Nolan Hopes Mistakes Are Ironed Out For Eastlands

We’re not surprised to learn that the  mood was not good in the post-match inquest after the Stoke defeat last Sunday.

Kevin Nolan – in action last Sunday

And Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan is hoping that some of the errors made in that game will be fixed in time for Sunday.

Andy Carroll was big enough yesterday to say that it was his responsibility to mark big Kenwyne Jones, and that he shouldn’t have let him get away like he did for their equalizer,

And Nolan has talked about how the lads have looked at their performance last Sunday and that it just wasn’t good enough:

“We’ve had it out, and it’s been put to bed.” “We’re all honest lads, and we all want the best.”   “We know we’ve got to sometimes put our hands up.” “It was a game we should have won – that’s the be all and end all.”

“We’ve had time to look at it.” “When you look at it, we were quite in control of the game as a whole, and we were really disappointed we conceded two massively sloppy goals.”

“It was really poor on our behalf.” “For the first one, two of their lads have got away from our markers, and for the second, we didn’t have anyone in the hole.”

“It’s possibly the worst I’ve felt after a defeat since I’ve been here because we were 1-0 up at home – you don’t expect to lose.”   “It’s good it’s happened – we know we’re not invincible at home when we’re 1-0 up.”

We’ll see if the lads have learned their lessons on Sunday afternoon, because the proof of the pudding is in the eating.

Newcastle fans are due an up on Sunday – after the massive downs of the last two home games – but whether we’ll get one is up to the lads.

We hope so.

Comments welcome.

36 comments so far

  • pearceet

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #1

    The caption doesn’t really make any sense,
    “Nolan in action last Sunday”…….
    When did Butt come out of retirement! 🙂

  • roy cropper

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #2

    “We’ve had it out, and it’s been put to bed.” “We’re all honest lads, and we all want the best.” “We know we’ve got to sometimes put our hands up.”

    ..couldn’t agree more.

  • chuck

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #3

    Yeah coulda used Carrolls height to defend against De Laps chuck ins and set pieces, but Campbells experience and size would have helped, Colo.not being that great in the air, and Perch ? well gets pushed around and not much help in the air.
    But CH seems to see something in the guy, so lets not be hasty, though i have my doubts.

  • Bucks mag

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #4

    chuck – you make that point about Colo in the air, but I thought he won nearly all of his headers against Jones when he was marking him, something I wasn’t expecting.

  • Oleg G

    Oct 1, 2010 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Ah… So bad. Asulin Signed for Man City 🙁

    Should have brought him to Newcastle.

  • Shah

    Oct 1, 2010 at 3:49 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan is good, but Ben Arfa ter would be more effective in his position. And Ryan Taylor for RB!! He gives us more scoring options.

  • Hugh Jorgan

    Oct 1, 2010 at 4:04 PM

    Comment #7

    Former Newcastle United player Keith Gillespie declared bankrupt today.

  • CT

    Oct 1, 2010 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Cambell`s got to start, CH won`t change the system away to City tho` but it is effective away so far. How about,
    Williamson Sol Colo Jose
    Jonas Joey Nolan Benafa

  • CT

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Perch is on a 5th yellow, don`t trust R Taylor at rite back, until Tayls is fit seems little option to me. May as well try Williamson as he is stronger in the tackle and still gives us extra height too.

  • short trousers

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #10

    lads the lads on the raydeo has sade who wins the lottry is 85milion toneet we shud al hav a try lads we just need 3 wins and we can by fat ahsley oot lololol soz 4 and we can giv houghton 85 for transfurs lololol

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #11

    CT, that defence looks shocking! It’s not bad going forward, but I like Routledge too. There’s so many options

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:34 PM

    Comment #12

    Hilarious Nolan saying he wouldn’t want to be at City. Somehow I don’t think is any danger whatsoever of that ever occurring. Can’t quite see Nolan’s name at the top of the city to buy list alongside the likes of Silva, Balotelli etc.

    Nolan is always coming out saying ” we’ve talked about it etc ” Do you think anyone has the guts to tell him he’s too slow and shouldn’t play behind Carroll.

    it’s so obvious Tiote and Barton sit and Arfa, Routledge and Jonas play behind Carroll or ranger comes in for Routledge.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #13

    Oh, BTW, did anyone else see Luuk de Jong for Twente vs. Tottenham?

    He looked really good and held of Bassong and King all night, so I thought I’d do some Dennis Wise scouting and the kid is incredible!

    He’s only just turned 19, but has soooo much potential it’s unreal. I don’t know how much he’d cost, but anything under £3-4 million and he’s a bargain. And the best bit is that he fits in with our transfer policy

    Hughton sign him up 😉

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #14

    Rotonda, and what does HBA do when he has the ball in that position?

  • CT

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #15

    HTL. Sol/ Colo/Jose shocking? Best we got!!! Williamson can`t be any worse at R.B than Perch or Rtaylor. Rout or Jonas take your choice, both have trouble with final ball, I slightly favour Jonas.

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #16

    I agree Perch is shocking, but Williamson is only good because he’s so good at reading the game. If you put him at RB against Zogs, Nani or any other quick winger we could be destroyed

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 1, 2010 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda heights, Maybe it’s a printing error. “he wouldn’t want to be at City” maybe it’s meant to be. “he wouldn’t want to beat City”

  • CT

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #18

    HTL Longterm Wills at RB is not ideal butwe at the mo have few better options till Tayls or Simps are available, I agree Wills can read the game which is why I would take the chance.

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Why not try Sol as RB?

