Smith Refuses To Panic Over Newcastle Poor Run


Alan Smith is proving to be an excellent captain for Newcastle this season, in the continued absence of Nicky Butt from the starting line-up.

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Alan Smith – a good captain for Newcastle this season

Smith told the Evening Chronicle today, before the 9,000 sell-out at Glanford Park tonight:

“Our fans were unbelievable again, and we appreciated every one of them coming down.”

“I think we were a team they could have been proud of second half, and we should have at least got a point.”   “We’ve got to make sure we start games better.” “Scunthorpe’s going to be exactly the same.”

“Every team wants to beat us, and will run that bit further against us. It was like a cup final for them afterwards – that’s what it means to beat us.”

“The decisive touches we had at the start of the season don’t seem to be going our way at the minute.” “We’ve got to keep working hard, and we’ve got another game tonight.”

“Whether we’ve won or lost, we’ve got to put it to bed and look to the next game.”

But Smith is far too experienced a player to panic at all, because of our less than stellar recent results, and the Newcastle captain said it’s just a poor run the side is going through right now:

“Panic? Not at all.” “In the second half against Bristol City and Forest, we played as well as we have done all season.”

“It’s strange – against Reading we played the same as we did against Bristol, and scored four goals. It’s just one of those things that happens.”

“Hopefully, we can get a combination together, even a ricochet or deflected goal, once you get one, they always flow.”

“The one Kevin had disallowed was touch and go, and maybe earlier in the season, he’d have kept his flag down.”

Some of  Newcastle’s players are likely to be surprised at the small changing rooms and cramped conditions at Glanford Park,  but Smith has played there before with Leeds United.

Alan continued:

“I played there in an FA Cup tie for Leeds in 2002.” “We won 2-0, and I would take that tonight.”  “It’s a hard place to go. Sheffield United went there and got beaten.”

“Every game’s difficult, especially for us travelling to grounds – we’re a scalp for everyone.” “They’re all good occasions.”   “We have to start well. We’ve not played consistently for the two halves – we’ve looked like two different teams.”

“We were chasing the game. The ball wouldn’t drop, and in the end, their keeper’s not really had a save to make in the second half.”  “It’s gone now – we’ve got to keep our spirits high.” “Funnily enough, everyone else got beaten apart from West Brom.”

“It’s an opportunity dropped, but we’ve not lost out. We’ve got to keep our spirits high.”   “We can’t look back and be too despondent. We’ve got to take that second half into Glanford Park.”

Alan Smith has always had a great attitude in the dressing room, and now he’s showing Newcastle fans not only what a good solid player he can be, but he’s also proving to be just the sort of captain we need this season, following the rather inept leadership of  a certain Michael Owen last year.

Keep it up Alan – and yes we need all 3 points tonight.



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34 comments so far

  • MacToon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #1

    Corporal Jones comes to mind

    “DON’T PANIC”

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  • premier

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #2

    Aye Divvent panic Smithy–we all know that should the Toon get back into the Premiership a beach ball would be more likely to get on the score sheet than you!!

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  • Graeme

    Oct 20, 2009 at 3:53 PM

    Comment #3

    With only 2 points taken out of the last 9 available and 4 points out of 6 at SJP its not looking particularly clever is it.

    Smith has shown an incredible difference this season compared to last. Some of his performances have been truely heroic. Long may it continue as it has to spur the rest of them on to work harder.

    Will settle for a realistic point, but hope we take all 3. If we start with Ranger up front anything is possible as long as its a 4-4-2 team sheet.

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  • RyanToon

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #4

    Les av em tonight lads!

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  • NorCal ToonFan

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #5

    I am not going to get too negative on the lads or CH…unlike a few of you. However, the one thing that keeps bothering me is the players’ statements about going to other clubs. R. Taylor, Nolan, Jona and Smith have all said that going to other clubs is tough because we’re like a scalp for them or it’s like a cup final for the other team…perhaps if the Newcastle players had that attitude as well, we’d have gotten more than 2 out of the last 9 points available.

    I iwsh I could get to a game…but I’ll support them the best I can from NorCal.
    Howay!

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  • NorCal ToonFan

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #6

    Oh, and by the way, i can’t type or spell
    Jonas
    wish…arg!

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  • baro

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #7

    any links 2 game guys pllease

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  • NewcastleMole

    Oct 20, 2009 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #8

    @Baro

    Just Radio Newcastle

    Champions League matches
    Playing in Championship
    Playing Scunthorpe

    All go against TV Coverage m8

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  • toonsy

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:30 PM

    Comment #9

    Alan, we only got 3 against Reading mate.

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  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #10

    if we divent beat these tonite its time to pack in ASHLEY LAMBS ARSE AND HUGHTON OOT BUNCH OF T0SSPOTS

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  • baro

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #11

    Links to the game mates

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Baro I dont think it will be shown on any links I think commentary is the best we will get. Im sure someone will put a link up for it.

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:48 PM

    Comment #13

    batty hows tricks buddy. For the 1st time this season I have no confidence in us tonight, plus I think the Hare will play instead of Ranger.

