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.