Smudge – Players Will Stand Up and Be Counted

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, that’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.”

“Everyone is playing for each other and that stands us in good stead.” “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.”

“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.” “We’ve deserved criticism on occasions this season and we’re all big enough to accept that.”

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.

Comments welcome.

66 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Mar 3, 2008 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #1

    Something like

    KK. I am sure I put 11 out on the pitch, just who is missing.

  • Astidores Sanchez Blanco

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #2

    Zamblera may make his debut in the reserves tonight, the 17 year old is on the bench for the Everton game.

    Hopefully he’ll get his chance. From what I’ve heard Baheng isn’t getting many pulses racing so far.

  • Lasse R

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #3

    I hate mr. no goal Smith

  • Rich

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #4

    Smith needs to score a vital goal for Newcastle to get us points to keep us up, then we migh just might forgive him for being shite!! Prove us wrong though please

  • Callum

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #5

    Smith needs to stand up and accept he isnt good enough

  • Big Gaz

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Tell you what Smudge, instead of trying to talk a good game, why dont you strat knocking in a few goals. That would prove your worth, and your massive salary, and possibly steer us clear of trouble. Stupid paroxide blonde gobshite ! ! !

  • looney toons

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #7

    i dont noe how true this is – but my m8s from school say smith has a clause in his contract saying ‘ if he is fit he has to play in all game’ i dont believe it! but it kinda makes sense – BA mite have done it to convince him to come to newcatle from man utd n da only game he hasnt played some of a game was wen he gt suspensed n wen faye injured his head!!!

    hope its not true – HE IS RUBBISH!!
    but has anyone else heard da same

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Smudge – Needs to do something, or do one.

  • Hadji

    Mar 3, 2008 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #9

    We should let him play only on friendly games.

  • Pete

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #10

    Blabla, we need to stand up and be counted. How many times have I heard that jibberish only to be served a hapless performance. I’m sure this time will be different tho

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #11

    …Or maybe the reserves…Score a couple of goals, get the feelin’ again, get his eye in, then maybe play in the 1st team again?..

  • ToonUSA

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #12

    He should not be alowed to speak to the media until he scores

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    He shouldn’t be allowed to dye his hair again, ’til he scores!..

  • Spot The Zebra

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #14

    Nee offence Smudger but instead of standing up to be counted i hope youre sitting on your arse next game sonna.Youre turning MY friggin hair white.

  • mikeygd

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #15

    the relegation poll sums up a percentage of our fans

  • Spot The Zebra

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #16

    Oh and another thing.Instead of having a go at Enrique after the Blackburn goal maybe you shouldve been looking a bit closer to home you bag of wind.

  • obafemimartins

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #17

    i hope harper keeps the first team place because he was very good against blackburn and made some top quality saves when he came on against manure.

  • Punk Skunk

    Mar 3, 2008 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    I reckon he will obafemimartins, he’s looked pretty solid when he’s played…Don’t think y’could blame him for saturday, he didn’t stand much chance really…it was a well placed shot from distance…Grrrrrrrrr!..
    …Also, is it just me or do the defense look a bit less frightened with him behind them?..


    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #19

    This is totally off topic but I posted this earlier i’ll say it again

    Earlier i saw taylor described as follows “No loss. he’s a geordie bramble. Edgar is a way better player”

    Edgar has played 4 first team games yes he was good and looks good in the reserves but you really judge him on that compared to taylor
    who admittedly has not been good recently but jesus he was immense last season and the season before that and has been solid for large parts of this season do any of remember more than a couple of weeks??

    Cacapa has been shite most of his time in the first team yet you are going back to his time at lyon in a shitty, slow league yes he has been good at times but to say we should keep a 32 has been over a Talented local academy boy and future england captain is moronic.
    Can some of you honestly not remember taylors contribution over the last two years in the premiership marking out of games players the quality of drogba, berbatov, Henry, Van persie etc.
    yes Edgar looks good but Huntington was also good when he played and certainly Ramage when given the chance to play centre back or right was and has been much better than given credit for, in particular last season.
    On Edgar If the lad gets in the first team and has 2 bad games some of you lot will tell us he should be sold.

    In reply to some peoples comments the other day i do believe everything i write and if some of you got your arse to some games then you would not want duff to start over milner and the critisism of Given earlier on was pathetic some of you beggar belief even more pathetic was Black Caesar (As usual) blaming match going loyal fans as the cause of our problems! they’re
    the reason for our premiership status you arsehole.

    We will not be relegated and i will sing out my damn heart between now and the end of the season to help the lads stay up.

    King Kev then will start to set off the fireworks.


  • CJ

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #20

    Spot the Zebra- I saw Smith and Barton having a go at Enrique and thought it was shocking cos he was left badly exposed on the half way line and he put in a better performace than Barton and Smith have all season without being in the squad for a while.
    Keegan says Barton and Smith are the type of players you want in a relegation battle but he does not say they are the player’s that have done nothing all season and are the main reasons why we are in this position.

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:41 PM

    Comment #21

    Craigg – You are a tit. Just go on a fkin rampage through a shopping centre with yer handbag, just shut up and face that people have different opinions instead of thinking your own is best; and in my opinion you’re just blindly deluded to some if not most things.


    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:45 PM

    Comment #22

    “Lets buy Danny shittu”

    You have a real nerve calling me a tit and my opinion is that of a supporter

  • canmag

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:47 PM

    Comment #23

    instead of talking to press about what they have to do JUST EFFIN DO IT,

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #24

    Im a supporter and the other people you name and ‘shame’ are supporters, get over yourself.


