Well it looks like gritty Alan Smith will again be the captain for the first home game of the season against Reading on Saturday, with the game starting with a strange 5:20 pm kick off time.
Alan Smith – captain again against Reading – good
It looks like Nicky Butt, who required hand surgery after dislocating his thumb at Darlington last month, will not be risked given the type of injury he has.
Butt has returned to light training though, so that’s good but Chris Hughton explained:
“We do not want to bring him back too soon.”
“It is the type of injury which, if we brought him back too early, he could end up fracturing it again.”
“The home game with Reading is certainly too early for him.”
That means Alan Smith will lead out the team on Saturday and he’s likely to get a good reception after putting in a wonderful 90 minutes of grit and guts on Saturday, and the lad certainly led the team by example.
We’ve never been a big fan of Smith’s since he’;s hardly approached his top form at Newcastle, but this type of performance and attitude is just exactly what the team needs and we hope Alan can keep supplying that.
And Hughton added some deserved praise for the Yorkshireman too:
“Alan will again be captain.” “I must say I thought he was excellent at West Brom and led by example with his desire and commitment.”
“But that’s what you get from Alan and that’s why he has been captain in the absence of Nicky.”
In fact some of the players who took us down have a chance during August to show they can fight when it really matters, and we’ll be looking for another fighting display from them on Saturday, but we need to get those 3 points as well.
Then we’ll be nicely positioned after a couple of games, and things may even start to look up.
The Newcastle fans certainly deserve some good news about the team very soon.