Sam Allardyce says today that one of his favorite players, Alan Smith, deserves to be captain in the absence of club skipper Geremi next month.
Alan Smith – deserves captaincy in absence of Geremi
The only problem we have with Sam and Alan is where Sam plays Smith. He is good either up front as a striker or in either central midfield position, but he unbalances the team when he plays him out wide right in a 4-3-3 formation, thatâ€™s almost a fact these days rather than an opinion.
Today in the Newcastle Journal, Allardyce has insisted Smithâ€™s performances up front have been a key factor in his sideâ€™s four-game unbeaten run. And when asked by Luke Edwards whether he had given Smith the captainâ€™s armband in an effort to boost his confidence, Allardyce said the following:
â€œAlan isnâ€™t struggling for form, thatâ€™s your opinion and youâ€™re a Press man so itâ€™s not my opinion.”
“I think he has led the line for us on this mini-recovery weâ€™ve had extremely well and has been one of the reasons for it. He hasnâ€™t scored yet, which he is disappointed with.â€
â€œBut what he has created for others, what he has brought out of the players around him and the results we have had, he has been pivotal.â€
Sundayâ€™s 2-2 draw against Derby was Newcastleâ€™s fourth game without defeat, but letâ€™s get real here, it was 2 points lost for Newcastle. When any team comes to St. James Park, with one point and one goal from 9 away games this season, and have already taken 3 points of their total 6 points from their only win against the Magpies, we expect that team to be hammered into the ground at St. James’ Park. And Derby were unlucky not to take all 3 points on Sunday.
But Newcastleâ€™s manager is determined not to lose the momentum that has been built up since the 1-1 draw with Arsenal. But non-losing streaks arenâ€™t worth much these days unless there are lots of wins in the streak. After all, theoretically you could go unbeaten all season and end up just above the relegation zone with 38 points, if they are all draws.
â€œWe are still on a run, weâ€™ve gone four games unbeaten and weâ€™ve got more players available for selection over these next four games than we have had all season.”
“We will go to Wigan knowing that, if we play as we know we can, itâ€™s a winnable game for us.â€
We wish Sam was more forceful sometimes. We must win at Wigan today so we can keep in touch with the better teams in the league. After all, Wigan are not a good team otherwise they wouldn’t be just above Derby in the league. 3 points has to be our target today, especially after the performance against Derby County, which was unfortunately beamed around the world on TV.
There’s no reason we cannot win today, as long as we put together a good defensive performance, and don’t give any more silly goals away. And a goal from Alan Smith would be just great too.
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