Smudge – We Have to Stop Shooting Ourselves In The Foot

Alan Smith thinks Newcastle are sometimes their own worst enemies and have to stop shooting themselves in the foot if they are to progress up the league. He also knows it’s a massive honor to be captain of Newcastle United, and he’s right there.


Alan Smith – massive honor to be Captain of Newcastle United

Smith says that the Newcastle dressing room had an air of defeat following a game from which Newcastle should have taken the full 3 points. Certainly it was like a defeat for the fans.

Smith told Newcastle World TV.

“It’s disappointing because we came here with great expectations that we would extend our winning run,” “But we keep shooting ourselves in the foot really and have given them the best possible start.”

“We’ve battled hard to get back into the game and I think everyone can see how hard we’ve worked in recent games as well.” “We’ve had to come back from a goal down twice and you can see how much commitment and passion we’ve got in that dressing room.”

“But we make no excuses, we should have won against Derby and it’s extremely disappointing to only get a draw – if you’re not down after a game like this then there is something wrong.”

“We came in the dressing room and you look around and I said to the lads that it felt like a defeat.” “We know Mark will score goals and he is of massive value to us.” “He’s only been out of the team recently because we’ve played so well in the previous games but he’s come back in and took his chance.”

Smith was captain yesterday and will probably lead out the team when captain Geremi goes off to the African Cup of Nations in early January.

Smith continued about how honored he was to lead out the side yesterday:

“It’s a massive honor to captain Newcastle United,” “This football club has had great captains over the years and has a lot of tradition.” “It’s not a burden and it’s something I have wanted to do since I came here.

“It’s a role whereby if you lead and set an example then others will follow.” “I’d love to captain the side in January and it’s a role I enjoy and would be more than happy to take on.”

Smith certainly identifies with Newcastle fans big time, and it’s not surprising to us that he wants to be the captain of the side. He plays in guts and glory kind of way and you can never accuse Smudge of not giving 100% every game. He set up Mark Viduka’s first goal for Newcastle yesterday, and once we had scored that equalizer we thought we’d be OK. How wrong can you be?

Comments very welcome.

7 comments so far

  • ObaFan2

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #1

    It seems to me that the players see the game as 2 points dropped whereas BSA’s spin see’s it as 4 game unbeaten run !!!!!!!!!!

    I know who i agree with !

    Hopefully with Duff back we can play a more reliable and attacking 442. Who has played well enough to deserve a shirt? here is my opinion:

    Shay or Harper (Shay just gets the nod)
    Beye solid performances at rb and getting better.
    Taylor cb (he’s no rb)
    Faye cb (when fit) Cacapa when not?
    Zog lb (this will allow him to partner Duff on the left) maybe also cm lm as he has probably been our most consistent player all season but whats happened to Enrique?

    Milner rm
    Duff lm

    Oba (centre of attack not right wing)
    Duke/Owen (when/if ever fit)

    So imo the team nearly picks itself but there are problems across the middle. In an ideal world it would be Emre and Barton but after yesterdays peformance Barton has let himself and the fans down…….. pedestrian at best !!!! Then there’s Butt who has been ok but also been responsible for some bad play too. Geremi ? captain ? jury’s still out. Smith definately not mf plz.

    On paper the team seems good, on the pitch it’s not always…….. BSA stop messing with your mindgame tactics and let this team gel in more orthodox positions and let the back 4 (5 inc Shay) get used to playing as a unit. Once the team has become a unit then you can tinker and mess with odd positions.

    2 more games until the transfer window opens, will be interesting to see if BSA earns any transfer money.

  • Indian toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #2

    drop barton and play emre . barton was crap yesterday. play 4-4-2 and on the ground and we will finish inside the top half of the table.

  • steve

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #3

    “He’s only been out of the team recently because we’ve played so well in the previous games but he’s come back in and took his chance.”

    WTF – which games were these then, have we been playing behind closed doors, this is a f*ckin joke – sorry smudge you can f*ck off with that fat sam tw@t

  • AlexW

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #4

    smudge worthy captain, and i think a good player,

  • Tom_Toon

    Dec 24, 2007 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Waste of money, space, time, effort waste of everything.

  • Tom

    Dec 24, 2007 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #6

    can i just say that although yesterdays performance was generally terrible and a lot of blame has to go on the manager, habib beye was outstanding at right back and looks like a really solid player.

  • Eve

    Dec 24, 2007 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #7

    The difference of peoples opinion of Smudge is funny out. IMO, I like him. He usually gives it 110% but sometimes he can be too over enthusiastic with the tackles. We still haven’t seen the form that Smudge had with Man U. Hopefully we will soon though.

    As for the captain issue..

    Geremi, not a good captain,
    Smith, too inexperienced as captain. Not yet anyway, in the future, maybe. But he’s not ready yet., his forms about as stable as our defense.
    Given, maybe, I’ve seen him captain the Irish side a few times and he did very well. He captained Newcastle a few times as well, he’s a good leader, the fans like him and the players listen to him and he’s about the only player on Tyneside who has the word consistency in his vocabulary. Maybe not a bad idea. But Sam doesn’t seem to go for keepers as captains.

    And another thing, our defense is bad enough on a good day, but I still can’t figure out for the life of me, why the hell does Sam continue to play Rozehnal. He cost us another goal today. He doesn’t seem to listen to anyone, at all. He makes bad decisions after bad decisions again and again and yet he continues to start.
    It’s a joke.

    Duff, good to see him back, didn’t have much to do, didn’t get the ball a lot but there was one moment when he had the ball and showed us some of his magic. Duff is a good player, well, was, we haven’t seen him in a while. Hopefully he’ll return to his old form, and fast. Very fast.

    We’ll have to wait and see.


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