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Skipper Smith Fit For Sunday Night at Stoke

12:03 pm, Friday, January 4th, 2008 by Ed Harrison · 66 Comments

Alan Smith is set to hand Sam Allardyce a boost ahead of this weekend’s FA Cup Third Round clash at Stoke City. And Sam needs any boost he can get, as do the Newcastle fans, who must be quite numb after yet another defeat on Wednesday evening.

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Alan Smith – skipper recovered nicely from his concussion

The new Newcastle captain watched from the stands during Wednesday’s defeat against Man City. Alan had suffered severe concussion following a bad clash of heads with team-mate Abdoulaye Faye at Chelsea on Saturday. Both came out of the clash injured, but Faye’s shoulder cleared up, and he again played very well on Wednesday evening against Manchester City. Faye looks a giant when he plays in defensive midfield for Newcastle and is turning out to be a good buy by Big Sam. One of the few positives, along with the form and grit of Habib Beye, over the last couple of weeks.

But the 27-year-old Smith had to be hospitalized over Saturday night because of the concussion, and Newcastle were very wise not to include Alan in their squad on Wednesday evening.

Smith told nufc.co.uk this morning that he is confident he’ll be OK to face Stoke City at the Britannia Stadium on Sunday evening:

“I’m doing OK, at least I know where I am now,”“But I think I’ll be fine for Sunday so fingers crossed.”

It’s going to be a crucial game on Sunday evening and the game is being televised worldwide, probably because there is a possible upset in the making. But we don’t want any more upsets, and quite honestly we’ll be happy with a draw on the night, our realistic expectations having been suitably lowered over the Christmas period.

Comments always welcome.



Tags: Alan Smith · FA Cup · Newcastle News





66 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Tom_Toon // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    this possibly just put m over the edge, i dont think ill ever be posting on here anymore, assume the worst.

  • 2 Leo // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    why’s that tom?

    smith would be ok in the team we played vrs man city just swop him with viduka

  • 3 Tom_Toon // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    because im going to kill myself!

  • 4 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    well at least we know we are guaranteed to pick up a yellow card at the weekend.

  • 5 Drago // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    but Viduka played a good football, thats our midfield whick sucks most

  • 6 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Team he will probably play against Stoke :

    Given
    Beye Capaca Taylor NZogbia
    Milner Butt Smith Emre Duff
    Martins

    Team I’d like to see :

    Given
    Beye Capaca Taylor Enrique
    Butt
    Milner Emre Duff
    Nzogbia
    Smith Owen

  • 7 Magjp // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Ed,
    Have you found a way of people voting for players perfomance?

  • 8 ToonKing // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    i don’t know james, i think we’ll see a few players who have played less so far, like Emre, Ameobi, Owen, Rico, Carr, possibly Harper in goal.

  • 9 ToonKing // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    also ed i know u just finished moving the site but this server overloading is killing me.during the games it’s almost impossible to post a comment cause it’s always “suspended” and i have to re-write every comment x-times until it finally works.

  • 10 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Not when he thinks his job depends on it. He’ll play his full strength team. I’d like to see Carroll start with Smith because Owen isn’t match fit yet.

    If he plays a weakened team and loses just imagine how much stick he would get. That’s why I think he’ll stick with his tried and not to be trusted first 11

  • 11 Dingo // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    @ Ed….. would you really be happy with a draw? I for one wont….

    remember what happened with the Brummies! 2-2 at their place and hammered us 5-1 at ours.

  • 12 Tom_Toon // Jan 4, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    im predicting a loss and id be happy with a loss as:
    1. Sam will get sacked – hopefully
    2. We can concentrate from not getting relegated.

    Deschamps
    Jol
    van Gaal

    any of those 3 id be happy to give time too.

    hopefully Deschamps :(

  • 13 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    I still think Shearer will be given the job in the summer. He’s made loads of comments recently saying he couldn’t turn it down if offered it, plus Ashley has always wanted him in charge.

    I personally think it is madness to give it to someone with no experience. But if Ashley wants him it will happen.

  • 14 Rich // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    just back from Amsterdam, dont know whats going on with our team.

    I caught the Man City game when i was in some random coffeeshop and we played terrible.

    lets hope for some new signings and soon.

    i feel we are in dire need of a powerful experienced striker.

    and a extremely creative midfielder.

    along with someone like Wes Brown i think that would be a huge improvement.

