Alan Smith had one of his best games for the Tyneside club on Saturday at WBA as he put in a tireless display in central midfield.
Alan Smith – excellent display in midfield for Newcastle
And Smith was more than happy with both the display and the result on Saturday against one of the clubs fancied for promotion this season from the Championship.
Nobody has ever doubted Alan’s commitment to the Newcastle club, and he has been a leading figure in the Magpies’ dressing room this summer, and has helped Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood enormously during the pre-season.
It’s Alan’s form and where to play him, which has been a problem since he was brought in from Manchester United for £6M two years ago.
We were very pleased with Alan’s performance on Saturday, and as the captain for the day he epitomized the fight and spirit of the Saturday’s fighting Magpies – and we have to hope we’ll see a lot more of this during this season.
Certainly it was one aspect of our play last season that caused us to be relegated – we just didn’t fight hard enough against the less skillful sides in the Premier League – and we got what we deserved, quite honestly.
Alan Smith told the Evening Chronicle today:
“We played some good football at times.” “But I’m not going to lie and say that it was easy.” “We have lost some good players, we lost Sebastien and Habib last week and we wish them all the best on their travels.”
“But the main thing is that the lads who are still here want to be here and I think they proved that at West Brom.”
“I haven’t enjoyed a game like that for some time – I felt like I was 10 again.” “People watching on TV must have seen that we all enjoyed that game.”
“It was played in the right spirit and there were tackles going in everywhere.” “There were 50-50 challenges all over the place and a couple of goals.”
“The referee did very well and it was a good game all round.” “It was difficult to come to West Brom to start our season.”
“But it was a good performance and we have to build on that.”
And Smith feels that Newcastle could easily have picked up the maximum haul of three points, and so do we as we were the classier side in the second half and needed just that little bit of luck, which we didn’t get on the day.
Of course we also know that young Tim Krul made a string of fine saves too.
“We could have won it.” “We have lost bodies and when then happens you lose a bit of continuity and how we are set up from set-plays.
“If you are losing people day to day, what you have set up to do is more difficult.” “Everybody understands that.”
“On the other hand from the set plays at the other end, Kevin Nolan had a header that was close and we looked dangerous.”
“We looked good going forward and bring the ball out.” “That sums up Newcastle and the fans want to see us going forward.”
“It was end to end and it was a good day all round.”
If it is true that we will need a lot of fight in the side to get promoted then we hope Alan stays at the club, because he is showing just the right attitude that we want to see from our players, and to be sure, he would make a decent captain for this season too.
There’s no sign that Alan wants to leave the club and miss what will be a terrific fight ahead.
Good for you Alan!