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.
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.
“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.