Smith Plays 65 Minutes In Reserves Defeat

Alan Smith came through 65 minutes of his first competitive outing this season as he captained Newcastle Reserves as they were beaten tonight 3-0 by a strong Manchester City Reserves side at Hyde.


Alan Smith – played 65 minutes tonight in Reserves defeat

It’s good news that Alan came through the game OK because more than likely he will now be included in the squad for the Sunderland game on Sunday.

With both Sunderland and Tottenham winning tonight there will be pressure on Newcastle to get all 3 points  on Sunday, not to mention tomorrow night at Eastlands.

Smith partnered in-form 17 year old striker Nile Ranger in attack during the opening period, but the two of them were given restricted opportunities with City well on top early in the game.

Dutch goalkeeper Tim Krul did well to push clear Ryan McGivern’s cross,  only moments before City went ahead.

Midfielder Paul Marshall was allowed to carry the ball forward and went unchallenged, and  so the 19-year-old Irishman fired a beautiful low 20-yard drive into the bottom corner that gave Krul no chance in the visiting goal.

Then 6ft 5ins center-back Clayton McDonald hit a terrific shot that Krul managed to block and then Jonny Godsmark had a great chance to level the scores.

Dutch forward Frank Wiafe Danquah put Godsmark clean through, but for once Godsmark could not put the ball away, and goalkeeper Tobias Johansen blocked the shot after 38 minutes.

But only minutes later City doubled their lead, as Marshall’s free kick was headed home easily from close-range by Irishman Ian Daly.

But Richard Money’s young side have lots of fight in them and they emerged in the second half with a renewed determination with Smith, now operating in central midfield, and Alan tested Norwegian goalkeeper Johansen with a beautiful curling free-kick.

Maybe midfield is where Joe can use Smith most effectively in the first team, although he gives lots of fouls away, but we cannot see him being used up front much, unless he starts to score some goals.

The Newcastle youngsters fought hard in the second period, but could get little reward and then after 80 minutes Slovakian winger Weiss made sure of all 3 points with a low drive from just 12 yards out.

Newcastle United Reserves: Tim Krul, James Taylor, Darren Lough (Michael McCrudden, 77m) Matthew Grieve (James Marwood, 13m), James Tavernier, Mark Doninger, Brad Inman, Jonny Godsmark, Frank Wiafe Danquah, Nile Ranger, Alan Smith (Shane Ferguson, 65m)
Subs not used: Greg McDermott, Paul Dummett

31 comments so far

  • jonny

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #1

    * awaits predictable “ah smith is rubbish he cant score v man citys reserves” comment*

  • CPorterNufc

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #2

    At least it will be an extra body on the bench for the derby!! Am trying to be optimistic!

  • RyanToon

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:03 PM

    Comment #3

    ah smith is rubbish he cant score v man citys reserves”

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:04 PM

    Comment #4

    smith is rubbish he can’t even score against City reserves. 🙂

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Ryan – you beat me by a minute 🙁

  • DJG

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Smith could score against Blaydon reserves.

    Or in a brothel with a pocket full of money.

  • DJG

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:09 PM

    Comment #7

    # Couldn’t #

  • SpartanChris

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Have you seen him in a Blaydon Brothel?

  • Ross

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #9

    imagine if smithy was stuck on against the scum and he rose like a salmon to bang one in. would absolutly love it.

  • Obafan

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:23 PM

    Comment #10

    Don’t like him and don’t rate him.

    Isn’t it sad that we have to be happy that we have got another average player to strengthen our bench??? Very sad!!!

  • DJG

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Alan Shearer = a footballer

    Alan Smith = a tryer

    Sad but true. 🙁

  • Ever seen a mackem in Milan?

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:46 PM

    Comment #12

    Despite not scoring or never looking he would Smith’s best game was against Arsenal when he chased down Gallas and Toure non-stop. That would be very helpful at this time when hardly any of our players look like they give a toss.

