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.
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.