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.â€
“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.â€ “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.â€
“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.â€
“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.â€ “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.â€ “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.â€ “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 itâ€™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 Vidukaâ€™s first goal for Newcastle yesterday, and once we had scored that equalizer we thought weâ€™d be OK. How wrong can you be?
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