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.