  • Ross

    Jan 27, 2009 at 11:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Smith has scored for us! albeit a pre season friendly, his debut. Oh how i sat i my seat and thought “good times ahead for newcastle and smithy”

  • Doocey

    Jan 28, 2009 at 12:06 AM

    Comment #14

    Indeed indeed. Bit of a pointless post though?!

  • Joseph

    Jan 28, 2009 at 12:24 AM

    Comment #15

    i still think smith can be useful, you can’t deny he puts in a shift when on and i think he believes he has a point to prove and lord knows we need someone to put in tackles

  • Cookerman

    Jan 28, 2009 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #16

    Heres and interesting stat

    Newcastle have only managed to win two of their 22 Premier League games without Obafemi Martins since he joined the club in the summer of 2006.

  • simon376

    Jan 28, 2009 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #17

    I cant remember who said it last night, but according to news 24, got it on now (sad I know) Robinho has been arrested for an alledged sexual asult on a woman in a night ckub in Leeds. I didn’t think much of it when it was said with a “you heard it here first” but it’s just hit the news. So hats off to the poster, but lets hope we beaty City if for no other reason than if this is true, someone like that should be locked up. Of course innocent until proven guilty. According to the tv, he’s on bail. Wonder if that means he won’t play.

  • G

    Jan 28, 2009 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #18

    I just looked that up Simon, nowt on Newsnow, BBC, or Sky websites… are you sure you haven’t just enjoyed the disco biscuits too much?

  • Charlietoon

    Jan 28, 2009 at 1:25 AM

    Comment #19

    If it is true Joey has to get on the phone and have a laugh with him

  • BarmyArmy

    Jan 28, 2009 at 1:51 AM

    Comment #20

    I wouldnt say the man city reserves had a strong team as they had NO first team players playing.

    And as for the “beautiful curling free-kick”….. The free-kick hit the middle of the wall! where it was then deflected slightly towards the corner, straight into the keepers arms.

    I saw it with my own eyes

  • BarmyArmy

    Jan 28, 2009 at 1:53 AM

    Comment #21

    and the robinho thing is scrolling across the bottom of the news. not yet on the internet.

  • tino asprilla aka richie

    Jan 28, 2009 at 2:03 AM

    Comment #22

    smith should b given a run up front- no goals and then we should rid of him, u can only get so many chances and i really hope he suceeds coz there is talent there

  • Joseph

    Jan 28, 2009 at 2:15 AM

    Comment #23

    its right just saw it on sky news

  • Robby Bobson

    Jan 28, 2009 at 3:30 AM

    Comment #25

    “first year undergraduate” in other words 18 year old. If an 18 yr old got it on with Robinho then they are bound to say it was rape to get into the papers. Although i hope his mind is elsewere vs the Toon, even though it is easy to mark him out the of the game.

    As for Smithy, he is one of those players that you just dont want to hate. He tries harder than anyone, but i stilll cringe when i see him in the squad. We need more players with Smiths attitude, but less players with his (lack of) ability. In other words m0re Joey Bartons/Scotty Parkers.

  • dougnufc

    Jan 28, 2009 at 5:26 AM

    Comment #26

    Smith does have ability he just needs to find his Leeds form.

  • Rorycn

    Jan 28, 2009 at 5:27 AM

    Comment #27

    robby bobson. Totally echho your smith comments love his attitude and you can’t hate him because of it but he just doesn’t have the ability.

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 28, 2009 at 6:55 AM

    Comment #28

    i was at space and witnessed this, told you guys about it weeks ago… the girl was loving it.

  • super.trooper

    Jan 28, 2009 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #29

    AUS TOON TODD- Actually it was me who said about the robinho story first on here!!!

  • LP6

    Jan 28, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #30

    I rate smithy, i think we should give him a run upfront. i think he only played there once last season (against arsenal) and alhough he didn’t score it was his best performance for us. if he get a run up top he will gain confidence and get some good form going, then the gaols will come.
    On top of this his work rate is the best in the squad.

  • aus_toon_todd

    Jan 28, 2009 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    sorry mate where you there?


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