Alan Smith says he has taken his bench duty at Reading right on the chin.
He lost his ever present tag after missing the Tottenham game through a suspension caused by accumulating 5 yellow cards this season.
On Saturday he only started on the bench and Smith, who is extremely competitive, wants to reclaim his starting place at the club.
Alan Smith – hopes to reclaim starting place at Newcastle
Smith, is hoping for a start when Newcastle take on Portsmouth at St James’ Park this Saturday, having left Manchester United because he didnâ€™t get enough playing time at the huge Lancashire club.
Smith told the Evening Chronicle this afternoon:
“I definitely hope to start the next game,” “I want to play every game â€“ I didn’t come here not to play.â€
“I feel I’m good enough to play in this team, and the manager knows how I feel.â€ “When you have been suspended and the team has won, you have to take it on the chin. You then have to get on with it.â€
“It’s only made me more determined to do well for Newcastle.”
The Reading defeat was the fourth away defeat in a row for Newcastle but the black and whites are still unbeaten at St James’ and we must keep that going against Portsmouth. Pompey are probably the best team so far to visit St. James’ Park this season, and have many star players.
“We’re up and down at the moment. We’ve had games against West Ham when we’ve won, then Man City (a 3-1 loss).â€ “Of course we beat Everton and Spurs, and then we go to Reading and lose.â€
“It looked like we were a totally different team at Reading.â€ “Nobody can put their finger on it, but collectively as a team we must work on that and make sure we come out the other side.â€
“Portsmouth are a good team and they have some good players.â€ “It’ll be difficult, but we don’t fear anybody â€“ especially at St James’s Park.â€
“Our away games have been bad and that means your home games become more and more vital.â€ “You can’t keep relying on your home form to get us out of trouble.”
When Smith came on last Saturday he made a big difference, and provided more bite in the tackle. Weâ€™d really like to see him start on Saturday. Heâ€™s only been used up-front once and with Viduka looking very doubtful we see no reason why Big Sam will not start him up front with Owen or Martins.Â Certainly that’s his best position and he had lots of success there at Leeds United, partnering Mark Viduka.
Alan is a good footballer and a great team player â€“ and weâ€™re pleased to have him at Newcastle and think he can do very well. But he must start on Saturday to give some balance to our attack – and we just have to capture all 3 points on offer.Â Then things should look a little better after our terrible capitulation at Reading.