SchoolBoy Errors Cost Us The Game – Nolan

We were hopeless yesterday,  but at least Newcastle have a captain who doesn’t try to varnish the truth and Kevin Nolan has said today that Newcastle have no excuses and they were poor yesterday.

Kevin Nolan – we’ll make it up against Birmingham

Kevin has said Newcastle will go all-out against Birmingham next Saturday to repay the Newcastle fans, after a rather pitiful and toothless display yesterday.

And of course Kevin himself was almost anonymous yesterday, as Liverpool dominated the midfield.

Nolan told the local Newcastle press corps today:

“We probably gave a half-account of ourselves – but silly mistakes have cost us.” “The be-all and end-all is that we should be having a better go, and not giving away sloppy goals.”

“When we look back, we’re going to be disappointed.” “We were comfortable, but it was silly mistakes again.”  “I know we talk about them all the time, but schoolboy errors have cost us.”

“It’s really disappointing on our behalf.” “I felt quite confident we could come away with something, but it wasn’t to be.”

“At 0-1, we were in the game, and it was an error which gave them a penalty.” “You get a bit disheartened.” “At Anfield it’s always a bit difficult, and then they got the third. The third goal just summed it up.”

Nolan will rally the troops once more,  ahead of Saturday’s visit of Birmingham City, and that’s exactly what the team needs to do – rally for the next game which is winnable.

We expected 3 points from the two games  against Manchester United and Blackpool, and after a terrific display against the Red Devils we were hopeless at Blackpool, and we ended up with just two points from those games.

We were hopeless against Liverpool yesterday, but at our best we should be able to see off  a rather hopeless looking Birmingham side, and we’ll reach the 3 points that we expected from these two games – better than we did in those previous two games.

And with two of the last three games being at St James’ Park,  Newcastle could even get 6 points before the end of the season and be on 47 points:

“We’ve got to take it on the chin, and Birmingham’s a massive game for us to get back among them.”

“We have to pick ourselves up and dust ourselves off, and look forward to a very challenging week.” “We’ve got to get ourselves up for the Birmingham game.”

And Nolan added: “We just weren’t good enough at Liverpool, but we must move it on.” “We’ve got to try to get as many points as we can on the board.”

3 points on Saturday would be terrific, and then there could be a very important game at Chelsea – potentially a huge game  for Chelsea –  if they can best the Red Devils next week and go top of the Premier League.

At the moment Chelsea are in second place, just  3 points behind Man United, after Arsenal got a great 1-0 win at the Emirates yesterday.

Both top two sides have the exact same goal difference of +38, so a win put Chelsea top of the league – with two games to play.

It would be close to a miracle if Chelsea win the league this season, but there’s not much chance of that happening with the London side having to play Newcastle in their  next game  – is there? 😀

Just joking, and in truth we wouldn’t expect Newcastle to get much out of the Chelsea game, but they’ll give it a good try,  and it will be a game watched around the world if Chelsea are top of the league by then.

However, a good win against WBA in the last game of the season, would be a great way of finishing off what in reality has been a successful first season back for Newcastle.

Howay The Lads!!

27 comments so far

  • mightymag567

    May 2, 2011 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #1

    ‘of course Kevin himself was anonymous yesterday’ – this regularly happens IMO

  • Brutooon

    May 2, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #2

    His “running from midfield” is no longer working without Andy Carroll in the club.

    We still use the same tactics but it will never work

  • Graeme

    May 2, 2011 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #3

    Looking at our last 6 games, getting a point against Birmingham will be a step in the right direction. They will be up for it, big time, they want to be away from the relegation front and they will fight for every scrap – I’m not sure Newcastle will after yesterdays inept display!!

    We will get nothing out of Chelski, not even a sniff!!

    WBA are playing much better football than we are; they look organised, have focus and battle all the way.

    We will have to play 5 times better than in our recent games to get a single point from our last three games!!

  • roy kaviani

    May 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #4

    silly mistakes have cost us! that’sbeen the story all season.

    Another thing, did we attach once from the right side? everything we do is through Jose & Jonas. we were like an open book, Liverpool even moved that useless kid who was on the LB on the 2nd half as he got booked & put Johnson on the left as they knew we have nothing on the right and the 2 we have up front are slow n useless.

    At one point i wished we had Routledge yesterday.

    oh well, lets be positive, we are safe with 41 points and 12th. i would have took that in the biginning of the season with my eyes closed.

