Smith And Geremi Both Superb Against Red Devils


One of the surprising and very pleasant things about the game on Wednesday night against Manchester United was the way Smith and Geremi played in midfield for the Magpies, as they fought for every ball, and played extremely well in their unaccustomed positions of central midfield.

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Geremi – showed tremendous character on Wednesday night

It was Smith’s first start of the season, and it’s hard to have such a fine first game for the club, after having been out of the side for over 6 months through injury, and Geremi played very well indeed, considering in his last two outings, he had looked just hopeless.

But the way these two lads played on Wednesday night was a credit to both of them, and their characters, and it was great to see both lads back to form.

We’ve been critical on the blog of both players, for their performances, but they proved us wrong on Wednesday night – and good for them.

And coach Chris Hughton was quick to praise the pair when he spoke to nufcTV:

“When you take into consideration that was Alan Smith’s first game of the season he was fantastic,”

“Geremi also hasn’t figured much of late but he was also terrific.” “But I thought they showed great control and ran the game against a very good Man United midfield.”

“Alan tired towards the end which was inevitable and the occasion got more out of him.” “I was delighted with their performance and they gave everything they could for the team.”

Of course the sickening thing about Wednesday night is we got absolutely nothing out of the game, nothing, and are now just one point above the drop zone.

The club has 10 games left, and every single game will be like a Cup Final, and we have to go for all 3 points in every single match, starting at Hull City a week tomorrow.

If we can win the game at Hull, we’ll give ourselves a chance of surviving what has been just a terrible season for the club.  But we must get on the winning track, and quickly, before it’s too late.

Comments welcome.



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16 comments so far

  • Stuart79

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #1

    Agreed- Best I’ve seen them play since they arrived.

    I think we should keep the same team against Hull. They deserve the chance.

    If they don’t put the same amount of effort in or don’t play the same we will have found out a hell of a lot about our players.

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  • Slam magd

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #2

    Thought geremi looked lost without pocession n was running round in circles! I’d prefer smith upfront with oba, definately our best strike partnership for now.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #3

    Likewise – thought they played very well – a few wayward passes from time to time but overall – first class when you consider how little they have played.

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  • Stardust

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Stuart STOP!!!!

    “If they don’t put the same amount of effort in or don’t play the same we will have found out a hell of a lot about our players.”

    I even agree with that! not healthy lol

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  • NE3 NICK

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, they both played well. It was why we had a lot more of the game than we all forecasted prior to kick off.

    Just a damn shame we gifted them the winner…

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  • RyanToon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #6

    geremi is hopeless, so slow, get rid

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  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 6, 2009 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Same team and fighting spirit against Hull please. The lads deserv that.

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  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #8

    Geremi n Smudge were definitely better than Butt has been all season……
    That`s not hard i guess.
    Although i reckon Butt was having his best game for us against Bolton before he got injured

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  • big boomer

    Mar 6, 2009 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #9

    The bottom of your beer glass must be mighty thick if you thought these two played superb. What do you define as superb.
    What telling contribution did they make to the game.
    I would expect it of every player to be able to pass, tackle and run.
    Does it not show how far we have fallen when you think it “superb” that players do it.
    Neither would start in first XI Nolan and Barton are best two midfielders.

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  • Girth

    Mar 6, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #10

    errr dunno about that like, better headline:
    ‘Smith and Geremi werent as shat as usual’
    ok ok im being harsh, they did give a committed performance, but then again, that what they get paid to do!!!
    I will go on the record right now and say that if they play together in the next game they will be awful!!! Its a cert, cause thats what our players do!!!

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  • pavel01

    Mar 6, 2009 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #11

    Even though neither would start if everyone was fit…one thing that geremi does give us is someone who looks to pass and spread the play instead of some of the hoofs that butt frequently attempts…but then works nowhere near as hard as butt or smith when we lose possession…if you combine smith and geremi they are one decent midfielder but neither are enough on their own

    whens guthrie going to be back?

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  • Macedonia toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #12

    Better than Butt, that for sure

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    Marty-Toon – Butt was horrendous v Bolton, but class the game before v Everton. IMO But’s best game for us was Spurs away last season, 1-4 win.

    As for: ‘Smith And Geremi Both Superb Against Red Devils’

    In the first half, both get 8/10 but second half Geremi gets a 5/10 and Smith gets a 3/10, and yes, I know it was because of lack of match fitness, but they were not good in the second half.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #14

    Guthire-Barton is our best partnership IMO.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Mar 6, 2009 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #15

    Guthrie-Geremi v Hull please.

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  • marshy

    Mar 6, 2009 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #16

    both butt and geremi have occasional good games but both lack pace and in the PL that can be suicidal.

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