Smith, Coloccini And Ranger Top Men Against Cardiff

We have closed our poll today on who was MOM (Man Of the Match) for Newcastle against Cardiff City on Sunday.


Alan Smith – just shades MOM award for Cardiff game

Newcastle got a professional and well deserved 1-0 win, and seemingly did just enough to win although the last 20 minutes was a little scary as Cardigg had most of the ball, but hardly created too many clear-cut chances.

Of the 321 votes cast through this morning – there were only two players in it really.

Captain Alan Smith, who again epitomized the new spirit which is Newcastle United this season, edged it with 126 votes (38.2%) with goal-scorer Collocini a close second on 116 votes (36.1%) and young Nile Ranger – who improves seemingly with every game, and again ran his socks off for the cause, recieving 19 votes (5.9%).

Here are the results – with Simpson and the Taylor brothers (just kidding), rounding out the top 6.

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We’ll be doing this for every game this season so as soon as each game is over, let’s have your vote and we’ll get the results out in the morning – two days later.

Comments always welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Bill F

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #1

    What happened to Harper and Enrique both of whom had better games than R.Taylor.

  • Bill F

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #2

    And none of that first rubbish. 🙂

  • Bill F

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #3

    Not to mention Guthrie who was as surprised as me at getting him the Hook.

  • jordi

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #4

    Voted for Smith, more for his commitment than anything else. Someone needs to teach the lad to tackle properly though or I can see picky refs targeting him cautioning him out of games.

  • Bill F

    Sep 15, 2009 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #5

    Unfortunately Jordi, it’s the nature of his game. If he was just a little quicker then those tackles would be penalty free. I think we will just have to accept that he is going to get a few red cards this season as long as it is towards the end of games! Still worth having him in the team despite this aspect of his game.

  • Ross

    Sep 15, 2009 at 12:08 PM

    Comment #6

    Smith can tackle, he just leaves nothing behind going in for the ball and has a reputation. He will always be a tough tackler, its the nature of his game. He’ll win the ball and leave whomever it is in a heap on the floor purely because he goes in hard. Sadly, referee’s will be almost waiting for him to slip up because they know he’s an old fashioned player. I think he’ll be on a slightly looser leash in the championship however. He’s been a changed player this season. Sitting infront of the back four he’s put in some real crunching tackles and he breaks up opposition attacking play well. We’ll miss him midweek because i get the impression Blackpool are a bit of a physical long ball team from what other people have said, but we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • batty

    Sep 15, 2009 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #7

    aye ross thats where fergie used to play him in front of the back 4

  • Whumpie

    Sep 15, 2009 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    Must admit that I thought Enrique was the outstanding player – but perhaps only in terms of entertainment. Some of his ball control was just fantastic… with the small exception of the slip-up which nearly led to a penalty against us.

    Can’t say I enjoyed the game much, though – real ugly, with no pace or width. Barton was a waste of space – yet again – and we’re crying out for a replacement for Martins; someone to run at defences.

    Same for wingers; Lua Lua is too young yet, and we need another Nobby style player who gets to the line and gets the crosses in.

    But hey – 5 wins on the bounce and none conceded? Bleedin’ fantastic, lads.

    Any thoughts on line-ups for tomorrow?


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