Nolan defends 'honest' Taylor

Published Add your comment

Football News

Newcastle skipper Kevin Nolan leapt to the defence of team-mate Ryan Taylor following his sending-off in their 1-1 draw against Bolton.

The former Wigan man received his marching orders for a 54th-minute two-footed tackle on Johan Elmander which left his side facing a lengthy battle to claim a point.

Nolan said: "Ryan being the honest lad he is, we know that he is never going to hurt or try to hurt anybody ever, and I felt for a fellow professional."

That the Magpies ultimately emerged with something to show for their efforts at St James' Park once again spoke volumes about the resilience within the squad.

However, Taylor's premature departure effectively cost them any chance of securing a victory which would have all but ensured their continued presence in the Barclays Premier League.

Manager Alan Pardew was quick to insist he would not punish the 26-year-old further for a challenge he described as "over-zealous" rather than malicious.

And, while Nolan admitted referee Chris Foy had little choice but to produce the red card, he too backed his team-mate.

He said: "Ryan's an honest lad and it was an honest tackle, as far as I am concerned.

"The boy went down like he had been shot, which is not nice because two minutes later, he got up and he was running around like a madman.

"That's what we don't like about it. But at the end of the day, it was two-footed and we have got no complaints."

Copyright (c) PA Sport 2009, All Rights Reserved.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Ryan Taylor
Kevin Nolan
Bolton Wanderers
Premier League
Newcastle United
Wigan Athletic
Johan Elmander
Ryan Taylor

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again