Smith – We Must Keep Winning These Games


If we took a poll of who has been the best player so far this season at Newcastle then we would expect Alan Smith to either win it or be one of the leading contenders.

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Alan Smith – we must keep it up

Alan has had a tough time of it at Newcastle in the two seasons he has been here and of course his Achilles  injury of last year, which kept him out half the season didn’t help.

But we knew Alan was a much better player than he had shown in his time on Tyneside, and he is now showing what a vital player he can be for the club.

It says something when the lad has missed just  one league game so far this season, through suspension, and we ended up on the losing side – 2-1 at Blackpool a couple of weeks ago.

And Alan is one of the senior players who has been right behind stand-in manager Chris Hughton, since he took over as interim manager for the third time, and Alan talked today about his  manager:

“Chris is the manager, he’s in charge and he gets on with it,”  “Simple as that.”

“What we’ve got at the club are players who, when we go over that white line, take responsibility. Chris is the boss, he makes all the decisions. We just get on with it and try to do the best we can.”

“There seems to be momentum building and that’s great. Chris and Colin Calderwood have done well – all of the staff have been great – but we’ve got to keep it going.”

Newcastle’s start this season has been more than we could have hoped for, and most Newcastle fans are now wondering if it can last, or whether it is just still a shot in the pan.

But it’s been 9 games now, and we’ve dropped just 5 points,  and Saturday’s performance was such a memorable one – even against poor opposition – it showed a new spirit among the lads – a new spirit that was just great to see.

With the future ownership, management and playing staff still in doubt – well after all this is Newcastle – those expert pundits in the media, or should we call them the gloom and doom merchants, predicted (or at least hoped for) the demise of a great football club.

But so far so good and Hughton and his players, to their enormous credit, have made those  predictions look foolish, from the so called experts, who keep revealing they really know very little.

Alan continued:

“In the summer, I didn’t see why we couldn’t do well,” “A lot of people probably said with everything going on it would be too much of a distraction.”

“That’s what the coaching staff have done so well, they have taken all the distractions away and we’ve just got on with it as a group. We’ve knuckled down and worked hard because I think we felt we had a point to prove.”

“As players we put pressure on ourselves to produce good performances. We’re knocking the ball around because wins bring confidence, performances come with confidence. The pressure for us now is to keep winning.”

“As a professional footballer you should be constantly putting yourself under pressure so standards don’t slip. We know we didn’t play well against Plymouth and we wanted to put that right, which I think we did against Ipswich.”

“This is only the start. Wins are massive, especially if you can put them back to back and get a run going. We’ve got to carry on being as committed and as dedicated as we have been. If we do, that will stand us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

The improvement in Smith this season has been startling, to say the leas and for the vast majority of  Newcastel fans, this player epitomizes what is good about the Newcastle team this year.

100% commitment in every game, a down to earth  attitude and a burning desire to keep the good form and good results going.

And there are others this season who have stepped up to the plate. One such player is Kevin Nolan, who has already hit 6 goals, and threatens to have his best goal-scoring season ever, as he keeps popping up in the right place at the right time to poke that ball in the net.

Alan continued:.

“We went with two up front for the first time in a while and Andy Carroll and Nile Ranger were tremendous,”“That let Kevin Nolan bomb on from midfield and he got his hat-trick.”

“He fully deserved it because he’s probably been one of our best players this season. He likes to bomb forward and can do that if Nicky Butt and myself just sit in front of the back four and concentrate more on the defensive side.”

Next up is QPR tomorrow night, in what promises to be a tricky game for the lads.

But a big crowd and the same attitude the lads displayed last weekend, will go a long way to getting Newcastle their 8th league win in the first 10 league games.

Who would have thought we’d be saying that last June?

Howay The Lads!!



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20 comments so far

  • Dan4Toon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    He’s a great player for us now, i must say
    Team for the morra looks like being:

    Harper
    R.Taylor/Simpson S.Taylor Khiza Enrique
    Guthrie Nolan Smith Jonas
    Carroll Ranger

    Subs: Krul, Kadar, Butt, Geremi, Donaldson, Lovenkrands, Harewood

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #2

    Howay the Lads…Good comments keep it going!

    On the other hand I am glad players like Martins have gone especially when the come out with crap like this.

    Oba Martins
    He added: “I was very happy when the move was completed because Wolfsburg are a team that is on the up with a good group of players.

    “Plus, I didn’t really want to play in the Championship after experiencing the Premier League.

    “In the last season I was injured and I had surgery. They did not do it right. Other players were injured as well and that’s why we really went down.
    “For me we also didn’t try enough to avoid relegation.”

    Good riddance.

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #3

    This is an excellent example of the results of top-drawer man-management by Hughton.

    The players have responded to him by accepting and applying their responsibilities to the club, their team-mates and the fans.

    If this rolls on the way it is, then promotion’s a cert. However, the squad’s very light and it needs incomers to compensate for international absences, injuries, suspensions and not least, tactical changes where appropriate.

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  • dougnufc

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #4

    This guy have played so well, he deserves at least a goal.

