Alan Smith, the former Leeds and Manchester United man, came off the bench at half-time yesterday, and put in a good second half shift for the side, and he has come out today and says he knows what’s required in our final 5 games of this terrible season.
Alan Smith – can still do a job for Newcastle this season
Of course the only thing that matters now is the Portsmouth game at St. James’ Park, and we have to hope we can get a win in that game, and if we can then our chances of staying up will be completely re-invigorated.
Alan said today:
“We have to put the Tottenham game behind us now, take the positives and work on the negatives and get ready for Monday night against Portsmouth.”
“The three home games are massive – everyone understands that.” “We’ll have 52,000 fans right behind us and those three games could determine our season.”
“Everybody knows we have to win on Monday. There can be no sitting back we’ll have to go for it, we need three points.” “But it’s one thing talking about it we’ve got to go out and put in the performance to get the three points.”
We think Alan can do a job for the club in the last 5 games of the season, because nobody can question this lad’s fight or spirit, and he did have an excellent game for us at home against Manchester United, and maybe Alan Shearer thinks Smith could provide the bite we are missing in midfield.
We are also lacking leaders on the filed, which is why we were particularly disappointed with Owen and Butt yesterday.
Alan Smith continued:
“We give ourselves a mountain to climb week in, week out and I think that’s what the gaffer will want to try and put right.
“In this league no matter who you are, even if you are the best team in the league, it’s always difficult when you go behind.” “I think the second half was more about character and this is definitely a set of lads who are well up for this fight.”
“I’ve been injured eight months and it takes a while.” “I spoke to the manager when he came in and he said he wanted me to be a big part of this squad.”
“I’d only started two games all season and in this situation I think he had to assess the boys who had played and were fully match fit.”
“I’ve played a few more reserve games since he came in and I feel good. I want to be part of this squad and try and help Newcastle United stay in this division.”
“It’s only my fourth game of the season. It’s been frustrating having to watch the lads and not been able to help them.” “Hopefully we can all get our heads down and build on the second half performance.”
“Because that was a performance of a set of lads who are determined to stay in this division and anyone watching will see that.”
We hope so.
Alan Smith can be the hero for Newcastle, because we’re just hoping come May 24th at Aston Villa, at the end of the season, we somehow stay up, and if we do that there will no doubt be a few players who will have saved us.
We’d be very happy if that was Alan, even though we have criticized the lad quite a lot this season. But hey, it’s a lot more important that Newcastle stay up this season, than whether we are right about the players.
Do it Alan, and make us eat out words – please!