Alan Smith has today tried to calm Newcastle fans’ fears on the relegation threat.
Alan Smith – you tell them Alan!
Alan told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We showed against Man United that we can to go to Hull and get a performance and result.” “It showed against Man United that everybody is going the right direction.”
“There was a great togetherness and a great belief.” “There is no reason why we can’t go to Hull and play similarly. They are on a bad run as well.”
“Yes, they won against Fulham, but we have to be positive.” “It’s an old cliche but it’s true – we’ve got 10 cup finals left.”
The Evening Chronicle is reporting that anxiety is still present on the streets of Newcastle right now, and we’re not surprised. The Newcastle games aren’t exactly easy to watch these days, especially since the results hardly ever seem to go our way of late.
In fact watching the Manchester United – Inter Milan game last night, Newcastle played as well, if not better than Inter played, when we met the Red Devils last Wednesday night at St. James’ Park. In fact we tore them apart – almost – in the first 20 minutes. 😀
But the difference between Inter-Milan and Newcastle is Inter actually beat teams that are not as good as them, unlike Newcastle. That’s one of our big problem, and we can start changing that on Saturday.
Alan Smith is just the type of character we’d like to see start the game on Saturday too, and he believes that despite the defeat against his former club, the fans should take some encouragement from the performance against Manchester United.
“I think that we gave them some belief.” “It was probably a shock to everybody the way that we started.”
“I have spoken to some of the Manchester United players since and they said that the Newcastle game was one of the most difficult games they’ve had for a long, long time.”
Smith was also able to take some solace from the pep talk by his former Man U team-mates:
“It gave me a boost. We’re a team that haven’t had what we deserved at times.”
“We just need a little bit of luck to go our way.” “Even at Bolton there wasn’t much in it – we conceded a poor goal and lost 1-0.”
“Against Man United, if you can keep them at bay for as long as we did and restrict them to limited opportunities, you are doing the right things.”
“Even the goals we conceded, one came via a deflection that Steve Harper would normally save and the other came from a mistake we can eradicate.”
“We have to look forward, go to Hull and take the positives out of Man United.” “We can go there full of confidence.”
We’ve blasted Alan in the past, probably too much, for his lack of form at the club, but we’ve never doubted his character ever. If Smith can now start to play like we know he can for the Tyneside club, he’ll fast become a favorite with the Newcastle fans, because his attitude epitomizes the Newcastle spirit – now he just has to keep up the good form he showed against Manchester United.
We think Alan can do exactly that.
Howay The Lads!!