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  • Dragonera

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #5

    SirJason

    I don’t see what is wrong with those comments to be honest. Sounds like he is just saying what everyone else thinks.

    Dan4Toon

    I don’t think Taylor will feature.
    I hope the team will be

    ———————–Harps———————-
    Geremi———Taylor—-Khiz———–Jose
    Guthrie——–Nolan—–Smith——–Jonas
    —————-Carroll—-Ranger—————

    Harewood, Butt and Lovenkrands to make sub appearances

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  • Bigbadbob

    Sep 29, 2009 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #6

    lesh – Hughton has done a good job but like the threat of relegation there is also the threat of promotion.
    Once the club is sold it will have to have a plan which will include integrating players for next season as well, the squad at the moment is doing the job for now but it is ill equipped for anything more, they couldnt even cope with a cup run.
    It would be devastating if this good start is not built on, players themselves have come out week after week and also Hughton, saying that the squad has to be bigger but we get a drip feed of four players in the four months since the end of last season.
    What did we ever do to deserve this torturous regime?

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  • bren32

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #7

    Lads keep this very quiet cause its a big secret. The players havent found out yet but this is a realy crappy division and when the lads ultimately gain promotion they are all goin to be thrown out of the club for being crap last year . We will then get lots of new player who know what they are doing and alan smith and all of his friends will be playing for the next crappy team trying to get promotion. Of course we could always keep them and get relegated again so we can win loadsa matches and keep all of the very forgiving fans very haapy not me though. Now remember sshhhh its a big secret.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #8

    Bigbadbob ,
    You are right but what we need is to keep this squad that we have.
    Lose Butt and Geremi

    Add Palyvuchenko(9), Hutton or Faubet, Simpson, Zurab, Larsson or Pennant, Johnson or Noble, Fox. Those wld be 7 players. Approx. 40m

    Develop our Kids and we will be ready for the Future.

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  • lesh

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #9

    BBB, you’re 100% correct and Bren and wdftta, you’re right too but we must be ambitious and… realistic – one step at a time.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    bren32, keep your secret to yourself. This league is a hard one. Thats why in the FA cup. Premier league clubs find it hard to score 4 goal past this low teams.

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  • will die for the toon army

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #11

    Team for the QPR:
    ……………………….Harper
    Geremi…………S.Taylor………..Zurab……….Enrique
    ………………………….Smith(c)
    …….Guthrie………………………………….Jonas
    …………………………..Nolan
    ……………Harewood………….Carroll
    Subs:
    Krul, Tozer, Butt,LuaLua,Donaldson,Ranger,Lovenkrands.

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  • jimmymac

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #12

    I’d love to see the back of Geremi, Barton, Butt if we get promoted. I’d take any players that are willing to be committed to club like most the current squad.

    I think the team will be the following for Rangers game:

    ————- –Harper —————–

    Simpson – Khis — Taylor – Enrique

    ————-Butt—Smith—————-

    —-Nolan————-Gutherie/Jonas

    ———-Carroll——-Harewood ——

    3-1 to the toon, Nolan, Carroll and Harewood all to score!!

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  • sirjasontoon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #13

    Dragonera-Get what you are saying but comments like that get me angry 🙂

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  • RyanToon

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #14

    Fair play to Alan this season! Ive slated him in the past, rightly or wrongly but CCC is his style of football and IS the best midfielder in the league IMO

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  • tdt

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #15

    Dragonera @ 6

    I agree with that team, as Barton, R.Taylor, Simpson and Collo r out.

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 29, 2009 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #16

    Bren, excellent!.. 🙂

    …Who woulda thunk it, gotta admire Smith’s tenacity & audacity to come back to this level of performance, when almost everyone, me inc., had given up on him!..Just goes to show, huh?..
    …RESPECT DUE to ALAN SMITH!..

    …Alan, Alan Smith, Alan, Alan Smith!..

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  • punk skunk...

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #17

    Her’s a little tug on the old heart strings from Geordie Times…http://timesonline.typepad.com/thegame/2009/09/i-love-kevin-keegan-love-him.html

    😉

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  • bren32

    Sep 29, 2009 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #19

    will die for the toon army, yea your dead right the premiership teams find it tough against the LOW teams.You see my friend that is exactly what we are and you have confirmed by point by what you have said. There are many reasons why big teams find it hard against us low teams but if we draw chelsea i know who i will be putting my house on. A great performance so far this year but i am afraid i would expect nothing less. I am keeping my two feet on the ground and when we get up like i said throw all these wasters out and get a proper team or suffer the same fate again. AAAAAA wooops i guess the secret is out.

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  • chuck

    Sep 29, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Hmmm! are these the same “fans”who were slating Smith and could`nt wait to get rid of him, not so long ago ?
    Problem was he was never a true striker, had trouble scoring and tended to be over aggressive,resulting in frequent cards.
    It was obvious to most and whoever was responsible for converting him and his naturally aggressive attitude into a DM , needs to be congratulated and may be responsible for a whole new career for the lad.

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