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  • batty

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #14

    dave exactly same as me m8 we have a bunch of w@nkers in charge

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  • Tramp

    Oct 20, 2009 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Stop being so fecking negative and get behind the lads.

    Yeah, we have had a dip in form… We can all see that, but we know we have the players and the quality in this league to get the win tonight.

    I mean seriously, jeeeeeez! A ball hasn’t been kicked and the friggin’ fans are writing the boys off already!!??!

    Sort it out. I’d imagine Chris would have worked hard with the guys the past few days and they’ll be looking to bounce back!!

    Mon tha toon!!

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #16

    Batty what makes it worse was we all thought we got rid of the DOF but now we have fat Ma filling the post and he is even more useless than the rat Wise.

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  • Jay jay

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #17

    Constant negatives at this club just shatter my confidence, can’t see us getting anything tonight, hope i’m wrong like!

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:14 PM

    Comment #18

    If Kadar doesn’t get his opportunity tonight when all our recognised CB’s are out injured and we are playing Scunthorpe (no disrespect) he might as well pack his bags and try somewhere else.

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #19

    Just been on the news that Greggs plan to open 600 new shops.

    Oi oi obesity, diabetes and bunny boilers!

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  • toonsy

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #20

    jayjay – In light of recent news stories, would you mind telling us what there is to be positive about?

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #21

    Mind yee. Those soylent green pasties are mint!

    👿

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #22

    Off topic but I thought that those Salvation Army dancers were great with Cheryl Cole the other nret. 👿

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #23

    burra pants were pants

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  • toonsy

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #24

    Im sorry, as a man, i always always genuinely look to find the best in people and never wish anyone any harm. The opposite is true when i think of our owner. Ive been walking around since Sunday fuming about what the asshole said in the papers about us fans. Quite frankly, he is better off dead off dead rather than darkening the doors of SJP! Can anyone cut his brake cables/ loosen his helicopter blades? Anything to get rid of him!

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  • Jay jay

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Nothing at all toonsy thats my point!

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  • Big Dave

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #26

    Isaac dont know about the Dancers but Cheryl is mighty fine 😉

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Dave: She cannit sing or dance but bliddy ‘ell she can play with my red balls anytime.

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  • Shot Bru

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #28

    I wonder if Kadar will get his chance tonight considering we have no recognised CB’s and we are playing Scunthorpe, if he doesn’t he might as well pack his bags and sign for a more forward thinkin club

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  • Isaac Hunt

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #29

    Toonsy: What time is your next shift at the Samaratens?

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  • thud and blunder

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #30

    NUFC: Steve Harper, Ryan Taylor, Zurab Khizanishvili, Danny Simpson, Jose Enrique, Danny Guthrie, Alan Smith (c), Kevin Nolan, Jonas Gutierrez, Geremi, Andy Carroll
    Subs: Tim Krul, Tamas Kadar, Marlon Harewood, Nile Ranger, Peter Lovenkrands, Ryan Donaldson, Ben Tozer

    He is playing one up front by the looks of it!! CH hasnt got a clue!!!

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  • thud and blunder

    Oct 20, 2009 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #31

    Ive been saying it for weeks and weeks, CH hasnt got a clue!!! He is tactically inept

    Bad bad decision if he gets made perm manager

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  • micbush

    Oct 20, 2009 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #32

    for those who say Chris houghton shouldn’t be given the job or say he hasn’t got a clue, i have one question for you..

    Could you do a better job? Do you think the players would respond better to you? Do you think you could motivate them any better?

    If so then send your CV to Mike Ashley (i’m sure he’ll have a look). But if not, just SHUTUP AND GET BEHIND THE TEAM AND MANAGER!

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  • Macas

    Oct 20, 2009 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #33

    Hughton got it wrong the other day by leaving Harewood on for so long but he has shown he is capable of making changes if necessary. Lovenkrands and Harewood on the bench and 2 wide players in Geremi and Gutierrez which is a bonus. I don’t think he’s the greatest manager around but I also don’t think he deserves criticism for nothing, everyone has their own ideas about team selection.

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  • chuck

    Oct 20, 2009 at 9:54 PM

    Comment #34

    History has a way of repeating itself.
    (I played here in a cup tie with Leeds in 92)
    So your the jonah eh !
    Could very well be playing Leeds next season,
    as they look like a promotion side.
    Sure we topped the league and everyone automatically assumed we would just need to go through the motions and be back where we belong next season.
    Well i got news for you so did Leeds fans.
    Yes we do have more talent than most second tier teams ,but are thin on the ground and no where close to being able to compete in the PL.
    We are in a position of extremis where we have to buy or die , the status quo is not a choice.
    Another season in the second tier would be catastrophic, we would lose our top players, have reduced income and end up as another former top club fallen on hard times.
    If Ashley wants to sell (and believe it , he does)
    it will take money to make money, in other words, strengthen the team, gain promotion,equalls a bigger price for a PL side .
    And believe it, thats what most fans (other than
    Stardust) are waiting for.

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