Kevin Nolan is turning out to be a great captain for Newcastle, and of course he really wants to play tonight against Arsenal.
Kevin and Andy at the old firm game last Sunday afternoon
But somehow we think Kevin will be disappointed, as Chris will keep the top guns rested tonight, and have them 100% ready for the battle with Sunderland this coming Sunday afternoon in the Premier League.
But Kevin still wants Newcastle to somehow get through tonight, as he told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We all want to play – and go through.” “It’s a massive game. I didn’t play in the last game and it’s the gaffer’s decision – he has the final say so.” “Whatever he wants to do, I’ll go with it, but we’re a set of lads who all want to play in the games.”
And Kevin and the club went through a tough week last week, with Andy Carroll getting himself into trouble again, staying with the Nolan family until his next court appearance in January, as part of his bail, and then having his brand new Range Rover set alight in Kevin’s drive last Tuesday night.
But Chris Hughton and the lads showed their professionalism again on Saturday, with another terrific away win, this time at West Ham, after being a goal down, and yes Andy scored the winner.
You really cannot make this stuff up.
And there was good news for Andy and the Newcastle club on Monday morning, when Andy was fined £1000 for his altercation at the Blu Bambu night club in Newcastle last December, and so that case is now closed.
It’s history, and as long as Andy learns from these mistakes, it will turn out to be a good learning experience for the lad, who’s still only 21 – and we’re all daft at that age. 😀
Kevin talked about last week:
“It was a fantastic week of us pulling together.” “We’re all in it together and we have been since that day at Villa when we got relegated.”“We can’t take our eye off the ball.”
“What we want is to make sure we’re a Premier League side next season.” “That’s the priority – what we’re doing is the right thing and we’re very confident in what we’re doing.”
“It was massive at West Ham. They were below us and these are the teams we need to beat.” “To play the way we did, and play the football that we did, was fantastic.”
Nolan and the players work so well with Chris Hughton, and of course another thing that happened last week was that Colin Calderwood left the club to manage Hibernian. Colin did great during the 20 months he was at the club, and of course he helped Chris get Newcastle promoted at their very first attempt last May.
So Kevin is now hoping that Chris brings in his new number two, and the rebuilding at Newcastle can continue full steam ahead:
“We hope he gets his new No 2 in and builds the club brick by brick so we can keep it where it belongs.”
Kevin is certainly helping in that rebuilding effort, along with some of our other experienced lads at the club like Harper, Barton, Smith and Coloccini.
With Newcastle now 9th in the league with 11 points from 9 league games we look to be in fairy good shape, but we’re still just two points above the drop zone.
We need to register our second home win of the season on Sunday, and get another valuable 3 points and then we should be even better placed in the league table.