Newcastle captain Kevin Nolan scored a hat-trick in the Magpies 5-1 humiliation of local rivals Sunderland today at St. James’ Park, and Kevin was the captain supreme in this fine Newcastle United display this afternoon.
Kevin Nolan – after first goal – he’s on the bottom somewhere
Kevin scored the first two goals after 26 minutes and 34 minutes, and Shola scored a third from a penalty just before half time to put the Magpies 3-0 up.
Former Newcastle player Titus Bramble was then sent off after 52 minutes for bringing down Andy Carroll when he was clean through and two more goals for Shola and Nolan put Newcatsle 5-0 up before Bent got a consultation goal for the Black Cats on 90 minutes.
Kevin Nolan told Sky Sports after the game:
“Obviously it’s fantastic,” “We knew it would be tough – and I think it was, I think we got lucky with a couple of the goals.”
“We’re delighted, we’ve worked so hard this week and it’s paid off today.”
“It’s unbelievable. I made my debut against Sunderland and to score a hat-trick will live with me forever.”
And Kevin had a few words to say about his manager Chris Hughton, who has taken some unfair criticism these last couple of weeks, as the gossip press seems intent on trying to bring some instability to the Tyneside club by suggesting Chris is close to getting the sack.
Chris Hughton – enjoying himself this afternoon
Kevin continued and talked about his boss:
“I’m delighted for the fans and delighted for Chris after what he was put through this week.”
Good words from Kevin and an excellent display in a game this afternoon that really mattered, for both the Newcastle club and the faithful Newcastle fans.