Nicky Butt has 9 yellow cards this season and his former team-mate Alan Smith isnâ€™t far behind on 8. Once these players reach 10 yellows, they will be suspended for two games.
Nicky Butt – currently on 9 yellow cards
However, if Nicky gets a yellow card at Stoke on Sunday night, he will not miss out against former club Manchester United next Saturday because of the seven-day rule. That should be some good news for both the player and his manager. Butt signed a contract extension before Christmas and captained the side in the absence of Geremi and Alan Smith against Manchester City on Wednesday night.
And thereâ€™s no doubt Nicky has had a good season for Newcastle so far. His great experience and competitive approach to the game have been invaluable so far as Newcastle try to turn their season around.
â€œNicky Butt is a competitive player and of course, you have to accept that at some stage of a season, he is going to be suspended by accumulating bookings.â€
â€œBut I cannot stop Nicky Butt being as competitive as he is because thatâ€™s a huge part of his game and it is a huge part of the game needed by a team to break up the oppositionâ€™s attacks before they get to your defensive unit.”
â€œHe has been magnificent at that and really, really good in his position.â€ â€œWe would like him to pop up with a goal or two more if thatâ€™s possible to finish what has been for him what has been a good season up to now.â€
â€œAnybody serving a suspension or who gets an injury while the four African Nations players are away is going to be a big blow to us.â€
There’s no doubt that Nicky has turned his career around at Newcastle with a combination of skill, fortitude and plain guts. He is a vital cog in Newcastle’s machine right now, and he is just the type of player you want in a side that is struggling in almost every game to turn things around. But once we can get a good win, and a little luck, don’t be surprised if we go on a decent run. Well, that’s at least what we’re hoping for – to be sure.Â Â 😀