Alan Smith is honored to captain Newcastle United â€“ and Alan has not captained all three clubs he has played for. Itâ€™s easy to see why â€“ Alan is the consummate team player and gives 100% every game.
Alan Smith – honored to be Captain of Newcastle United
Smith did make the first goal for fellow former Leeds team mate Mark Viduka, and weâ€™d like to see both of them as strikers in Wednesdayâ€™s game at Wigan, which we have to win.
Smith talked to the Newcastle Evening Chronicle immediately after yesterdayâ€™s disappointing game against Derby County:
â€œItâ€™s a massive honor for myself.â€ â€œI have captained all three clubs Iâ€™ve been at â€“ Leeds United, Manchester United and obviously Newcastle now.â€â€œAs a captain, you know whatâ€™s necessary. You know whatâ€™s wanted from yourself and what you can demand from others. Thatâ€™s part of growing up as a footballer.â€
â€œPeople see you as someone who other people can follow. Itâ€™s not about ranting and raving. Itâ€™s about playing with a commitment and a desire that other people want to follow themselves.â€
â€œYou set an example for everyone else.â€ â€œWearing the armband gives you that extra lift. Itâ€™s not like youâ€™re carrying the rest of the team, but you are the focal point, because youâ€™re wearing the armband.” â€œYouâ€™ve got to make sure youâ€™re giving 100% week-in, week-out, and not let your standards drop.â€
Smith, as you might expect, took heart from the fact that United never gave up, scoring a late goal for the third successive game. But they should never have let themselves get behind twice to a team who had previously only scored one goal away from home in its previous 9 away games.
“It was disappointing not to win, but I think in the last couple of games at home â€“ against Arsenal and Birmingham â€“ weâ€™ve kept going right to the death. And against Derby we played in fits and starts.â€“We keep giving ourselves a lot to do, because we conceded so early in the game. It upset the rhythm of our play. We were on the back foot and had to throw everything at them to score.â€
“Weâ€™re not stupid, we know we have to beat Derby County at home. If weâ€™re going to take hope or any positives from the game, we did keep going right to the death.”
Alan’s right about going until the very end, and with a little luck we could have won the game, but we can’t complain with the luck we’ve had in the last few games.
The other thing we like about Alan is that he’s a straight talker, which is not surprising since he’s a Yorkshireman, born in Rothwell, Leeds in October, 1980. One thing we’d like to see from Alan at Wigan on Wednesday is a goal. He has yet to score a competitive goal for Newcastle, and there’s no time like the present. The present of course being at 3:00 pm at Wigan on Wednesday, Boxing Day.
Go for it Alan. 😀
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