Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nol tops poll

Congratulations to Kevin Nolan who has been named the Championship's star player in the annual FourFourTwo Awards. Voted for by magazine readers and players/managers, they recognise the best players in the Football League.

Also making it in to the top 50 were Steve Harper, Steven Taylor, Alan Smith and Leon Best.

Notable omissions Enrique, Coloccini and Spidermag can all feel themselves hard done to, as can our current striking partnership of Bigger Lad and Lovenkrands - although the fact that voting takes place in February means that their current hot streaks in front of goal were too late for the voters (and presumably also explains Leon Best's inclusion based on his early season Coventry form rather than anything he's so far shown in a Toon shirt).

Of our promotion-chasing rivals, both West Brom and Forest also had five players each in the top 50, with Baggies midfielder Graham Dorrans finishing second behind Nolan in the overall standings.

That so many of our players were recognised, and that a good case could be made for at least a further five of their teammates being included, demonstrates how we've managed to get ourselves into our current league position, and stands as testament to the work done by Messrs Hughton and Calderwood, and the galvanising effects of the meeting which followed our infamous capitulation to Leyton Orient back in July.


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