Skipper Smith Fit For Sunday Night at Stoke


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.



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66 comments so far

  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #1

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

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  • Leo

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #2

    why’s that tom?

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

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:11 PM

    Comment #3

    because im going to kill myself!

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #4

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

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  • Drago

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #5

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

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #6

    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

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  • Magjp

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #7

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

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

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  • ToonKing

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #10

    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

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  • Dingo

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #11

    @ 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.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #12

    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 🙁

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #13

    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.

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  • Rich

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #14

    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!!

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  • nightfall

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #15

    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?!

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  • mark

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #16

    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.

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #17

    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

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  • sparetheman

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #18

    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.

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #19

    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

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  • Micky Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #20

    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!

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #21

    “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.

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #22

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

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #23

    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

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  • ObaFan2

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #24

    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.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #25

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

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #26

    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.

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #27

    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

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #28

    Miami Dolphins have just sacked their head coach? anybody?

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #29

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

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #30

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

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Does that mean their Deeefence is shite then James?

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #32

    @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

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #33

    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

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #34

    steve-

    both…

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #35

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

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  • Hammy

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #36

    James..the similarities are frightening.

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  • James

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #37

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

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  • steve

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #38

    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!

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  • Graeme

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #39

    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???

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  • JoshI

    Jan 4, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #40

    Is it Milners Birthday today?

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