Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TITLE WILL PROVE CRITICS WRONG; We've Got a Point to Make: Kev: Title Will Prove Critics Wrong

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

TITLE WILL PROVE CRITICS WRONG; We've Got a Point to Make: Kev: Title Will Prove Critics Wrong

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KEVIN NOLAN feels that lifting the Coca-Cola Championship is the only way to reply to the critics who wrote off Newcastle United after relegation.

The one year anniversary since that fateful day at Villa Park is fast approaching for the Magpies, but unlike last May, Newcastle fans will be sipping champagne this time around.

And with just one point required to seal the title in the next game against Plymouth Argyle - or anything but a West Brom win against Middlesbrough on Saturday night - the Championship trophy will be in United's hands within a week.

The Football League have told United officials that they can be presented with the trophy at Home Park if they seal it next Monday but Newcastle will also parade it at St James' Park in front of a full house against Ipswich Town in the final home game of the season.

Toon ace Nolan told the Chronicle: "All the so-called experts gave us a bit of stick at the start of the season, so to win it would be great. Getting stick was one thing but we just wanted to get on with our job.

"The so-called experts are still knocking us and we haven't even finished this season.

"But we're not bothered by it. "It's about us and making sure we do the right things.

"Hopefully this season we have proved a few doubters wrong.

"We can get 100 points. And if we win the Plymouth game we're champions.

"I know it's a clich but we just take it as it comes, we're not letting up.

"It looks good, but it doesn't do anything for next season. This is only the start of things, and hopefully I can be part of that as well.

"But we just want to get our hands on the trophy now. "We're all coming together now and we're taking it on for next season. "This is hopefully a club that steadily climbs up again. "We're a solid side away from home. We set our stall out and make sure we don't get beaten. …

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