Kinnear Puts A Leash On Nolan!

Last updated : 02 February 2009 By Footy Mad - Editor
Joe Kinnear: "Kevin's scored 50-odd goals, but he had to sit with Nicky Butt because we had two offensive attacking wingers

"The two full backs - Taylor and Enrique - were crucial to us. They had the freedom of the park because they play narrow.

"Taylor gets down one side and gets the penalty, and Enrique caused them all sorts of problems in the second half.

"It was a game I felt we could have won. We stuck in there first half, and were magnificent in the second half.

"I'm pleased with the second-half performance considering the players we had out.

"We'd have loved to have had Joey Barton, Michael Owen and Habib Beye still on board.

"It would have been game, set and match. We'd be a force for any team.

"When you've not got those players, you've got to make sure the people replacing them are up for a fight as well."