Alan Smith Captains Newcastle Reserves Tonight

Alan Smith will continue his comeback from injury tonight, when he will captain Newcastle Reserves at Blackburn.


Alan Smith – captains Reserves tonight

The experienced 28 year-old has played in the last two Reserve games to try to build up his match fitness, and he has captained the team both times.

Alan also had a place on the Newcastle bench in the crucial win against WBA, but was not called on during that game, and has still to appear in the first team this season, following the Achilles injury that kept him our for 6 months.

We expect Smith to again be on the bench for Sunday’s game against Everton with Martins, Ameobi and Lovenkrands probably fighting it out for the two striker starting positions.

16 year-old midfielder Haris Vukic, who we signed from Slovenian First Division side NK Domzale last month, is causing a stir at Newcastle with his good form, and is on the bench tonight.

It looks like Smith will partner 17 year-old Nile Ranger up front tonight.

Newcastle’s Academy Director Richard Money will field the following side for the 7pm kick-off at Ewood Park:

1. Fraser Forster 2. James Tavernier 3. Darren Lough 4. Mark Doninger 5. James Taylor 6. Jeff Henderson 7. Ryan Donaldson 8. Alan Smith 9. Nile Ranger 10. Kazenga LuaLua 11. Frank Wiafe Danquah
Subs: 12. Jonny Godsmark 13. Ole Soderberg 14. Brad Inman 15. Paul Dummett 16. Haris Vukcic

12 comments so far

  • riquelminho

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe he will score..

  • Turkish Magpie

    Feb 16, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed- it may not be a starting 2 strikeforce

    we should go for the 4-3-3 considering we’ve got quite alot of strikers now and not many midfeilders. Lovenkrands takes Owen’s position and Martins and Duke know what to do. Butt gets his rest he’s been begging for and Lovenkrands gets his reward for scoring!


    –R/S Taylor—-Colo–Bass—Enrique



  • nomis_jade

    Feb 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #4

    Does anyone know what this James Tavernier is like. I noticed that he is training with the first team, and has played a fair few reserve games. Anyone know?

  • big boomer

    Feb 16, 2009 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Turkish magpie if we start with viduka and lovenkrands we will get our arse whipped. Both only get invloved when we have the ball and even then offer very little. It will be like playing with nine men when Everton have the ball.

  • Ess

    Feb 16, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #6

    what has happen to the young players who we have bought who are defenders? I know that Kadar is injured, but what about the rest? doesn’t they develop? are it the defense coaches who isnt good enough?

  • Champaz

    Feb 16, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #7

    anyone know of anywhere to watch the reserve match online tonight?

  • Shanghaitoon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #8

    Turkish, I think that’s a pretty good line up, but I’d stay with Ryan Taylor at RB instead of Stevie. I’ve wanted them to try a 433 for a while now.. To be honest though, I don’t think it will happen. I think we’ll see 442 with Loven and Martins up front. (still not too bad mind you)

  • DJG

    Feb 16, 2009 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #9

    nomis_jade // Feb 16, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    Does anyone know what this James Tavernier is like. I noticed that he is training with the first team, and has played a fair few reserve games. Anyone know?

    He is quite good at getting up and down the right wing. But nowhere near ready to play in the first team IMO. Steady defensive youth player nothing more.

  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 16, 2009 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #10

  • dcbashore

    Feb 16, 2009 at 10:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Anyone see Vuckic’s winner? From what I read on the club site sounded like a pretty decent take.

  • The Real Entertainers

    Feb 17, 2009 at 7:49 AM

    Comment #12

    James Travernier, was signed from Leeds (i think) i now the club are excited about him and there have been some very promising reports, however hes still very young.


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