Kevin Nolan scored 18 goals last season, but when you laud the former Bolton player for that, the critics say yes – but that was in the second division.
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle captain supreme
Well so far this season back in the Premier League Kevin has 7 goals in the first 10 league games of the season, which isn’t too bad at all, and he’s Newcastle’s top scorer so far this season, one ahead of Shola Ameobi and two ahead of Andy Carroll.
Kevin is also top scorer in the Premier League right now, along with Florent Malouda of Chelsea and Carlos Tevez of Man City – all on 7 goals.
And before the trip to the Emirates this Sunday, Kevin rightly says there is a need to get some payback for our defeat 9 days ago at St. James’ Park in the Carling Cup, when our second eleven lost 4-0.
Kevin told the Evening Chronicle today:
“There are no easy games in this league, especially Arsenal.” “We’re going to go there with a game plan. And hopefully it works as well as it did in the last game.”
“We do have confidence that we can go there and get a good result.” “We owe Arsenal, I think. We conceded a sloppy goal, then a few things didn’t happen for us. So we’re keen to put things right.”
Nolan has experienced success against Arsenal in his Bolton days, when Bolton, under manager Sam Allardyce, pulled off both Premier League and FA Cup wins over the London powerhouse.
“Arsenal didn’t like playing against us back then.” “But this is a totally different team to the one I played in at Bolton.” “That’s no disrespect to Bolton then or now, but this is just a bit different.”
We’re not sure whether Kevin is inferring that Newcastle are a better side now than Bolton were then, when he had those wins, but it will at least be a chance for this Newcastle side to see how good they are against a top European club side.
We didn’t do too well at Old Trafford in the first game of the season, but the lads seem to be learning quickly from their games in the Premier League, and we at the very least, expect the game on Sunday to be a lot closer than the Red Devils game, when we were well beaten 3-0 – and it could have been a lot worse.
A point at the Emirates on Sunday would stretch Newcastle’s unbeaten streak to 4 games, but it will be a very tough game.