Kevin Nolan

By Dan King

Perhaps the only negative to come out of Saturday's 4-1 win over Wolves was the booking picked up by Kevin Nolan, which will rule him out of Newcastle's next two matches.

The skipper was shown a yellow card after bringing down Adam Hammill in the first half and it was his tenth of the season, meaning he'll miss the trip to Aston Villa and the visit of Manchester United.

And, after scoring his 12th goal of the season at the weekend, he told nufc.co.uk of his disappointment at being sidelined for those two games.

"I was disappointed, but it's one of those things," he said.

"I did try and get out of his way but I did clip the lad with my knee so it was a booking I couldn't argue with.

"But I'm gutted to miss two games now."

Better news for United on the suspension front is the return of Ryan Taylor, who has now served his three-game ban following his red card against Bolton.

Cheik Tiote, meanwhile, served the first game of his two-match ban on Saturday, and will also sit out of the trip to Villa Park, but will be available for the Man United match at St. James' Park.

And James Perch is out of the Villa game following his red card for the Reserves against Manchester United, but he will only miss the one game after the club successfully appealed an initial three-match ban.