Fifty Not Out For Nobby
Written by Newcastle Utd
Kevin Nolan hits his 50th Premier League goal, but cut short his celebrations against former side Bolton
By Anthony Marshall
Kevin Nolan hit a landmark goal against Bolton on Saturday and shows no sign of stopping.
But despite the personal achievement of netting his 50th Premier League goal, the midfielder cut short his trademark chicken dance celebration.
Playing against his former employers, Nolan headed home the opener and launched into his regular routine - the 11th time it has been showcased this season - before quickly remembering who his opponents were.
But he went on to pay tribute to the Newcastle fans, who have taken the skipper into their hearts over the last couple of years.
"I didn't really know about it until somebody mentioned it this week," said Nolan, of bringing up the half-century.
"But there's no better occasion than to do it in a game between the two clubs I scored them all for.
"I'm delighted with it, it's a nice achievement, and hopefully there's a few more to come now.
"I had the excitement of scoring and knowing it was my 50th, but then I realised and gave a bit of respect to the people who supported me and helped me so much when I was at Bolton - I can't thank them enough for everything.
"But the support I've received since I've come here, and the way the fans have been with me and took me is incredible. That's why I was blowing them kisses and giving them everything I possibly could.
"I didn't want to be over-celebrating, but I wanted them to know I appreciate everything they've done since I've been here."
Having already passed double figures this season Nolan has exceeded his own expectations in front of goal, and the 28-year-old sees no reason why he can't get to at least 15.
"I don't see why not, but let's see how it goes," he said.
"I had a marker in my head at the start of this season and have surpassed that. I've put another marker in my head for this season so am aiming for that now."