No Excuses From Nolan – Apologizes To Newcastle Fans

The Newcatsle captain has come out today and offered no excuses for Newcastle’s pathetic performance on Saturday at Stevenage, other than to say is is a massive kick in the cojones for the team.

Kevin Nolan – we were not very good

Kevin was disappointed with the Newcastle performance and the fact that the lads just never got going at all, and he said the disappointing thing was that Stevenage wanted it more than Newcastle.

This is what Kevin said today:

“I don’t think you could question the attitude of the lads, they all wanted to do the right thing,” “The fact is, it just didn’t happen. You had 11 lads from Stevenage who probably wanted it a bit more than us and that’s the most disappointing thing.”

“We knew it was going to be tough with a big crowd and everything. I thought we responded really well in the first half, a few of the lads looked a bit leggy in the second.”    “We weren’t very good. We weren’t how we’ve been over the last few games and we knew they’d give it a good go and they did. They fully deserved the win.”

“This is going to give us a kick in the cojones, a massive one, and we have to respond. We have to make sure that come the end of the season Newcastle United are still a Premier League team and when we played Stevenage next year, we come down and do the business.”

Joey Barton did get a goal back in injury time after Newcastle had all of  almost 40 minutes to get back into the game after going 2-0 down, but there was little response from  this Newcastle side in the second half.

That was one of the big disappointments in this game.

And of course it didn’t help at all that Cheick Tiote was sent off and will now miss the next three league games, which will probably cost Newcastle some points in the league.

But of course as soon as Joey scored to make it 2-1 and give Newcastle some chance,  Stevenage went up the other end and immediately restored their two goal lead.

Kevin continued:

“When we get one goal back we don’t expect to go straight down the other end and lose another one,”

“We wish them the best but we wanted a good cup run and it’s very disappointing to come away not in the hat. It’s probably going to hit a lot of the lads even more when the draw for the fourth round is made.

“All we can do is really apologize to all the fans who made a massive journey to get down here. They were brilliant again, we ask them to stick with us for another important game next weekend.”

Newcastle can put things right with their fans almost immediately, by beating Sunderland at the Stadium of Light next Sunday afternoon, but we’re not sure how we manage that without top man Cheick Tiote.

Any ideas?

Comments welcome.

19 comments so far

  • bentoon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Tiote is massive for us, but i cant see any reason why we cant come away from the Stadium of Sh!te without the 3 points if Pards gets his tactics right and the lads are back on form.

  • Sinner

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #2

    [quote]…………but we’re not sure how we manage that without top man Cheick Tiote.

    Any ideas?[/quote]

    Bringing in good players. 😛

  • Sinner

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Wait Nolan!
    With the swollen face he had,we’ve been down to 10 men since the start of the game.

  • daneevz

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    “tough with a big crowd and everythin” dont u play infront of 50,000 week in week out?? lol good 1

  • Solaidback

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #5

    We’ve won without Tiote before & we’ll win if he’s banned again… they’ll just have to make sure that someone else apart from Gutherie & Smith don’t play that position lol 😉

    Personally tho, Tiote shouldn’t be banned, a yellow cards was all that tackle was, not red, no way!!!!

  • Xavi

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #6

    shouldnt you be sleeping Kevin like pardew told you to?!

  • munch27

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #7

    I hope that the FA panel will overturn Tiote’s red it’s a no brainer and if it’s not overturned it’s proof positive the FA have it in for NUFC.

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #8

    IMO Tiote should never have been brought on in the cup.

    The match against the unwashed is much more important, and due to Tiote being brought off injured vs West Ham, I dont even see why he was on the bench. Why not Vuckic?

  • nufc1984

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    French press l’equipe are reporting that were interested in buying Youssef El Arabi from Caen. he’s a winger/forward and has scored 10 goals this season. He’s available for €5 million. young athletic and full of tricks apparently. Opposite wing to Ben arfa? Thoughts??

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #10

    @nufc1984 // Jan 10, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    Sounds better than Spears from West Ham!

  • ash1001

    Jan 10, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #11

    All this talk about Tiote should not have been risked, hell he’s a Toon player, why should he not have been risked as it has been put. Heard all the stories about a slight strain etc. if thats the case and there was a risk to doing further damage, then he should not have been there at all. As for the tackle, he has to learn to control where, when and how he tackles, hes the most booked player in the permier league, so he is creating a bit of a reputation for himself. As a player I like him but do feel that he needs to control himself just a little bit, other wise hes going to be only half a season player due to suspensions.
    This crap story about tiredness does my head in, Aston Villa, Everton for example had the same sort of schedule and did the business against team higher in the league than Stevenage, Ryan Giggs at 37 has just done two games off the trot. The real reason for the defeat is that we had too many players (who I do not need to name) who were probably playing at their right level, and Stevenage were better than them. Its time Pards realised this, which he probably does now, we hope.

  • jimiley

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #12

    Very predictable comments from Nolan. I would have preferred some effort in the game. Saying you are sorry for not trying (or they tried more than us) is total bollocks. That admission is enough to dock them their wages and give it to charity.

  • kimbo

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Alan Smith plays against Scumderland we will get beat simple as that.He will either give away a penalty or be sent off,that is his only contribution to a game.

  • HaZ-NUFC

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #14

    againts sunderland play this team

    simpson willo colo jose
    spiderman barton nolan ferguson
    carroll shola( if fit or best or lover)

  • obamagic

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15


    Certainly fits the “Ashley” profile.
    Sign Him up! Seems to have a pretty good goal ratio too.

  • Brutooon

    Jan 10, 2011 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Alan Smith would be available the first 5 mins and anonymous in the remaining 85 mins!

  • Sav

    Jan 10, 2011 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Still glum.
    What does Nobby mean ‘It’s probably going to hit a lot of the lads even more when the draw for the fourth round is made.’?
    You mean they don’t already know how shameful that was?
    The TV cameras were there just waiting/hoping/praying for a cock-up and did our lads ever disappoint?

  • ende

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Ah let’s get over it. It’s the FA cup. On with the season!

  • Lynxie

    Jan 10, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #19

    The ‘real’ cup final is on Sunday at noon. get over Stevenage, and for God’s sake Pardew, sort it out! No excuses whatsoever on Sunday.


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