Kevin Nolan backs Newcastle to recover

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Captain Kevin Nolan believes Newcastle United will have no problem bouncing back from a comprehensive season opening defeat to Manchester United.

The Magpies were left under no illusions about the size of the task facing them back in the Premier League when they lost 3-0 at Old Trafford on Monday evening.

Chris Hughton's side have been tipped to struggle in the top-flight this season following a lack of investment in the squad that won the Championship title last term.

However, midfielder Nolan has dismissed suggestions that the bruising defeat to United could have a lasting effect.

"We always bounced back last year," he said ahead of Sunday's visit of Aston Villa to St James' Park.

"Of course, we're talking different leagues, but the strength of the team was that we always looked forward and never dwelled on a bad result so we're not going to start doing that now.

"Don't get me wrong, there is a massive gap between the leagues, but what happened last year was that we came together as a squad and a city and presented a united front.

"We will get a few tonkings in this league as everyone does – even the big teams have off-days – but it is how you bounce back that counts."

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