Alan Smith was shown a red card in injury time in our 6-0 hammering at Old Trafford on Saturday, and will now be banned for the next two games against Stoke and Bolton, both at home.
Alan Smith - got himself sent off stupidly, in dying minutes on Saturday
Smith will now miss the FA Cup third-round replay against Stoke on Wednesday and the Premier League clash with Bolton the following Saturday. Smith was sent off for saying something to match referee Rob Styles, and we don’t even want to know what he said.
Nicky Butt has collected 10 yellow cards this season and will also miss the next two games for the club. Itâ€™s interesting that both players are former Red Devils players and they have by far the worst disciplinary record amongst Newcastle players this season.
Emre - should get starting chance in next two games
This may however, open the door for Emre to get a couple of starts at the club. We really need to see what the Turk can do for us in these troubled times.Â We would expect him to get a start on Wednesday night against Stoke City in our FA Cup replay.
We’re sure he wants to earn his wages at the club – so we should play him. He will add a bit of class to our midfield.