It’s easy to underestimate the performances of Kevin Nolan for Newcastle United.
Kevin Nolan – Newcastle’s captain supreme
Kevin makes the Newcastle team click, and you could see on Saturday against Wolves, how his good passing and experienced play, helped Newcastle get going in that first half, and of course his goal after 22 minutes was excellently taken.
It was not luck that he put the ball between Hennessey’s legs, and it would have been so easy for Nolan to miss that chance, which was much much harder than it looked.
Newcastle will miss Kevin Nolan’s presence for the next two games, but it’s important that the team push on from the excellent win last Saturday, and at least try to get a win at Aston Villa this Sunday afternoon.
Since Gerard Houllier came in as manager, the Midlands team has been less than impressive, and surprisingly Aston Villa, after finishing 6th last season under Martin O’Neil, are in 16th position on just 34 points, and are 5 points behind Newcastle, and just 2 points above the relegation zone.
So it will be important that Newcastle do not lose this game, and again have a side beneath them in the league gain all 3 points, and we have to remember Villa were beaten 1-0 by Wolves in their last home game.
The Newcastle boss will be concentrating this week on what his team will be on Saturday, with the suspensions of Kevin and Cheick Tiote to combat, although Ryan Taylor is now back from his 3 game suspension.
Alan Pardew talked about his captain, Kevin Nolan, today:
“Kevin’s performance against Wolves epitomized what he brings to the team.”
“He leads by example and he only picked up the booking when he had to sacrifice himself for the team.”
“He is a special player and sometimes we take him for granted a little bit, but what you cannot take for granted are the 12 goals he has scored this season.”
“That is more than Andy Carroll has scored, and it is more than a lot of strikers have managed in the Premier League.”
“It is a massive contribution and he scored the all-important first goal against Wolves which got us going.”
“He was not well in the build-up to the game and probably should not have played, but he did and delivered when we needed him.”
The very fact that Kevin played on Saturday while still a bit sick, shows his absolute commitment to the Newcastle side, and he always gives everything he has.
Kevin is a massive player for Newcastle, and it seems that Alan Pardew is trying to get the club to sign him up to a long term deal.
Certainly if Newcastle can get Kevin, Joey Barton and Jose Enrique to commit to long term contracts on Tyneside, that would be fantastic, and hopefully before the transfer season even opens.
We’re hoping that will happen, and sooner rather than later, as they are three massive players for the Magpies, and that’s also why we need a win on Saturday, so the club is safe from relegation, and contract negotiations can begin.