Alan Smith will miss his second game because of suspension on Saturday and that is not particularly good news for Newcastle.
Alan Smith – misses game through suspension on Saturday
But Alan plays in such an aggressive way and often his reputation goes before him, and he will always pick up more than his fair share of bookings, unfortunately.
The booking last night at Glanford Park last night took him to five bookings, so he misses the vital game against Doncaster Rovers on Saturday – a game we must win to get back on track for the season.
Nicky Butt will come in for the game on Saturday,but talking on the loss of Smith, Hughton told the Evening Chronicle today:
“Losing any player is a major blow.” “But I think experience tells you if you worry too much about which players could get booked, you can’t pick the team you want to pick.”
“We’ve missed Alan Smith for one game already through suspension, and it’s something we have to cope with, and work around.”
This is a chance for Nicky Butt to come in and show he can still do the job. Certainly he’s experienced enough and can surely be a decent player in England’s second division.
We look to Nicky to come in and captain the side to a much needed victory – we need one very badly.