Newcastle are more than well placed to obtain promotion this season, but there’s nothing ever certain in football, as we all learned last season when the lads got themselves relegated.
Alan Smith – we’ve done nowt yet
And it’s refreshing and encouraging that Newcastle captain Alan Smith has come out today, and warned Newcastle fans not to get too carried away, not yet anyway.
Alan Smith is very keen to keep things in stark reality on Tyneside and talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“We’ve done nowt yet!” “But we’ll keep going until the very end.” “It’s the oldest cliché of the lot, but we have to take each game as it comes.”
“We haven’t achieved anything yet and it would be wrong to assume that it’s all over.” “Our home form is brilliant and that will always stand you in good stead.”
“Whatever league you’re in, if you do well at home it gives you a massive lift.” “You can go away and not play so well, which we have done this season, then come back and do well.”
“We’ve gone away and got the odd goal and then we’ve been defending for our lives.” “But the home form has been massive for us.”
Smith came back into the team after being left out in a tactical move for last Wednesday’s game against Coventry, when the attacking Danny Guthrie was preferred in midfield.
And Alan wasted no time in lining up Peter Lovenkrands for his goal after just 3 minutes, and he also played through Kevin Nolan for the second goal on 55 minutes.
Alan was signed as a striker, and still hasn’t scored for Newcastle United – not yet anyway, but he went very close on Saturday, when Preston goalkeeper Andy Lonegran made a superb save from Smith’s excellent shot on goal.
But just as Kevin Nolan has already said today, Smith was just happy to pick up another vital 3 points at home, and with WBA losing rather surprisingly at Bristol City yesterday afternoon, Newcastle are now 6 points clear of the 3rd placed side.
“It was a good win and I always thought it would be a very difficult game for us.” “When you play a team with a new manager who has a few new players in, it will always be tough.”
“They’ve got some good players but the performance capped off a good week for us.” “We scraped the draw at Swansea and getting wins against Coventry, then Preston, caps off a good week.”
“If we’d looked at it before, we’d have taken that.” “It’s good momentum. We’ve now got a bit of a break and then we start again at Watford.”
“Chris Hughton won’t let us get carried away.” “We can’t get above our station.”
“As far as I’m concerned we have achieved nothing yet, and until we get promoted that will be the case.” “We have to keep trying to churn out results.”
Well said Alan, and it’s good we now have some strong willed and down to earth players at the club – players like Alan, Kevin Nolan, Steve Harper, Steven Taylor and others who will give their all to the Newcastle cause.
These are men who will ensure the team doesn’t create even more horror stories for the Newcastle fans, as happened last season – which is still far too vivid in our minds.
The lads can bury tho0se feelings during the next 14 games – if they keep up the good form of the first 32 games of the season, and as Alan advises keep their feet firmly on the ground.
Howay The Lads!!.