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!!