    Howay The Lads.

  • Brutooon

    May 2, 2011 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #5

    How can we score a goal when our “main” striker heads and shoot the ball AWAY from the opposition goalpost

  • roy kaviani

    May 2, 2011 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #6

    i meant attack not attach 🙂

  • giimps

    May 2, 2011 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #7

    silly mistakes…..playing jonas on the left whan hes a righty and can play their all day and get crosses in….not playing Shane Ferguson until 1 min from the end….Playing Shola…period, playing lovaman with Shola, at least give him a chance by playing either Shefki or ranger otherwise he might as well be on his own up front….leaving Simmo on his own on the right all game ,cos Joey plays from the middle and attacks through the right channel but dont defent from there.
    If we play the same system against Brummies , we will get beat.We need to use our best players in their best positions.
    for me
    Simmo Williamson Collo Jose

    Gutti Joey Tiote Ferguson

    Lovaman/Benny Ranger/Shefki

    I wouldnt even have Shola on the bench I would prefer Phil Airey over him any day.

  • ToonDownSouth

    May 2, 2011 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Everyone talks about playing Jonas on the right, but don’t think anyone realises how well Enrique & Jonas compliment each other.

  • darthkir

    May 2, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #9

    pardew is clueless, trust me, even with current players, a good manager will find way to make do and play to our strength, not with pardew, he is too predictable, too rigid…

  • Brutooon

    May 2, 2011 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #10

    Nolan is not a player who distribute the ball, put him the free role behind Ameobi

    Barton middle and maybe Lovenkrands/Raylor at the right

    maybe start Ranger on the right where he can easily beat up defenders

  • GeordieGerman

    May 2, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #11

    ToonDownSouth, I think you meant. But don’t think anyone realises how well Enrique & Jonas USED to compliment each other.

  • mightymag567

    May 2, 2011 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #12

    yeah jonas and jose work well together, lack of width on the right though

  • henock1989

    May 2, 2011 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #13

    nolan is good, but the tactics not working…i dont even know why we have barton on LW…dont know why shola is starting …he is USELESS..we need speed…no one in our team except jonas, jose and ranger have speed…none wht kind of club have that type of players…that is why we suffer constancy…our tactic is unknow …is it defending?..counter attack?… attacking..?

    As a coatch ..not even close to padrew’s level, but that man is wrong…he is killing it..the only manager who had an effect was keggan ,,,if u still remember we were doing good with him at last…chris didnt do anything but put players in and out…but he came up with…carroll, williamson and nolan tactics ,,,on corners and free kicks….and i dont know why we dont use danny guthrie …he is the first center midfield play maker we had since emre …

  • jimmymagpie

    May 2, 2011 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #14

    Unless there is a radical overhaul, relegation has only been put on ice for 12 months. The overhaul should include getting rid of the 3rd rate manager, who will fill us up with West Ham and Reading players in the summer. Unfortunately, as long as we have the present owner, Pardew is all we’ll get, so prepare for another miserable season.

  • beefman13

    May 2, 2011 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #15

    to be honest if we have all players fit i can only see nolan playing in that position were he proves some use that is just behind the front man, in midfield alone i dont think you get over much from him and he does what smith does give the ball square or backover then tell the player he has given it to what to do with it drives me mad when i see players unwilling to take responsability with the ball in a midfield position, i cant knock him for his goals mainly in early season but he has not contributed much while in midfield and is not even as efefective as guthrie championship standard and smith the same if he is not making those runs in to the box behind the front man, that for me is the only way he effects a game.

  • beefman13

    May 2, 2011 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #16

    i must admit nolans comment when asked what it would mean to have a higher finish in the premier league and he replied it would mean a bigger bonus for him, i hope was said tongue in cheek, if not it is out of order.

  • Nathaaan

    May 2, 2011 at 5:36 PM

    Comment #17

    There’s all these suggestions off team line-ups, but the truth is pardew won’t change it about. He hasn’t really changed it about for a while, he should give ferguson, ranger and maybe kuqi a while longer and possibly a start for them at some point, as it stands the tactics are just not working.

  • gorskino10

    May 2, 2011 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #18


    Ofcourse he had no clue he isnt a good manager, i said to myself during the game
    “If he doesnt change anything at halftime were screwed and he hasnt got a clue”
    And at Half time he didnt do nothing untill Ranger like 70+ Min or so, and putting on Fergusson at the 93rd mintue? what was the point? Pardwho just lived up to his inability on his tactics but we got him in for his experiance with this sort of thing!