    I like Owen i think when hes fit es superb, and ive supported him since we signed him but im at the point now when i think we need a change, not a change in management but just some more changes to our team.

    i say we go for David Villa before its too late, but then again thats unlikely!!

  • 15 nightfall // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    smith’s back? that’s a worse news possible… sam if you’ll play smith as midfielder you should go f** yourself!!!……5 times…idiot!!!! how can’t you see we play totaly disconnected with him in the midfield?!

  • 16 mark // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Im sick to death of people slating our players and manager. You arent supporters, as you dont support, you just moan and groan. Im a season ticket holder, and fair does, football hasnt been great this year, but its going to be a good few year yet, remember, since we came up to the Premiership some while ago, weve finished 2nd a few times, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 7th, but weve also finished in 11th,12th,13th and 14th a few times also, were a yoyo club at the moment.

    What does a see-saw do when its unbalanced?

    What do NUFC do? We are a yoyo, a see-saw, unstable, up and down.

    This is because some “fans” are always unhappy, no matter what, Sam Allardyce transformed Bolton, he knows what works for what club, look at Bolton now.

    He doesnt know his best XI yet, which he should do, but thats my only fault with Big Sam. Im 100% behind him and the players, Smudge included, as he is 110% all the time. Would you rather see somebody more talented, but rarely show it? Please, no sarky, immature, unfunny comebacks such as “rarely showing it would be better than smith” as it just shows you up, and basically confirms to the media and the world that we are idiots and that we are a yoyo club. We need stability, Ive been saying it a few weeks on here, Butt come out and said it today. To be honest, Id be very happy if we signed Wes Brown, and a creative midfielder. Sam is being cautious this season as he needs to get used to things at SJP. Give the man what he deserves, time, patience and RESPECT.

  • 17 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    You call that good news, thats the worst news I’ve heard all day. I don’t wish him harm but couldn’t he just get a migraine for the rest of season and not play.
    What a waste of 7 million, add that to the 6 million wasted on Barton and it looks pretty bad

  • 18 sparetheman // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Can’t believe anyone would ever suggest dropping Viduka – a class premiership goalscorer with 5 for us this season without any service – for Smith – an overrated goalless ever-present in a medicore Newcastle team. It’s not a coincidence we’ve been rubbish this season and he’s been playing every game he’s available for, in my opinion.

  • 19 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Just heard on grapevine that Ronaldo, Arteta, Berbatov and Tevez and Rooney have all asked to join the toon and they’ll take 50k a year………………………..yerwhat I hear you say – talking rubbish, well Mark on comment 15 started talking sh!te first

  • 20 Micky Toon // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    At last. Nice to see Mark’s comments, someone else talking sense and not just me! ;-)
    Has anyone here actually watched Smith playing for us? He’s exactly the type of player you need when you are down and fighting to get back up. He’s an inspired choice for captain. He will never, ever give up until he is taken off the field. Better Smith in the side than some sulky foreigner who only turns up when he feels like it.

    @James. I would love it (just love it :-)) if we could play your team selection as it would mean we would have 12 players on the pitch!

  • 21 ObaFan2 // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    “I’m doing OK, at least I know where I am now,” That’ll soon change when BSA tells him his position on the pitch.

  • 22 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Mickey Toon – I picked 12 because Smith is always absent during games so we need the extra man.

  • 23 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Micky_toon – “Better Smith in the side than some sulky foreigner who only turns up when he feels like it”

    Well at least the sulky foreigner would turn up once in a while unlike Smith who’s effectively an average championship player, don’t confuse running round the pitch lunging in at tackles with any skill, creativity or positional play and a goalscorer he aint

  • 24 ObaFan2 // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Fao people directing posts at others, please instead of calling/insulting people on this blog why not just respond with your own opinions.

    There are some persistent offenders here who seem to think their opinion is right and others are wrong, this is not the case. It surprises me to think that we all see the same games but our views are totally different and thats what makes sport/football so great, the fan’s passions and banter.

    So please if you don’t agree with what you see here don’t slag a poster off as their views are just as right or wrong as yours.

  • 25 Tom_Toon // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    steve, i normally agree with you and yet again i do.

  • 26 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    hmmn I don’t know obafan2…it’s more entertaining than the football at the minute….

    I personally think Smith is a world class footballer who would walk into any team.

