Alan Smith is sure the impact of Kevin Keegan as Manager at Newcastle United is beginning to show on the pitch.
Alan Smith – missed a couple of good chances on Saturday
The effects of a change in training and game tactics is starting to show and it certainly did on Saturday, thatâ€™s for sure. And it was great to see the lads doing everything they could – but score the goals we deserved.
But the effort and play was first class – all except the finishing – which we hope will be better at Anfield on Saturday, where we are looking for a result.
The 27-year-old Leeds-born striker told Newcastle World TV today.
“The more and more we work together the more influence the manager is having,” “We are getting fitter and there is a camaraderie and that’s something the gaffer has emphasized since he came in.â€
“Everyone is playing for each other and that stands us in good stead.â€ “It is a time where we have to stand up and be counted, go out in front of 52,000 people and prove our worth.â€
“We’ve got to show to everyone that we want to fight for the cause.” “It’s getting tight but you always knew it would do,”
“We looked at our home games as ones that were winnable, and one was against Blackburn.â€ “We’ve deserved criticism on occasions this season and we’re all big enough to accept that.â€
Good words from Alan. We didn’t win against Blackburn and we didn’t even get one point as it turned out, but we think the game could be the turning point for us.
What we want to see from Alan and the boys from now on is the same type of performance, effort and heart they put into the game on Saturday.
Every single player put in a good shift, and credit has to go to Kevin and his training staff for having the boys ready and having a good match plan in place, which on any other day would have brought us all 3 points.
Smudge even had a decent game, but he was guilty of missing a couple of very good chances – one a header and the other a shot, after he had beautifully turned his man. But he put in a lot of work for the team and it didn’t go unnoticed.
Although we have to be realistic and realize we are still nowhere clear of danger, we were very heartened by the many good displays on Saturday and the boys have to be commended on a great effort.
Now for Liverpool next Saturday.