It seems that Alan Smith is in contention to play at London Road tomorrow afternoon, having been held back after his ankle injury.
Alan Smith – could be back tomorrow afternoon
We’ve liked Chris Hughton’s policy this season of never risking players and bringing them back too early after injury.
And it seems to have paid off handsomely, since we were able to navigate through the first half of the season quite successfully with a paper-thin squad.
Chris has said he could have brought Alan back early but decided not to, as he talked today to the Newcastle Journal:
“He’s ready to come back,” “It was my decision on the last game just to keep him back. Could I have rushed him back? Yes,”
“But I felt because of the position we were in which was quite healthy squad-wise I was afforded the extra day or two which was perhaps better for him.”
And with another home game on Monday night, and promotion so close, it could be party-tiem for Newcastle fans who manage to get t the Sheffield United game.
Of course we will need the boys to win on Monday night, but surely if we can win both our next two games then promotion will be ours – at last.
And Chris Hughton is looking to have quite a few of his friends and family there on Monday night for a potential St. James’ Park promotion party on Monday night.
“I’ll probably have more (friends and family) here on Monday than on Saturday because of the ticketing situation,”
“I’ve been trying to get a few more tickets and have been unable to. It just goes to show you how difficult it is, there’s no favors at this club.”
We’re sure the faithful Newcastle fans will give Chris the respect and congratulations he so deserves for doing such a tremendous job on Tyneside this season, and to us it’s been like the Miracle On The Tyne.
We’ll never forget the job Chris has done for the Newcastle club this season, whatever happens to Chris in the future.
Chris Hughton has been fantastic for Newcastle United this season. 😀