his position.Look at Tevez,he isnt that much of a leader,his English is limited but his the best striker at Citeh and 1 of a few players GUARANTEED a starting berth at the club by virtue of their quality and performance not just character and ego. We have a FEW such players here and Nolan sadly is not one of them.And I reckon 2 of them have a dodgy grasp of English too but their performance and inclusion week in,week out is beyond question.

  • Ericles

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #33

    When is CH going to realise that now he has got us back into the Premiership he now needs to get NUFC playing Premiership level football? We have the players in the squad that can play fast and quality soccer that can compete with the best. Against Stoke we were a poor shadow of the side that outplayed Chelsea. Why? Because CH had us playing against a big built physical team on their terms not ours. If we had used Ben Arfa, Lovenkrands, Jonas, Ranger, Ryan Taylor (instead of Perch) and Tiotte all together from the word go – playing a fast and intelligent passing along the ground style of quality football we could have thrashed them. But no – we got an unimaginative over the top long ball style ideal for the way Stoke played. Of course we lost. We have the players CH – use them instead of sticking with those who gallantly got us into the Premier but sadly will not keep us there playing your timid tactics. Come on CH – don’t bend backwards clueless. Bend it like Beckham!

  • Davies

    Sep 28, 2010 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #34

    Budding managers all. I’m amazed Ashley didn’t hire one of you lot and have Hoots as assistant manager.

    Shearermania – I can have a fairly good guess at what Shearer could do with this team, but you probably don’t want to hear it. Give you a clue – He’s does it once before.

    I agree, it’s time CH put Nolan on the bench, but, and I think this is his only really bad decision this season, he made him captain and Smith vice captain. Truthfully, I’d have made Barton vice captain, as at least we could leave Nolan on the bench without having to play Smith instead of Tiote.

    I also think, if we can’t bench the captain, it’s time to start giving Jonas a run out on the right, which is his natural position. I’m sure Ben Arfa can come to an understanding with Enrique.

    I don’t really want RTaylor at RB because he is awful there. He’s another bench warmer. I don’t hold anything against Perch for his yellow card count and Sunday’s OG was very unfortunate, but it could have happened to any other member of the team. Still, part of me wishes we’d made a move for Beye in the summer. Simpson had better live up to expectation when he comes back.

    In all, I can’t be that critical. We’ve lost a couple of games we expected to win, but so what! We’ve won games we didn’t expect to as well.

    It’s early days and I put a lot of faith in Hughton and I think we’ll be safe this season at least. The losses we’ve had so far will hopefully put a bit of a firework up his ar5e and I’d like to think we’ll become a bit more consistent soon enough.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Sep 28, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #35

    OH, sorry Capt. Kev, was the original plan to beat stoke and loose to Citeh?


  • baro

    Sep 28, 2010 at 10:16 PM

    Comment #36

    Great words Captain NOLAN!


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