    He must look at this teams preformance and see there was no one who bothered to run or scared for the cause, maybe they are tired maybe they aint. but we should pay half youth half first team only players that deserve to be kept was Jonas and Krul and maybe Colo everyone else were terrible.
    Why not play Fergusson at LW? why not put Tavanier in as Danny was useless last few games. why not put Airey in we have nothing else to loose put Airey and Ranger atleast they will work hard.
    if he doesnt do this as a chance to see them in first team action before next season he is beyond stupid. because if we plan to buy they will have even less chances of getting in the team. Also Vuckic is back now should give him sometime if fit.

  • ash1001

    May 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #19

    Its alright saying we should get 6 points from the two home games, before we get anywhere near getting those points, you have to stick the ball in the net, and with whats out there at present the chances are not that good, and since the New Year take away the eight goals against Arsenal and Wolves and we are not even reaching a goal a game, never mind a point a game. Hopefully the top dogs at the club now know in the striking dept we are skint.

  • Billy1985

    May 2, 2011 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #20

    hope he considers to put ben arfa on if fully fit just that alone would worry the defence of the other team they would want to keep in quiet and with them looking after him hopefully will leave a few holes here and there through the game that we can use to our advantage.
    i would pick
    simpson willo colo enrique
    jonas barton ferguson
    hopefully arfa is fit but doubt it why not let ranger try from the start at least he uses his pace and weight unlike shola. i was nt impressed by jose against liverpool but he has to start. if we are getting pressed back by birmingham nolan to get back and help tiote then barton to look to attack if we get a counter attack we need to get a win to be totally safe. even use a couple of young ones which they will want to impress too with no fear that they will just keep onn running and battling

  • Oleg G

    May 2, 2011 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #21

    If this was a realy business, players would be going home after performences like the ones we are having in the last 3 out of 4 games and in general through out this season.

    Schoolboy mistakes? It is ok if a school boy does those, not men, who are paid huge amount of money for a single game in a week.

    This is not the NBA where you have 82 games in a regular season that you can “stay at home” for a couple of days during the season, and where you play 3-4 games a week.

    1 game a week? Mistakes? Why are you making mistakes when you get 20-60K a week???
    A school boy who works in a restaurant for minimum wage (and less) gets fired for mistakes.

    What a joke.

    (I like Jonas, you are the heart of this team, even when he is playing like shit, he are trying, that what counts. I was always behind this player and still am, even with all his flaws ).

  • JP...from The Rock

    May 2, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    Comment #22

    giimps – I couldn’t agree more.

  • Majuro Magpie

    May 2, 2011 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #23

    I really think Pardew showed a lack of tactical nous yesterday. Jonas had the beating of that Flanagan kid everytime, so Daglish switched him, Pardew should have switched Jonas too, took off Lovenkrands, put on Ferguson on the left, Barton and Tiote in the centre and Nolan floating around near Shola. It was almost right in the first half but if Daglish corrects his weakness, Pardew has to react.

  • Charlietoon

    May 2, 2011 at 11:22 PM

    Comment #24

    Actually Gutti did switch to the right a few times in the second half but you know what I prefer to be a – play to our strengths not to their weakness- kinda of guy. Gutti is stronger with Enrique on the left. Just cause they had a shit player on the right does that mean we change the whole system to go after that one guy. Tactics is one thing but you dont want to just be reacting to what the other team does.

  • Brutooon

    May 2, 2011 at 11:39 PM

    Comment #25

    look at Sir Alex Ferguson, the only manager who got the guts to drop the Premierleague TOP scorer to the bench and played Hernandez

    Alan Pardew on the other hand keep on playing the shittest player in the world (AMEOBI) and hand him an automatic selection

  • Geordiedoonsooth

    May 3, 2011 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #26

    He’s right schoolboy errors & the biggest Schoolboy was Williamson I am really sorry but he is usless get Steve Taylor back or we won’t get 1 point never mind 3 from our last 3 games. I would give Airey a chance as well we’ve nothing to lose no one else even looks like scoring

  • Nolan96

    May 3, 2011 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #27

    In my opinion against Birmingham we need aerial bombardment coming from everywhere meaning I would shift Barton into the middle, put Raylor on the right and move Nolan up top. Look back at the Wolves game, Ameobi nodded the ball down brilliantly for Nolan who scored cheekily.


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