    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #25

    And what am i so deluded about the fact that i believe in Kevin Keegan and appreciate his contribution to my club,
    the fact that i think its wrong when people slag off James milner and pathetic when people say duff should start in front of him despite the fact that duff has no assists to his name in his 2 seasons at NUFC,
    The fact that Steven Taylor for the last 2-3 years has been great and doesnt deserve the shit he gets because he is having a rough patch at the moment
    or maybe that i dont suggest players that no one has heard of, that youve seen on youtube and think we should buy them because they can balance the ball on their bell end with a blindfold on or even because i dont think danny shittu would be our best defender bar Faye!!! lol

    you are a real twat


    Mar 3, 2008 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #26

    And youre not a supporter you just slag off the club and contribute nothing constructive

    “Lets buy Chikaoui because i saw his name on football manager and he won the world player of the year 10 years in a row”

  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #27

    Drop him if he goes through a rough patch, Taylor is quite poor and to be honest, hes only looked good compared to Bramble and well i could look good against Bramble to be perfectly honest. To be honest if you actually tried to find youtubes of half the players i name you wouldnt find any.
    Deluded dedication to keegan, you insult someone and get very defensive about it if they say, keegan picked a crap team even if they still say they are supporting him.

    At least their bell is big enough to balance a ball on it, unlike yours which you probably havent seen in a while because of your fat gut. Also im not the only person to suggest Danny Shittu, i relayed the thought as i thought it was a good one along with some other fans.

    You just dont see how shit alot of our players and alot things about our club are.


  • Jon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #28

    Put Smudge on the bench please!!!!!!!!!!!


    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #29

    “Deluded dedication to keegan, you insult someone and get very defensive about it if they say, keegan picked a crap team even if they still say they are supporting him.”

    i myself have criticised his team selection for picking smith, Butt and N’Zogbia at left back and have never had a go at people who support KK i have a go at those who try to belittle him, his achievements and his abilities IE dragoner, Michael, Black caesar and you

    I am dedicated to Kevin Keegan as like ive said on many occasions he saved us from bankruptcy and closure and made us what we are today

    “At least their bell is big enough to balance a ball on it, unlike yours which you probably havent seen in a while because of your fat gut.”

    My Bell is plenty big enough ask my girlfriend

    “Also im not the only person to suggest Danny Shittu, i relayed the thought as i thought it was a good one along with some other fans.”

    Oh please get your army of Shittu fans i could do with a laugh


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:21 PM

    Comment #30

    I have not, myself tried to belittle KK but there were so many better managers that we could of got, and we had a great opportunity to get one, but we didnt, huge mistake.

    ‘My Bell is plenty big enough ask my girlfriend’

    So you admit you have a fat gut and cant tell if your bell is big enough, only your girlfriend can tell for you.


  • daiv

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:28 PM

    Comment #31

    Smudger has been our best player this season. He tries ever so hard and we sjould respect his opinion. As KK says, he is “golddust” and who are we as supporters to doubt the very special one?


    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #32

    I know my bell is plenty fat enough and not my gut and its nice if a girl says that about your knob maybe your boyfriend will say the same to you some day.

    Lets hear some of these managers and dont give me mourinho, hitzfeld, lippi etc. because they would not have come


  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Deschamps, van Gaal, Adriaanse, Jol to name but a few.

  • CJ

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:42 PM

    Comment #34

    Calm down girls your gettin a bit frustrated i suppose you’s have both got a bald head and a very small winky with a gigantic helomoto.

  • daiv

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:44 PM

    Comment #35

    Well said Smudger. Top player. If only the rest of the team had your commitment and eye for a goal.

  • ToonKing

    Mar 3, 2008 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Craigg, i had my differences with Tom_Toon but on this issue he is right. Danny Shittu is a very solid defender who is EPL material, wouldn’t cost us more than 1.5 Mil and would probably be our most solid defender. Him and Faye is a dream team if you ask me.


    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #37

    Oh of course back to deschamps absolutely no point in mentioning him the soon to be world beater (apparently)

    Jol 5th twice great! the guy is a joke he had buckets of money and quality at his disposal at spurs yet the players failed to respond to him and has been shown up badly by ramos

    Adriaanse is more of a quitter than KK and he f**ked up at Ajax and won shit everywhere else other than with a porto side head and shoulders ahead of the opposition in portugal

    I honestly think the myth of the foreign manager is just that i honestly believe that british managers dont get some of the credit they deserve
    Liverpool in my opinion would win the league under O’Neill, or maybe even Redknapp (whos shown recently what he can do with good players ) but not under Benitez
    It is mostly down to the players available and bought, their attitude to the guy in charge, and yes the managers management abilities i dont think that those 3 you mentioned would be any better than KK.

    Scolari would have been my top choice but im not daft and i know he would never have come and down to people who can motivate the players, excite the fans and mostly be allowed time to do the job KK was the most obvious choice

    After we stay up and he has his own team in place next season if it go’s wrong and KK walks i will retract my statements i hope you will apologise if next season is a success and Kev does the business.

  • CJ

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:03 PM

    Comment #38

    Toonking-What are you on Danny Shittu a dream ticket did you see him play for Watford in the prem lge obviously you didn’t cos he was a joke he is big and very clumsy and makes similiar mistakes to Bramble i have said it before he is Shit by name Shitter by nature.


    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #39

    toon king youre entitled to youre opinion but i saw shittu live last season and he did not look solid he was a less talented slower boumsong from where i was sitting

  • daiv

    Mar 3, 2008 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #40

    Sod off Smudger. You are allowed to open your gob when you score a goal. Silenced for ever then. You have got a nerve to talk about what will happen. You are officially a total …….. Anybody else with any self respect would keep their mouth shut until they achieved sonmething on the pitch. 0 goals in 25 games. I am speechless. I am even more gobsmacked by our manager describing you as “golddust.” A very worried fan.


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