Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan has come out today and said at times this season Newcastle have just not been good enough.
Kevin Nolan – talks to Wigan skipper Gary Caldwell on Sunday
And that’s been especially tue at home, but that now is the time for the team to start pulling away from the relegation zone – sounds good to us.
Nolan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We have to go on a run now.” “Wigan was our second win in nine – which, by our standards, is not good enough.”
“We set high standards and we have to make sure that we continue this.”
“At Wigan that was just the basics out there. We have to build on it and get better from now until the end of the season.”
And like many Newcastle fans, Kevin Nolan wants to put some points between Newcastle and the relegation candidates, and so far this season we haven’t been too close to the bottom pack – and it would be great if we can keep it that way too, in our first season back with the big boys.
“We have not really got away from the relegation pack or the scrap.” “We knew it was going to be tough at times this season.”
“But we have enough character in that dressing room.” “That is what Newcastle United is all about.”
“We must stay in a healthy position. The win at Wigan did that – now we have to keep doing it.”
“We’ll get to that point, I’m sure, if we keep going the way we have.”
Nolan returned from his one-match ban to captain the side at Wigan’s DW Stadium, and now the opportunity is there to literally hammer West Ham – one of Alan Pardew’s former clubs tomorrow night.
And since we beat West Ham away 2-1 with a solid performance, well at least after the first 20 minutes, this would be our first double of the season with another win, and against a lower level side too.
Kevin wants a similar workmanlike performance tomorrow night from the lads, as he continued:
“It was a great team performance at Wigan.” “It was important after the last two results because they haven’t quite gone our way.”
“I think it showed that we wanted to start much better.” “In the last game I played against Man City we started poorly and were sloppy.”
“You can’t give Premier League teams a 2-0 head start, and that is the same for Wigan or Man City or anybody else.”
“We knew that and we started better against Wigan. We looked strong and we could have scored a few more goals.”
“We’ll take 1-0, but we had a few chances. We hit the bar twice, and on another day we could have won 3-0 or 4-0. Shola had one that he knows he could have scored too.”
“We have had some difficult games, Man City and Tottenham, and they are fighting for the title.” “At the outset we probably would have taken six points from the last 12.”
“But we feel we were robbed of a point against Man City because of the way we battled back.” “We played well at Wigan too, and also against Liverpool.”
“At Tottenham we were probably a bit jaded. I think the only reason for that was because we had the game two days before.”
“Everybody loves Boxing Day,” “The fans and the players love it, but playing on the 28th needs to be finished – I don’t think the fans get the spectacle they really want.”
Newcastle have almost a perfect opportunity to get a second Premier League win on the trot tomorrow night, and although West Ham are now playing a lot better of late, Newcastle must take the opportunity to nail down another 3 points at home.
No sloppiness allowed at all tomorrow night, and let’s take a few more opportunities to hammer those goals in.
Our goal difference could do with a little improving too. 😀
Howay The Lads!!