  • 27 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Manure just released a press statement saying they have turned down a bid from us for Wes Brown – thank you Manure, keep doing so please

  • 28 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Miami Dolphins have just sacked their head coach? anybody?

  • 29 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Sorry boys…..Miami Dolphins have an OOOffence, no good for us.

  • 30 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Hammy – as a Dolphins fans I’m not surprised. They lost 15 straight games out of 16.

  • 31 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Does that mean their Deeefence is shite then James?

  • 32 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    @Hammy – I know one of these is a joke but I can’t decide which one :)

    Miami Dolphins have just sacked their head coach? anybody?

    I personally think Smith is a world class footballer who would walk into any team

  • 33 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Hammy – Yeah their manager thought it would be wise to player attackers in their deefence and have people with no pace as running backs. Aparently he was trained at the same coaching school as Fat Sam

  • 34 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    steve-

    both…

  • 35 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Steve – they were connected. He could walk into the Dolphins team

  • 36 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    James..the similarities are frightening.

  • 37 James // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    And Sam will soon be sent to the End Zone by Mort

  • 38 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    LOL – Sometimes I despair of comments on this blog saying it’s our (the fans) fault and we need to lower expectations and the like, can we really expect players on meagre wages to actually play football, but its the general blog comments and banter which are generally good humoured that keep me coming back – keep it up lads

    Come on the toon – lets stuff stoke!

  • 39 Graeme // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Thanks Ed, you just ruined my day!!!

    We play far better without him and he keeps better players on the bench. Can someone not wrap a piece of 4×2 round his ear before Sunday???

  • 40 JoshI // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Is it Milners Birthday today?

  • 41 JoshI // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:49 PM

    and The bid for Brown was turned down? that was quick.

  • 42 ToonKing // Jan 4, 2008 at 2:57 PM

    yep it was fast :

    http://www.manutd.com/default.sps?pagegid={B4CEE8FA-9A47-47BC-B069-3F7A2F35DB70}&newsid=520803

  • 43 JoshI // Jan 4, 2008 at 3:00 PM

    ahhh so we didn’t actually bid for him.

  • 44 Dragoner // Jan 4, 2008 at 3:17 PM

    I hope Smith plays as a striker up front with viduka or Owen and the rest of the team stays the same as against city.Martins needs to go to ANC and get some confidence before being in our starting 11 again.

  • 45 Toon Barmy // Jan 4, 2008 at 3:46 PM

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/main.jhtml;jsessionid=Q1MCNZTVBI3AFQFIQMGSFF4AVCBQWIV0?xml=/sport/2008/01/03/sfnhen103.xml&posted=true&_requestid=69355

    Just read this article in the Telegraph about our deluded fans…LIVID

  • 46 Cockney Magpie // Jan 4, 2008 at 4:06 PM

    just read that telegraph article! What a wanka that bloke is its really really pissed me off!!! iv got a good mind to go to the telegraph offices and drag the twat outside n kick 10 ton of bullshit out of the bastard!! grrrr man! wat a twat!!! (sorry for the language but read the article and u will understand)

  • 47 Toon Barmy // Jan 4, 2008 at 4:22 PM

    Is it jealousy or what? the media love to give us shit most of it referrs to our old regime & knocking ashley for what-Being a fan?
    Sorry to go off topic but that twat Wat a DICK…Still LIVID

  • 48 Soren // Jan 4, 2008 at 4:53 PM

    We have sold Pattison to Norwich

    http://www.nufc.premiumtv.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10278~1206748,00.html

  • 49 Hadrian // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    telegraph article doesnt supprise me , for some reason all these southern papers love stikcing the boot in , anyone who still buys them needs a slap .

  • 50 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:07 PM

    HuH, some article, I’ve been trying to find this jerk’s email address, here’s the press complaints website http://www.pcc.org.uk/index2.html,
    I’ve seen a picture of MICHAEL HENDERSON,
    can’t we get him put on the website Ed?
    Anybody get his phone number don’t forget to put it up….

  • 51 Hammy // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:09 PM

    Nice bit of business……24 Greggs cheese pasties for Pattison.

  • 52 Hadrian // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:12 PM

    lol hammy :D , spat me tea oot there !!

  • 53 Keep Oba // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:15 PM

    A yellow card for sure, then followed later in the game by a talking to from the ref about a questionable tackle and then a substitution for someone more able.

