Nolan issues NUFC rallying call, again!

Nolan asks for fan backing.
It’s Monday morning, and Newcastle lost at the weekend, which means that it’s time for Kevin Nolan’s weekly words of wisdom as he looks to placate the fans of NUFC.

Now after being at the game on Saturday and having to watch what our lads had to offer, or not as was the case, I’m certainly in no mood to be placated by our captain. What I would prefer is for the lot of them to shut up and concentrate on putting things right against Wolves at the start of April!

The gravity of the situation is not lost on the fans in my opinion and the vast majority of us understand that we are currently sailing too close the wind of the relegation zone. We know we have a part to play and when it comes to kick-off time at the ground, whether that be St James’ Park or anywhere else, I have no doubt that the fans will play their part.

However, the players have to play their part in the proceedings as well. I understand that we are currently carrying a boatload of injuries and, as I said my match report, I don’t think that the Stoke game was a 4-0 game, but I still don’t think the level of performance was acceptable. Some of the goals came from schoolboy errors, and that just isn’t good enough in my book. Errors happen, but it doesn’t make them acceptable.

Nolan told The Journal:

“We have a two week break now which is the last thing we want. We are certainly not happy about this. We will start to work it out on the training ground on Monday.”

“Never mind being dragged into the relegation fight, we were never out of it. Simple as. We were never getting carried away. Anyone can put together a two or three game winning run and that is what teams have started to do. We have had an unfortunate run with a few bits and bobs, but we know the position we are in.”

Well start playing like it then! One win in ten is not good enough. What was supposed to be a relatively easy task of coasting towards safety without having to pull up any trees has turned into a race against time. Newcastle have to pick up points soon or else we will be right in the mire, and that process must start with a home game against Wolves who have found a bit of form of late. Nolan continued:

“I am very disappointed and it is a very disappointed dressing room. I’m devastated for the fans who have travelled all this way and seen that. I can only apologise and hope we can put it right against Wolves in a couple of weeks.”

“We are all big enough and accountable, there is not one man who is going to take the blame on his own. We are in it together, We hope the fans stick with us. It is going to be tough. We have had a few scrapes and heavy defeats, but the fans are going to be key to us staying up. We were concerned before the game and we are concerned now.”

Newcastle can ease those concerns quite a bit with a return to winning ways against Wolves. It won’t be easy though as we seem to struggle at home, and when that is combined with the pressure that the players will be under it will only make things tougher.

The fans will be there in their numbers again, and they will get behind the team if they start showing some fight and desire. I actually believe that we’ll be alright, but it’s turning out to be a much harder task than it should have been!

And as for Nolan, let your feet do the talking!

75 thoughts on “Nolan issues NUFC rallying call, again!

  1. Are the chickens coming home to roost?

    Just hope we’ve got enough to get us another couple of wins. It won’t be easy, if you’ve only won 1 in 10 your confidence is bound to be shot to pieces.

    The likes of WH, Wolves, Wigan and WBA have been down there a while now and are fighting hard. We on the other hand have just drifted there and it’ll be hard to just turn it round at the drop of a hat.

    It’s fair to say, I’m a little concerned.

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  2. Come on, Toonsy: it’s the captain’s job to make a statement at a time like this. I think if he’d stayed schtum he’d get even more stick.

    Easy to say when I didn’t have to actually witness the fustercluck on Saturday, mind. You have my sympathies.

    I remember losing to Stoke 2 seasons ago and my QPR-supporting mate saying “you’re going down – that’s relegation form”. I hate it when he’s right.

    What worries me most is that I think what is broken can’t be fixed this season. Sacking CH put a big hole in the team spirit that had us over-achieving up to that point. Selling Carroll – and yes, I’m going to say it again – opened it up into a festering wound, which was evident on Saturday. The belief has gone, and AP’s limitations compared to CH’s abilities to garner spirit are there to see.

    Dammit. I hate being this pessimistic!

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  3. Whumpie – I wouldn’t mid if he only saved it for situations like this, but every week he asks the fane to back them and it’s starting to annoy me.

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  4. Does anyone honestly expect us to get anything against Wolves? I honestly can’t see it.

    (Nolan’s right about the fixtures, btw – utterly spactardic.)

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  5. i think our team is still better than most in this division but pardew has lost the dressing room and its plain to see

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  6. I fully expect us to beat Wolves, They aint great.

    It reminds me of when Wham rolled up and that prick Parker was letting his gob run, They were unbeaten in 4 an all… 🙄

    With Enrique, Barton, Jonas, Best and Ireland hopefully getting themsels fit or fitter we’ll win.

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  7. batty
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 10:26 AM
    whumpie @ 8 of course i expect us too beat wolves why shouldnt we

    Blackpool, Blackburn, Stoke, Wigan, Fulham and Everton would suggest otherwise.

