Kevin Nolan: We must bounce back

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KEVIN Nolan will always be grateful to Chris Hughton for making him Newcastle captain.

But he says leading the team out at the Stadium of Light on Sunday will be no different to any other game.

“It’s a proud moment every time, whether it’s at Stevenage, the Stadium of Light or St James’s Park,” Nolan said.

“I can’t thank Chris Hughton enough for giving me the captaincy

“I love it – I know what it means to people, and I want them to know it means so much to me to lead this team out.

“I was at the forefront of what happened (the 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Stevenage), but I’m not going to hide from it, and hopefully we can put it right with a great performance.

“It was great getting the hat-trick in the last game but I don’t care who scores this time as long as we get the right result.

“If I can help the team with a goal, then great, but it’s all about the result.”

The defeat at Stevenage was undoubtedly the lowpoint of the season so far, the League Two side deservedly booking their place in the FA Cup’s fourth round.

“It’s just good we’re not having lows in the Premier League – that’s the only positive we can possibly take out of it,” added Nolan.

“We’ve got to make sure we respond well. We take it on the chin, pat them on the back for a great win and we get back to the drawing board. Basically, in the second half it wasn’t good enough, and we all know that.

“We’re not going to hide from it. We’ll take the criticism like men, and get on with it.

“There’s no better game, probably. They got beat as well, so they’ll have their backs up too. It’ll make for a nice entertaining game on Sunday.”