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Smith – Newcastle Fans Unreal at Blackburn

10:51 am, Monday, December 3rd, 2007 by Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

Alan Smith was included in the team on Saturday, but surprisingly replaced Mark Viduka up front.

In retrospect, it was clear why Sam wanted him in the team, because you can rely on Alan to give a committed performance, even when he’s not particularly playing well.

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Alan Smith - we gave everything we had on Saturday

After Joey Barton’s criticism of Newcastle’s support on Saturday morning, the almost 7,000 traveling Geordies at Ewood Park were little short of magnificent in the way they supported their team. The game against Blackburn turned out to be a cracker, especially in the second half.

Now Alan Smith is hoping for a similar atmosphere on Wednesday evening, when Newcastle face the daunting task of confronting the in-form Premier League leaders Arsenal, who seem to be able to score at will these days.

Smith talked today of the Newcastle United support:

“The fans were unreal at Blackburn – people go on about the Newcastle support but you don’t grip it until you’re playing for them.” “If we go out and give 100 per cent like that, they’ll back us to the hilt.”

“We wanted to make sure we played with passion and pride and everyone saw the reaction from the fans at the end.”  “We gave everything we had and I hope that they’ll get behind us again against Arsenal.”

The Newcastle team will get that support on Wednesday evening, but the players need to reciprocate. Although we played well on Saturday we didn’t get anything out of the game, and have taken just a single point from the last 15 available. So it’s important we get something out of the Arsenal game, at least to build up our confidence for Birmingham City at home on Saturday. We’ll definitely need all 3 points at that game.

Comments very welcome.



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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 paul the pom // Dec 3, 2007 at 11:20 AM

    smith actually looked like he knew what he was doing on saturday.he’s a forward so give him another couple or 3 games there.he harrassed their defenders all game which is more than fat dukes or owen have done all year

  • 2 steve c // Dec 3, 2007 at 11:23 AM

    Geordies have always been able to put up with being beaten as long as we see the team are showing the same commitment as we have over the history of this great club.

  • 3 ToonKing // Dec 3, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    is it only Monday today ???…………. :( damn……….can’t wait for the Gooners to get humped ;)

  • 4 indian toon // Dec 3, 2007 at 11:26 AM

    we badly need viduka up front. the guy can hold up the ball for long. thats what we need if playin long balls. nowadays we are loosing too much possesion and givin away easy balls for them to counter attack.

  • 5 Leo // Dec 3, 2007 at 11:53 AM

    totally agree with you paul the pom. give smudge the chance up front, both games (everton and blackburn) he played in that position and looked really good. he gave the defence a hard time by always trying to be amongst the ball, unlike viduka and owen.

    i think the smith oba combo would work if it is given a chance, hope it is…

  • 6 yet_another_indian_toon // Dec 3, 2007 at 12:09 PM

    Agree with you Leo, Oba-Smith could be worth a try…

    Big Sam hasnt found the perfect combo yet, and is working towards it… let’s see how he puts his team out on Wed.

  • 7 Hammy // Dec 3, 2007 at 12:14 PM

    My mate went to the game on Saturday and said it was a great day out even though we lost….the away fans are a great bunch of supporters and cheer the team regardless.
    Agree that Smiths best position is upfront, he’s not a prolific scorer, but he works hard and is always pressurising the defenders……The Duke is great on his day, but he can look uninterested at times…, I’d go with Smith and Martins against the gooners.

  • 8 bobby ollox // Dec 3, 2007 at 12:30 PM

    well said steve c – its what the rest of the world find it hard to believe about Newcastle.
    Of course we want to win, but it isnt the be all and end all to us
    I would rather see us get beat 4:3 to Liverpool again, than some of the shite served up this season.

  • 9 adaaaam // Dec 3, 2007 at 12:32 PM

    defo- smith and oba, they compliment eachother nicely

  • 10 bobby // Dec 3, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    to all the fair weather fans!!! i suggest you read this article and come back on here to discuss.

    http://www.true-faith.co.uk/html/tbawe.htm

    it is your duty to support the team! i ask you all do you wish to have some cheese with that whine?

    supporters support their team!! remember your duty!

    much loce from a loyal soldier of the toon army

  • 11 bobby // Dec 3, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    muxh love i meant! :)

  • 12 bobby // Dec 3, 2007 at 1:07 PM

    much love… ha ha.. blonde moment.

  • 13 STEPHEN14 // Dec 3, 2007 at 1:45 PM

    I was at the game on saturday and if the team tried like that every week then you don’t mind getting beat. Blackburn had 3 shots and scored 3 goal and didn’t deserve the win but thats football. It was a decent performance and the 7000 members of the toon army were superb, if the players showed as much heart as the supporters we’d win the league every year!

  • 14 ObaFan2 // Dec 3, 2007 at 1:48 PM

    Bobby interesting article but:

    Things have changed alot since 91/92 mainly the fact that MOST players now are paid huge amounts of money and we’ve been dissapointed so many times by players turning up for their wage packets but not the game.

    IMO this is why Barton says what he said because we have played terribly,embarssingly bad at times and the crowd are letting nufc know in the only way they know how.

    As you see from Saturday if our players play with desire or commitment the Toon Army is right behind them…..always have been always will.

    So Mr Barton IMO you only have yourselves to blame……see the difference IE. play badly get a bad reaction, play with pride and you’ll have 52,000 cheering for you every home game or 6-7k away from home.

    I’m one of many posters here who just want to see a good game, I enjoyed the game on Saturday which has been one of only a few this season where we played well……… well better :)

    BSA han’t helped much with his team and formation selections, I only hope he’s learnt from his mistakes and experimenting looking for his best team.

    So NUFC give the fans something to get behind and they’ll be there every time.

  • 15 ToonKing // Dec 3, 2007 at 2:34 PM

    Brilliant article, everyone should read that and then stare at himself in the mirror and change he’s booing ways (those that need too), and let’s get behind the Most United team in the world, Newcastle United.

  • 16 valle // Dec 3, 2007 at 3:09 PM

    Bobby… GREAT STUFF MATE!!!

    Thas exactly the message ive tried to get through here. I couldnt agree more and it came just at the right time, since allot of users on this forum can make me think if we have hope of reaching that kind of support again (some have even been a disgrace, need I a say a name?)… I must add tho, that my hat goes off for the away supporters from the blackburn game… u guys saved our reputation

  • 17 ChrisL // Dec 3, 2007 at 4:47 PM

    Yup, good spot Bobby.

  • 18 Andy4kin // Dec 4, 2007 at 6:52 AM

    nice one Bobby,let’s get behind our team!




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