Alan Smith Desperate For Chance To Save Newcastle

Alan Smith came on in the second half on Sunday afternoon for the injured Steven Taylor, and put in a good shift for 45 minutes.


Alan Smith – has the right character for a relegation fight

And it seems his good work on Sunday afternoon for the side has not gone unnoticed by manager Alan Shearer, and Alan talked to Newcastle United TV yesterday about Smith:

“I was very pleased with Alan when he came on,”

“It was the first time he’s played for a while and his energy levels were very good.”

“He came on and did a job and I was happy with him.”

Smith could now come into the reckoning for a bigger role when Portsmouth come to St.James’ Park on Monday night, and maybe he will be deployed in central midfield, as the current partnership of Butt and Nolan seems to have run out of steam, almost completely.

And Shearer added:

“I’ve spoken to him and he’s desperate to play his part.”

“It’s a case of number of games with Alan though because he’s not played a tremendous amount.”

“But he will play a part and we’ll have to wait and see whether that’s from the start or coming from the bench.”

Good words from Alan and of course he’s right because we will need to rely on our substitutes in the next 5 games to change the game if we need to do that, so we can pick up points in every game, and get at least 3 wins.

If we can do that we’ll be safe, but Alan is almost the perfect personality for the plight we’re in because you know the lad will give everything he has, just as he did in the second half on Sunday afternoon.

And there is a big opportunity for some heroes at Newcastle before the end of the season, and Alan could well be one of them.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • lesh

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe a combination of Smith and Barton with Lovenkrands might just provide the spark and supply to help Oba and Viduke to do the business?

  • brownrob

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #2

    Barton for the creativity, Smith for the workrate, and McLoven and Jonas for the pace and trickery on the wings

    Oba and Viduka up front, with Carroll coming on when the defence gets tired

    Bassong LB Edgar and Taylor CB and Beye RB

    We need Taylor in CB due to his strength in the air as pompey will be lobbing balls into crouch

  • richyg01

    Apr 22, 2009 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #3

    Pompey Line-Up

    —————— Harper —————-
    -Beye —- Bass – Tayls —- Enrique-

    —– Smith — Barton — Jonas ——

    —————– Owen ——————
    ——- Viduka ——— Martins ——

    Krul, McLoven, Carroll, Collo, Nolan, R. Taylor

  • Sav

    Apr 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM

    Comment #4

    Howay, man. Smith has had chances to ‘save Newcastle’. If he and a bunch of other overpaid wasters had taken some of those chances, we wouldn’t be where we are now.
    He is desperate alright, but not in the way you mean.

  • chuck

    Apr 22, 2009 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #5

    He could possibly save his career if he converted to a defensive midfield role, face it he is no striker but puts out as an energetic runner who can play a physical game.
    Play Butt for a half then insert Smith for the 2nd. half when Butts legs go, Why not!


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