    First…I like Viduka…personally he seems like a nice guy, and somehow he scores goals…he is thoughful from about 20 yards out when the ball is around his feet and as long as someone is moving he will find an odd little flick right to their space. But he is certainly glacial. I remember from ManC game a time when he tried to charge back into the midfield to win back a ball…it was valiant and almost worked, but once it was all over all I thought was now he had to run 30-40 yards to get back into the attack.

    Most importantly…well obviously other than the fact that Habib Beye is currently our only 100% quality defender (come on Taylor, lots of faith in him, and Zog dont count as a defender since I can only remember him attacking) is that I kinda liked the N’Zogbia-Duff combination on the side. It was our only real consistent movement and WE NEED to be aware that if N’Zogbia keeps showing some controlled flair as in how comfortable he looks around the 18′ with the ball, I can see some big teams wanting to come after him. He is one little boost in his career or body or mind to turn him into a superstar…right now our best gem. Anyways, him and Duff looked nice and refreshing at least. didnt lead to anything, but thats football.

  • 54 ToonKing // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:18 PM

    only Carr and Ameobi remain ;) .

  • 55 Keep Oba // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:19 PM

    Soren….that is Shocking and Devastating news…count one off the ACN list.

  • 56 mark // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:23 PM

    The media slate us contstantly, and some “fans”, well they just give the ammunition, they may aswell just be standing their dictating to the journalist. slating managers and players constantly.

  • 57 Chicken // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:37 PM

    Haway peeps divint get your knickers in a twist about that Telegraph article. The bloke is a pure wind-up. Same tw@t wrote an article b4 the last world cup saying he was going to support Germany instead of England. Says it all really.
    This idjurt aside tho – I would suggest that most of the negative press we read about the Toon has sweet fa to do with geography and more to do with the shite state of affairs our club is constantly in…
    Sacking managers every 5 minutes – thugs for players – booing fans – getting beaten by the worse team in prem history – no trophy for 3000 years etc. etc. etc.
    I’m pretty sure there weren’t nearly the amount of negative stories flying around when KK had us perched at the top of the league playing bonny football.

  • 58 Chris Bunton // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Smith upfront with Owen, leave lazy bastad on the bench, if Sam put smith in midfield again he’s a complete tool

  • 59 mark // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:54 PM

    After reading that Article, it just shows, because of some idiot “fans”, we get articles like that against us. Its times like this we should stick together, support the club, manager and team, and stay as a unit, one voice.

  • 60 Dingo // Jan 4, 2008 at 5:58 PM

    I might start a Northern Newspaper…. ooh sh1te its already been done. Cummon Viz fight our corner!

  • 61 steve // Jan 4, 2008 at 6:21 PM

    @mark – I doubt journalists are on this and other websites scanning for what fans really think.
    Lets face it if they did any actual research talking to toon fans they would know we expect jack all but we would like to watch entertaining football from our highly paid superstars.

    Surely that aint to much to ask!

  • 62 Hadrian // Jan 4, 2008 at 6:30 PM

    mark , alot of name calling there towards your fellow geordies , how about realising there entitled to as much of a say as you .
    its not them slagging you off .

  • 63 Toon Barmy // Jan 4, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Come on the guys got a picture of Mike ashley in a Newcastle top saying He’s a laughing stock, that is Digging the boot in at NUFC, No fans think this we only disagree with Allerdyce’s tactics and think they are questionable, Avram grant got Boo’d but nowt is said about this.

  • 64 shirts // Jan 4, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Well, I’d rather have Faye and Emre in the midfield and Smith on the bench and I know I’m not alone. I just think he’s totally toilet. I mean, he works hard, but so does my plumber, and you don’t see him in the starting line up.

    I wrote a thing on wednesday’s game for a friend’s blog. may be doing it regularly. Check it out if you like. Hope you find it amusing.

    http://blogbovine.blogspot.com/2008/01/newcastle-united-football-club-is-one.html

    Hope we crush Stoke… we could do with a bit of confidence after all the hard work for nought against chelsea and City…

  • 65 UTD111 // Jan 4, 2008 at 10:05 PM

    This is great news – Play smithy up front with Owen instead of Viduka.

  • 66 Dragoner // Jan 4, 2008 at 10:36 PM

    weren’t too bad shirts, i laughed a few times i must say




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