Alan Smith was booked after just 2 minutes of the game on Saturday night when he was adjudged to have made a tackle from behind, after Jose Enrique played a hospital ball to him.
Alan Smith – booked after just 2 minutes
It should never have been a booking as it was Alans’ first foul, and the game had just got under way – and it seemed a case of Smith’s legendary tough play going ahead of him.
Of course one more booking for Smith and we were down to 10 men so it’s always worrisome when our players get booked, especially early in the games.
However it seems that referee Taylor apologized to Alan at half time:
“I don’t know how it was a booking – I just put it back to where it was.”
“The referee said to me at half time, ‘I won’t book you for anything you do in the second half, because it’s not a booking’.”
“It’s one of those things – he apologized at half-time for it, but he can’t take it off, unfortunately.” “It wasn’t even a booking.”
“The referee apologised, but he can’t take it away. I’ll get on with it.” “Bookings, suspensions, sendings off are going to happen in this league – there’s a lot of games. “
What we often fail to remember is that referees are people too, and they make mistakes just like the players – the problem is becoming, that in big money football the referee’s mistakes get amplified out of all proportion.
And while the performance of the Newcastle team was hopeless at times on Saturday, yes just hopeless, our captain refused to get too downhearted after the team slipped to second place in the Coca-Cola Championship on goal difference to West Bromwich Albion, who had a good 3-1 win against Reading.
Alan, who gave a good and typical fighting performance in the second half on Saturday, continued:
“It’s been a bit of a roller-coaster, and I’m sure there are many ups and downs to come.” “We’re disappointed – in the second half we didn’t get out of their half.”
“We’ve been beaten by a goal just before half time – it was a poor time to concede.” “In the second half we couldn’t have done much more to score a goal, and if we’d got one, we’d have got two.”
A win is all we need tomorrow night to get back on track – it’s as easy as that.