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.
“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.