    Normally I’d be pretty confident about our home games but this season we’ve been so poor.

    Remember the last time we were relegated, we were relying on three home games against Middlesbrough, Fulham and Portsmouth – it turned out we only won one of them and it cost us in the end. Hope the same doesn’t happen again.

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  8. McCarthy has a great ability of gearing his team up to have a go at a wounded animal.

    I remember Liverpool being on the ropes under Woy and Wolves battered them for 90 minutes.

    No doubt they will target Joey again and he lost his head a bit towards the end against Stoke…

    Being honest though, out of all the teams we could be playing next, Wolves would be in my top 3.

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  9. ok you have all changed my mind weve lost 2 games were fooked the results against blackburn birmingham bolton with 10 men count for nowt championship here we come 🙂

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  10. “we were relying on three home games against Middlesbrough, Fulham and Portsmouth”

    we took 4 points and that wasnt enough last time, Were not in the same situation 4 points takes us to 40 (technically 41 with goal difference) Fulham also were on route to finishing 7th, West Brom/Brum/Wolves/Blackpool/Villa certainly arent on that level.

    We probably need a win and a draw or two…

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  11. I tell who not many people have mentioned but the way there going they could be going down and that will be the owners fault.. Blackburn! With them though I find it funny 😆

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  12. Depends who we have available for Wolves, Enrique looks a doubt and Tiote is defo out after picking up his 10th yellow

    We desperately need a win to happen soon as another loss and we’re right in it, our current run is real relegation form although we’ve been lucky that a few teams who were seemingly ‘safe’ are also having bad runs at the mo.
    A loss against Wolves will be hard to take

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  13. I’m not saying we can’t beat Wolves – and yep, I’m glad it’s them next – but something pretty major has to happen in that dressing room if we’re to do it. We should have some players back, hopefully – I think the injuries are 50% of the problem.

    The one huge up-side of the situation is Ferguson, who’s been a revelation. I think AP should look at the option of putting Jonas on the RW now to plug that gaping hole AP opened up by his own stupidity in January.

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  14. Looking 2 weeks ahead, we’ll probably still be missing Ireland, Tiote, Raylor… anyone else apart from the standard list of long-termers?

    But perhaps we’ll have Jose and Jonas fit, along with a few who played but weren’t really fit and sharp, like Barton, and Ranger. Best should be back too… anyone else?

    We know Guthrie can fill in for Cheik… hmm. Starting to look a bit better to me now. 🙂

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  15. Dan4Toon has a good point – there are still teams with an even worse trajectory than us. 4 more points won’t do it now, though – I think we’ll need 6 to be safe. Even our awful form recently delivers just enough points, but with no breathing space…

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  16. alreet lads any1 know how 2 change ya password on here? its gave me a mad long password and i would never remember it lol

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  17. AHHHH is tiote out again???? wey when you think about it i would rather him be out now so we get him back for the last 7 games or summit

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  18. imagine if we go down with 35 million !!! that would be just typical!! i think pardue needs 2 play ranger more , lovenkrands doesnt seem 2 try as much as ranger like

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  19. Yep, seems nobody’s explained the definition of “legal tackle” to him. Or the ref. To be honest, he’s looked well off the boil for several games recently and has made some costly mistakes. Sorry to speak ill of everyone’s ‘player-du-jour’ and all…

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  20. Am sure Big Sam will have a little chuckle if Blackburn do go down!

    Also Blackpool away is 60 loyalty points 😯

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  21. I think I’ve already bored everyone with my reasons as to why £35m was a false economy; sadly, so far it looks like my fears may well be realised. The phrase “hate to say I told you so” comes to mind; cos I really do. 🙁

    Hardly the cohesive, passionate and respected team of early January, is it? Distinct “wheels off” feel about everything since the 31st, and at the heart of it I suspect are players setting up their escape routes for summer instead of thinking about how they can do their bit for the team. We know what happened the last time it was like that…

    God, I’m a miserable git today!! Soz. 😳

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  22. Tiote has lost the ball in dangerous situations a few times; usually trying to take on too many players instead of getting a pass out. And getting booked every game is hardly helpful right now.

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  23. blackburn wont go down mate , i think wigan , wolves and someone else will be down HOPEFULLY NOT THE BLACK N WHITES

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  24. aye he has like , ive seen that whumpie , he trys 2 take people on when he should just be getting it blasted up the field

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  25. Whumpie, the only player I think doesn’t really want to be here and is thinking about the summer is Enrique.

    Also vs Wolves we will have Ireland and Best back and I fancy one of them to sneak a goal past Mick’s lot 😉

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  26. Whumpie
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 11:48 AM

    You’re right, Whumpie. If anybody doesn’t think that the likes of Barton and Enrique aren’t having indirect conversations with other clubs their blind or naive.

