Alan Smith To Play Some Part Against Former Club


Newcastle’s stand-in boss Chris Hughton says that he has no worries about bringing Alan Smith into the game against his old club Manchester United tonight.

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Alan Smith – should see some action tonight

The England international was not used at all at Bolton Wanderers on Sunday, when Alan would have seen the obvious choice to replace the injured Nicky Butt.

Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Alan hasn’t been able to serve the club as well as he would have liked due to injury.” “Every player that plays wants to do well against his old club.”

“The big thing is it’s pleasing to see him back.” “He’s been through his troubles with injury and nobody has worked harder than him to get back.”

“He’s got experience but has been lacking match practice.” “These are decisions you have to make regarding the type of game you are playing.”

“We bought on Smithy against Everton at home, but I went for Geremi away from home because he plays a bit deeper and gives us a bit of extra cover which allowed us to push on a bit more.”

“Both Alan and Geremi have plenty of experience.” “We’ve got four players out in midfield at the minute.”

“Kevin Nolan, Nicky Butt, Joey Barton and Danny Guthrie are all out but this we have to cope with.” “We must devise a system that allows us to do OK in that area.”

“With the likes of Geremi and Alan we have two seasoned professionals.”

We’d be surprised if Smith started tonight because of his lack of match practice in the first team, and we expect to see Ryan Taylor and Geremi at least start in central midfield, in what will be a difficult game for both players, whoever Manchester play in the middle of the park.

We still have to be convinced that Chris Hughton can suitably prepare his players for these games, since they were hardly giving everything they had on Sunday, and we have dropped 5 points in the last two games, which were both winnable games for Newcastle.

This is an important game for the lads, in which the crowd will play a massive part once again. Anything we can get out of the game will be good, and we have to hope other teams tonight in the relegation scrap don’t do well.

That’s reality is that’s the level we have sunk to this season, unfortunately.

Comments welcome.



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18 comments so far

  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    give lua lua

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  • Nobby_Long

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Having Geremi in the middle of midfield worries me a lot – he is far too slow. Man Utd will run rings round him.

    I would have preferred Smith to start as he will be more mobile.

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  • safferman

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #3

    If Smith doesnt make the current injury dessimated team then I dont see what he’s even doing there

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  • Darling27

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d love to see Lua Lua start but it’ll be Geremi and Smith in the middle i reckon.

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #5

    With all injuries we have in midfield I hope to see Smith on the field tonight, he always gives a 100% and to play against hes old team he would probably give a 150% this game

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:26 PM

    Comment #6

    Geremi will be ok in a 3 man midfield but not a two….as Nobby has pointed out he is too slow….

    Lua Lua may just come on late in the game….

    Smith will start in my opinion….he didnt look happy when he didnt get on instead of Geremi….infact he was bloody foaming….

    me thinks he has a point to prove

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #7

    the best chance we have is martins doing something completely unpredictable and scoring a goal from 30 yards or taking on the whole man u defence or out jumping rio (again) or hitting them on the break or something that i cant even think of

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  • Nick D

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #8

    Toonsweden77 I remember Smith’s last appearance against Man U. 6-0 and not in a good way !!!

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #9

    6-0, did anyone in a black and white shirt play good that day?

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  • DJG

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #10

    I’d like to see, assuming this is who’s available,

    ___________Harper(c)
    S.Taylor_Coloccini_Bassong_Jose
    R.Taylor__Smith__LuaLua_Jonas
    _____Lovenkrands_Martins

    Lovenkrands needs to play upfront and regain the form he had in his debut. I think Smith and LuaLua would be mobile enough to handle ManU unlike Geremi.Viduka could come on but he looks fairly disinterested of late. I just hope we have some sort of performance for the fans. Even if it is to hold out for a boring draw.

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #11

    i like that team djg but i have just had an apithny what about putting lua lua on the right and taylor in the centre

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  • DJG

    Mar 4, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #12

    beyethegreat,

    They could even interchange. It’s just I saw Smith and LuaLua in the middle for the reserves and LuaLua is just that bit more of a playmaker than Taylor who is better getting wide and delivering David Beckham’s. What do you think?

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  • LoonyToon @ graft

    Mar 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #13

    DJG // Mar 4, 2009 at 3:04 PM

    beyethegreat,

    They could even interchange. It’s just I saw Smith and LuaLua in the middle for the reserves and LuaLua is just that bit more of a playmaker than Taylor who is better getting wide and delivering David Beckham’s. What do you think?
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    very good point

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  • beyethegreat

    Mar 4, 2009 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #14

    dj g i like the idea of inter changing perhaps lua taylor and gutierrez can ALL interchange which would give us a lot as it will be harder to pick up they wont know who to mark and with the famous geordie roar we can get something especially with martins’ unpredictability though the defence will have to be top as well this is bassongs chance to show how good he realy is

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #15

    I hope Smith play tonight, especally after his reaction for Geremi getting subbed on v Bolton.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Lualua is the middle is suicide. Put him on the right wing. Taylor cant cut it in the centre either, too lightweight.

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  • Ross

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #17

    gotta agree with TT like. Kazenga in the middle against any decent team wouldnt be too wise. Need to bleed him into the squad rather than chucking him in at the deep end against what are probably the best team in the world at the moment. the geordie in red, michael carrick would have him for breakfast.

    Smith shouldnt play “some part”, he should play a full part and be on the field from the first whistle. We’re crushed by injuries and dont have much of a choice but i actually WANT him there, least he’s got balls about him man!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 4, 2009 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Agree, Smith needs to start, at least he will fight. Fists or on the field, both are better than what we are doing at the moment.

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