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.
“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.