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #20

    Simpson’s back for the Wigwam game I believe, so hopefully we won’t have to wait too much longer before we see someone half-decent at RB again.

    I think when Saylor’s back he should go straight in there. I’d also like to see Raylor get a few more games under his belt as he gives his all every game and does get goals – and, after all, that’s what wins you games

  • GeordieGerman

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #21

    It’s a pity that football isn’t a little like Ami football. where we could have Raylor just brought on for free kicks.


    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #22

    one of the biggest mistakes was playing nolan in a position he shouldn’t play in he is too slow, too fat and no skill. but he will always pick himself to play

  • Turkish Magpie

    Oct 1, 2010 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #23
  • GeordieToon89

    Oct 1, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #24

    ad be happy with tht line up in the guardian mind, although i wouldnt mind seeing jonas down the right or even on the left with arfa on the right cutting inside onto his left to unleash a couple of screamers into the top corner ha.!! id be more than happy with a point down here now only because of the team city have now otherwise ad be wantin all 3..but if we can keep tevez quiet we can win =]

  • balubas1

    Oct 1, 2010 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #25

    It is true what they say… Newcastle fans are really the WORST fans in the world.

    We don’t respect our players, we are simple minded, we have a habit of picking our players to pieces without any thought of what effect it will have on our club. (we tried hard with Sol, neraly made it with Barton, now Nolan and Perch is up)

    Our club captain, which has done a brilliant job for us so far in this, and the last season doesn’t mean s**t too most NUFC “fans”.

    We are high demanding. We make our team a buch of nervous chickens when the game is not going our way. We act as if we were supporting Real Madrid. YEA More pressure! thats good isn’t it??!!

    Too many supporters stand in front of this club rather than behind it. And thats what we are known for. Toon Army….. Just Sad…

  • moonraker

    Oct 1, 2010 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #26


    What are you on?

  • mattnufc

    Oct 1, 2010 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #27

    balubas1 this club would be nowhere near what it is without the fans

  • Howay The Lads

    Oct 1, 2010 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Well balubas is clearly a Mackem.

    Players should come under criticism if they don’t try hard enough, which some think Nolan doesn’t.
    I think he does, so I would never criticise him.

    Perch is just ship, but gives his all, so I like him, but don’t rate him.

    It’s the same with hundreds of players through the years. Ramage, Shola, Tozer


    Oct 2, 2010 at 4:18 AM

    Comment #29

    we cant expect anything from city at city, anything thats not a loss is a good result for us

  • Bao Zheng

    Oct 2, 2010 at 7:07 AM

    Comment #30

    Seems to me Nolan is completely missing the point. His comments read like we were winning easily and the defence lost it with two sloppy goals. More like it we dominated possession and created nowt, hand up Nolan, then made poorly considered substitutions that handed the initiative to Stoke, hand up Hooton. Did anyone mention those after the game?

  • balubas1

    Oct 2, 2010 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #31

    call me what u like… I’m just trying to turn some fools away from doing nothing but putting our players down. Some of you don’t even seem to like any of our players.. whats up with that? my recent post above might sound harsh, and it was written in a moment of anger at those whiny tools who don’t really seem to enjoy supporting our club, but still takes the time to spit out crap on the blog.

    I’m enjoying our team at the moment… having real problems picking my 1st team at fifa11:)

  • balubas1

    Oct 2, 2010 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #32

    Howay the lads:

    I agree with your post. Except the 1st sentence.

    But I think the slating has reached new levels, and it has been too high over the last years also. This is because we have had too high demands and too many disappointments over the last years. Look to Fulham for example: Zamora shoots the ball to row Z.. the crowd cheers cuz he tried his best… “C’mon Bobby!” I’m not saying we should have the same ambitions as Fulham, but there should be a balance in between somewhere.. Cheering our players on will help to overcome difficult times, and WIN games. Trying our best to find weak links and slate our own players is the worst thing we can do.
    Take Perch for example: In my opinion, he’s not yet a PL quality player, he looks uncertain and a bit nervous at times. But remember that he’s not a 10Million RB, he was bought in as a squad player. He might develop in to a decent PL player given the time, and he has had a few good games, including the game against Stoke. (without the horrible own goal) And as you say, he gives it all. <——–Constructive evaluation of a player.

    "Perch is a useless s**t of a RB" <—-the more common way most people put it here.

    you are most welcome to agree or disagree with me. But if some of you might consider changing the way you treat our players to the best for our club, I'll be a happy man.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2010 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #33

    Howay the lads

    Is that a rhetorical question or just plain daft ?

    HBA in Nolan’s position would give us pace and mobility.

    As Bao Zheng said , it’s no good Nolan blaming the defense. Nolan mussed a sitter on abouit the only time he got forward in time to link up !

  • shearermania

    Oct 2, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #34


    im with you all the way in that theres way too much negativity in nufc supporters and we should be more positive.
    well said

    ps. i still think perch is s..t

  • balubas1

    Oct 2, 2010 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #35


    HBA moves inside anyways… I see ur point, but I don’t want to loose Nolan in the lineup (I know you do).

    Somebody said that was a bad idea to play HBA on the left.. but that just shows lack of understanding the game. Yes we loose some of the clean winger aspect, but we get powerplay in other parts of the pitch.

    In the stoke game HBA mixed moving inside and also got some crosses in.. he didn’t make a huge impact in that game, but stoke were defending very well from 20yds and in.

  • balubas1

    Oct 2, 2010 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #36


    thnx mate! about perch… ye.. he kinda is.. just don’t tell him


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