Newcastle’s famous 5-1 derby victory on Sunday against Sunderland stopped the crisis talk at St James’ Park dead in its tracks.
Kevin Nolan – we can’t get carried away
The Newcastle players did their talking on the field on Sunday, and gave the Newcastle fans everything they had ever dreamed of in that particular game – and it will long in the memories of Newcastle fans for generations to come.
Such was the importance of that historic victory.
We had asked the players to play on Sunday as though their lives depended on a win, and we have to believe that Chris had a firing squad in that dressing room, since most of our players played out of the their skins – it was just that incredible – once that first goal went in.
Of course the problem now is not to get carried away with that win, and since we are facing a top class side on Sunday, we have to hope we are not brought down to earth with a very hefty thump at Arsenal – which has happened far too often already this season.
Kevin Nolan seems pleased with Newcastle’s relative success so far this season, especially as we were told we would struggle mightily by those football experts, including Sky Sports’ Andy Gray.
This is what Kevin Nolan said today:
“It’s nice to stick two fingers up to all those who said we would struggle.” “It’s up to other people what they say, we can’t do anything about that.”
“What we have to do as players is make sure we stabilise this club to the maximum levels we can.” “We know that the job we’re doing and the job Chris is doing, is putting us on the that road towards that.”
“We knew what quality we had in the team. There are a few experienced lads here don’t forget, and a couple of new players.” “You look at the bench against Sunderland and it was so strong – if you don’t perform somebody will take your place.”
“But we can’t get carried away.” “It was only three points to make it 14 points so far and we’re still striving to make sure we’re in this league at the end of the season.”
We like the reality that our players have this season, and if we get hammered by Arsenal on Sunday our last two wins will not mean too much at all.
We have to become a better side by being more consistent in each game, and in that respect it’s a great opportunity for Chris Hughton and his Newcastle team on Sunday to get something out of the game at Arsenal – tough though that may be.