Captain for the game tomorrow, Alan Smith, has given out a plea to Newcastle United’s fans and players, on the eve of the new Championship campaign.
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The 28-year-old has been given the black-and-white armband by stand-in boss Chris Hughton in the absence of injured captain Nicky Butt, who is recovering from an operation on his hand.
Alan will lead the lads into the new season tomorrow, when they face West Brom on Saturday evening, and hopefully can start the campaign with a good win.
The Magpies have of course sold out their ticket allocation for the Hawthorns and will have a solid backing of fans – as usual.
Alan told nufc.co.uk today:
“We need the fans more than ever – especially in the face of adversity,” “We want to show the fans how much this football club means to us and we want to stick together as a team.”
“There are 15, 20 lads in that dressing rooms who are determined to get back into the Premier League.” “But we’ve got to get used to battling and grafting because every team coming to Newcastle, and for every team facing us, it’ll be like a cup final for them.”
“The dressing room is as close as it’s ever been since I’ve been here, which is what we need through a difficult season.” “We’ll need every player, we’ll need the young lads as well and we’ll need to support each other as we go along.”
“All we are focused on now is August 8th and getting off to the best possible start.”
Those are great words from Alan, and we only hope the lads can produce the goods on the field, which they certainly didn’t do last season, even though the players’ statements before the games were just as rousing.
As we found out last season fighting words are just not good enough, without tough and spirited play on the pitch, and we will need to see a lot more spirit and fight on the pitch tomorrow, if indeed we are to get the win we badly need.
If we can produce that, and the lads are in any kind of form tomorrow, then we could even win, and that’s the result every single Newcastle fan wants to see tomorrow.
This is after the heartbreak at the club of the last 11 weeks, which is right now in a sorry mess, due in very large part to the ridiculous antics of owner Mike Ashley over the summer months.
The owner has done nothing but try to sell the club, at the expanse of any preparation for the new season, which is now upon us.
Howay The Lads!!