Newcastle have three first team players born in Liverpool, Ryan Taylor, Joey Barton and captain Kevin Nolan.
Newcastle’s excellent captain – Liverpudlian Kevin Nolan
The first two support Everton, and of course Kevin Nolan supports Liverpool, but it will be a big game for both Joey Barton (if fit) and Kevin on Saturday, when Everton come to town.
Unfortunately Ryan Taylor is suspended for the next three games, which is a pity given his fine form in Saturday’s game before he was sent off. Ryan at least proved he can play the Joey Barton role and take the free kicks and corners, and he was very good at that on Saturday.
Kevin Nolan talked today about playing against top clubs, and Everton on Saturday, although the Toffees are having a very tough season so far in this campaign:
“It’s special when you play against top, top clubs,” “I grew up in a city, Liverpool, where football’s massive, it’s like this place. You’re either a blue or a red.”
“I remember saying to Andy Carroll when we were warming up at Goodison Park earlier this season, these are the places I love playing – Goodison Park and Anfield.” “We sometimes lose there but I love it. It’s great when you see Everton coming and I’m going to be playing against them.”
“I’ll have all the Evertonians ringing me this week, giving me a bit of stick, it’s nice,” “I have all the banter and I just want to do well. Hopefully we will.”
“It’s one of those games you look forward to because you know there will probably be about 40 lads in the crowd, at least, who I’m going to know and say hello to after the game.”
“They’ll probably stay up and have a pint at the end. It’s always nice when you do things like that and you’ve got friends and family who are Evertonians.”
“My Granddad, for instance, he was an Evertonian. He was the only one in our family. Now he’s black-and-white through and through.” “You get that a lot in families.” “You get brothers who are one Liverpool, one Everton.”
We have to say we’re pleased that Kevin’s Granddad finally came to his senses – that’s good news.
Bolton Wanderers had a poor away record in the league, so we were really hoping for all 3 points last Saturday, although we got a good draw at the end of the day and were again a bit unlucky not to get the win, given the chances we had in that first half.
But with just a little luck in those first 35 minutes, if we had been three goals up, it would have been a fair reflection of the play, with Newcastle dominant and carving out the chances.
Everton are 3 points behind Newcastle with a game in hand, and have won only two of their 14 away games in the league, and drawn seven so have 13 points from those 14 games on the road.
A draw would be a decent result for Newcastle we suppose, but we just have to try to get onto a winning streak, if we are to improve our position of 9th in the league.
Newcastle are close to the three teams above them in the league, and just 3 points short of Liverpool in 6th place, and we have a better goal difference too.
So as Alan Pardew said yesterday, Newcastle still have everything to play for this season, and we hope for a little luck on Saturday, something that we’ve hardly had all season.
The pundits tell us that the luck evens up over a full season, so when is it going to even up for Newcastle?