Yorkshireman Alan Smith has certainly been talking this week and he talked again to the Evening Chronicle this afternoon. Itâ€™s good to have players fully communicating and Alan seems a good lad whoâ€™s totally committed to the Newcastle cause. He’s talking a whole load of common sense and it’s good he’s speaking out, so some of the news boys know what’s expected from them tomorrow.
Of course we know talk is cheap, but weâ€™ll see tomorrow how much progress the team has made in this last week. The attitude tomorrow will be all important, and with Blackburn haven been soundly beaten 4-0 on Wednesday evening by Aston Villa, an early goal would be a nice start in tomorrow’s game.
Alan Smith – has talked to the press a lot this week
Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe best form of defence is attack.â€ Once you get a few bad results a bit of negativity does creep in. When you concede goals everyone tends to go on the counter-attack and not want to go forward as much because they are worried about what is happening at the back.â€
â€œEverybody has spoken about the talent in the dressing room but it doesnâ€™t match up to our position in the league table.â€ â€œWe have to get back to the mentality we had at the start of the season.â€ â€œWe have good players at the club who can take us back where we belong.â€
Blackburn will be up for the game tomorrow, you can be sure of that, because Mark Hughes will have prepared his players thoroughly, after Wednesdayâ€™s big disappointment. And it may be that the first goal will be all important tomorrow, since both teams are probably fairly low on confidence.
â€œAny game in the Premier League is now a difficult fixture â€“ home or away.â€ â€œOur reaction to what happened against Liverpool is going to be vital in tomorrowâ€™s game.â€ â€œWe have to stand up and be counted. And in the next few weeks and months people will see that.â€
â€œIâ€™ve been in situations like this before at Leeds when you have success and then disappointment.â€ â€œI was relegated with Leeds but Iâ€™m sure players in Unitedâ€™s dressing room will never let that happen.â€
â€œA win tomorrow will put us back in top half of the table and suddenly you are looking in the other direction â€“ thatâ€™s how quickly football can change.â€ â€œThe manager has no power once we cross the white line.â€ â€œItâ€™s down to us. We are a good team and to be in the top half or top six is where we want to be.â€
â€œWe started the season well and then we have caused our own problems through individual errors.â€ â€œIâ€™ve heard people say it is our defense, but it is up to the whole team to defend as a unit all over the pitch,â€
There has been talk about rifts developing in the squad this week, but we think thatâ€™s been created in the media. It’s just the popular press trying their best to make a bad situation that little bit worse. But Sam has a great record of getting his players behind him, and we think itâ€™s nothing more than the press in action again, trying to disrupt things.
Thereâ€™s nothing wrong with the team spirit at Newcastle, nothing at all. What we have to do though, is cut out the silly mistakes at the back. But thereâ€™s nothing much you can do to stop goals like Steven Gerrard scored last Saturday. If we let a goal like that in then so be it, but it will be important to make Blackburn work very hard for whatever goals they get tomorrow, if any.
If we can do that – we have to be in with a chance of winning the game. Well that’s what we are hoping, in any case. 😀
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