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  27. I was just walking in the woods and it came to me that MA is a famous gambler. To me, there are two types of gamblers, the ones that gamble and the ones that only bet on sure things. I wonder if the owner is not of the risky side of it. NUFC has purchased or taken loans on crocked players and brought in some frees hoping to find a team. All that is risky in my opinion, and at this moment, the bets are not paying off. Does that mean that MA owns the team as a gamble and the stakes are that they remain in the EPL? And does he further tempt fate by bringing in such a roster that it may or may not be healthy enough to play, or have the legs left to make a contribution? And if NUFC stays up, will MA consider it a successful season and risk it again next year?

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  28. No idea on Benny, but it’s not looking good. Have to assume he’s out, but they’re clearly desperate enough to play a load of half-crocked players right now, as per Saturday.

    That’s not what worries me; it’s the familiar whiff of a team that’s feeling shaken up, uncertain of their roles, uncertain of their future and especially uncertain of whether they’re at the right club for their careers. I hope I’m reading far too much into it, but it just feels too much the same point in the season 2 years ago. Back then we had a better team on paper, but couldn’t beat an egg.

    The key point about the latest loss is that it was that tipping point where we were no longer looking upward. To a player who could be in Europe with another club right now, that could be the last straw regardless of whether we stay up now.

    Of course, we could now go out and get twelve points from our last 7 games… 😆

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  29. im not sure if its just me but newcastle are one of the most unpredictable teams ive ever known!!! one day they can give the best performance ever by a top quality team then we get hammerd off a non league team not mentioning no neams COUGH COUGH STEVENAGE!!!

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  30. I dunno like I reckon as long as they turn up and show some fight I will be happy if we get a point in the next 3 games rather than a win in one. Have to think that we will be able to beat one of these bottom teams at home if we play well enough. A West Ham type score would be nice to settle the nerves but just 3 points will do. Even West Ham are really fighting at the min though and picking up loads of points. Why is it that these crap teams can battle and scrap and our lads always seem to bottle it.

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  31. Thought Benny Boy was targeting Wolves as his come back?

    Think we bloody need him so I would be more bothered about this season than next. No point looking after him for next season if we’re going to be selling him…

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  32. why did pardue say benny was back for wolves then when he wasnt sure??? 4 god sake pardue keep your gob shut

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  33. Army69
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    “cheers toonsy bud , how are you today?”

    Not bad mate. Yourself? 🙂

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  34. You and about a million others, Army69. I think it’s no coincidence that Newcastle has a reputation for drinking hard… :mrgreen:

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  35. toonsy
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:16 PM
    Army69
    Posted March 21, 2011 at 12:07 PM

    “cheers toonsy bud , how are you today?”

    Not bad mate. Yourself
    im top of the pops bud lol

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  36. DJG: “Our lads always seem to bottle it” – I disagree with that; it’s a recent thing. I think up to Feb our team had more spirit and bottle than most and it’s how we got up to 8th. Suddenly it’s gone and we’re dropping fast.

    It could be temporary this time, of course…

    One win and three draws would be fine for me. Unfortunatly that’s actually quite a tall order at the moment.

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  37. I think we’ll end up on 42. Whether that’ll be enough is down to others, obviously – but I think 17th may need higher than that with the odd way things are going.

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  38. Feck it, why did they have to screw it all up?? Things were great right up to when CH went, and they’ve been going the wrong way ever since. What makes it so daft is that everything that’s happening was predicted at the time; why are they surprised??

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  39. Whumpie – Top right, under the search bar where it says Welcome ………..

    If it doesn’t say profile it will say dashboard or summit 🙂

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  40. One win in 10 is relegation form whichever way you look at it. The only reason we’ve not dropped more places is that we were above a bit of a gap. Now we’re at the top of a big stack on similar points, so 11th is a lot less secure than 9th was.

    We are now 27 points from the top. And SIX from the bottom.

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  41. kuqi is looking like a fantastic emergency player 4 us mind!!!! hahahaha pardue ya toooooootally clueless

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  42. It really doesn’t feel like 1 win out of 10 for some reason to me… I know we’ve been poor recently and had some tough fixtures but that statistic is actually quite shocking…three wins will see us safe, so hopefully wolves and brummies at SJP and push the boat out for a 6-0 at anfield? 😀

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  43. CC – No. But if you want to change passwords and what not then you need to log in to be able to do that kind of thing.

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  44. Yep i forgot i did it when you first set the site up, Doesnt really do owt unless i want blue or grey bits on me screen

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  45. Or unless you want to change a password, like Army69 asked and why all this talk came about.

    You may not need it now, but in the future it could come in handy 😉

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  46. : mrgreen: om ani padme hung!What happened to the Man U match?Cannot longer find it in the fixtures.

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