Let’s Not Get Carried Away – We’ve Done Nowt Yet

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.

Alan continued:

“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!!.

10 comments so far

  • Marty-Toon

    Feb 22, 2010 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #1

    Quality player,bout time he got a goal though

  • Toontastico

    Feb 22, 2010 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Hardly a quality player! He is however solid, hard working and his constant grafting is an inspiration to those around him. He can do a job for us in the PL but he definately is not a top class CM/DCM as his passing, pace and timing of the tackle are not good enough to be classed as such.

  • MacToon

    Feb 22, 2010 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #3

    “his passing, pace and timing of the tackle are not good enough….”

    Therefor Toontastico I don’t think he’ll be upto the prem.

  • Uchiha_Itachi

    Feb 22, 2010 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #4

    I disagree entirely. The schedule has been far more demanding than in previous seasons, Alan himself barely getting a game last season at all (I remember hearing his name once). Much like the case with Nolan both have been instrumental in embodying the fighting spirit that has put and most importantly consistently kept us in the position we currently find ourselves in.

    IMO Alan’s understated but consistent performances which led to him i believe having a 100% tackle rate over the first ten games. This simply underlines how important his role was in protecting our defense and given the nature of some of our away wins (scrappy 1-0’s) i often sighted him as the reason those tight wins often didn’t become late draws.

    The decision by Hughton to drop him against Coventry was again inspired and against Preston Alan was outstanding..clearly the rest was what he needed and in not only being the usual engine breaking down the play was directly responsible for two of our goals. I believe if we are promoted I can see him forming an important partnership with Guthrie and given our managers commitment to rotating if we invest in the right places we will be in a far better position entering the premier league than we did last season.

  • Smithy

    Feb 22, 2010 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d say smith made our defence as solid as it has been due to him clearing all the loose balls in front of the centre backs making them look better.He was injured for a while at the end of last year and we lost a few in a row.

  • Smithy

    Feb 22, 2010 at 8:28 PM

    Comment #6

    Nolan does score but i honestly think he’s a bit lazy

  • Smithy

    Feb 22, 2010 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #7

    Sorry just checked Smith was playing in them games but do think he adapted to the defensive role brilliantly.Most strikers would probably find that an insult to be asked to play defensive .
    I reckon he’s saved colos ass a few times this season

  • nightfa11

    Feb 23, 2010 at 12:12 AM

    Comment #8

    oh cmon..smith’s not good enough..he’s ok for championship…but not for PL..sure u all like him cos he works hard for the team..but so does jonas (who btw is 10 times better then smith), but a lot of you criticize jonas…

    but hey…smith’s english..jonas isnt……right?

  • cupiddstunt

    Feb 23, 2010 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #9

    I was always of the opinion that Smudger was a player of considerable talent and most definitely premiership quality, I felt this was amply demonstrated when opposition midfields were rendered near impotent by his tackling and break-up play.

    His premiership ability was also the opinion of lots of folks in football, one little known club manager backed his belief that Smith had premiership ability by signing him to his club, for those of you that do not know who I am talking about it was Alex Ferguson when he signed him to Manure.

    But of course you armchair experts know best don’t you, could this be why you armchair experts are just that and Fergie is one of the most successful football mangers British football has ever had, and one of the most successful managers globally in the game.

    IS IT POSSIBLE THAT YOU ARE RIGHT AND FERGIE IS WRONG and Smudger does not have the ability to play in the prem?

    Some how I think NOT so I will continue in my belief that Smudger has talent.

  • nightfa11

    Feb 23, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #10

    cupiddstunt – ferguson made some terrible signings as manager of man utd..so dont go there.. & also…i belive in what i see… & what i see in smith is a cheerleader, NOT a football player… sorry…but his displays are terrible… it doesnt matter how good he was when he was 20…the fact is he’s been crap for the past 5, 6 seasons..


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