Let’s Not Get Carried Away After Beating Chelsea


Alan Smith has given a number of interviews today, and he has talked about the courage of his boss Chris Hughton, in giving the young lads, and those on the edge of the first team,  a chance at Chelsea on Wednesday evening.

Alan Smith – boss showed great courage on Wednesday night

This is what Alan has said today:

“There’s a lot of lads in this squad desperate to take whatever chance they get,”  “It’s almost like we’ve got separate first teams, and you’d hope that’s the attitude everybody adopts.”

“It would have been easy to have seen Chelsea in the draw and hardly made any changes at all to the team that won at Everton. But the gaffer knows the depth of ability and he wasn’t worried about giving some of the other lads a chance.”

“He showed his faith in a lot of the younger lads, and that faith paid off. There were experienced players as well though.”  “And when you’ve got someone like Sol Campbell  waiting in the wings,  you know you’ve got a half-decent squad.” “We’ve got a good unit and a good set of the lads, and all the lads that didn’t play at Chelsea were willing us on.”

Newcastle certainly had a famous victory at Stanford Bridge, and a few people will start to take note of the Newcastle side, but of course good sides play at or near their best week in and week out, and that’s something Newcastle are trying to master.

Note that Harry Redknapp at Spurs is also having the same trouble, since his side one game has had some great victories, and then are half the side in their next game.

And Alan has reflected the obvious views of his manager when he says the lads just cannot get carried away with the Chelsea result.

Alan continued:

“We could have had a couple more goals to be honest,”  “We had a couple more great chances in the second half which, on another night, might well have gone in. It would have been Shola’s hat-trick if his other shot had gone in, and he probably deserved that on the night.”

“We came with no fear, just as we have done wherever we’ve travelled this season. The lads did really well at Everton, and the rest of us just wanted to make sure we carried that on. There wasn’t a lot of pressure on us and we played with a lot of freedom.”

“Even if we hadn’t have got the win, I still think the performance would have been a massive positive. The lads worked so hard, and it’s up to the whole of the squad now to make sure we get a result against a difficult Stoke side on Sunday.”

“The worst thing we could do is get carried away just because we’ve beaten Chelsea. In that respect, having Stoke next up is maybe a good thing because we know just how tough a test we’re going to get.”  “When you play well, you have to make the most of it, and thankfully we were able to do that at Chelsea and Everton.”

“But those games are done now. The most important thing now is Sunday against Stoke. Confidence is high, and hopefully we can kick on and get another three points in the Premier League, which is our main aim.”

Football is not a complicated game, even if some of the TV people make it out to be that.

It’s simple for Newcastle – all they have to do is to go out on Sunday afternoon fully concentrating on getting 3 points out of  the Stoke City game at St. James’ Park,  and be willing to do everything and anything necessary to get that result come 6:00 pm local time on Sunday.

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5 comments so far

  • munch27

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #1

    A lot of good words from smudger and nice to see no bitterness after being dropped for Tiote who hopefully could become our new “Rob Lee” an outstanding midfield general.

    On a side note smudger has told the BBC he still has Mental scars from breaking his leg while at manure so asking him too play DM isn’t the best idea , perhaps he would be better off playing in a Nolan type roll.

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  • Davies

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #2

    I actually thought we were light in a couple of positions, but I had no idea how accomplished players like Shane Ferguson were, and we all know about Ranger and what a handful he can be, despite his relative lack of goals.

    Hopefully, Vuckic will start living up to his billing soon as well, as he’s been a bit anonymous on most of the occasions I’ve watched him play.

    Smith’s not wrong, we can’t get too carried away after beating Chelsea (despite the numerous articles about it on this blog doing just that after the match!!!), but we do now have a damn good squad that can compete with a large portion of the Premier League.

    I look forward to playing teams from the (usual) top four because they are great occasions, not because I think we’ll get points (though it’s always nice when we do). With the team we have now, I’ll be looking forward to playing the rest of the league as opportunities to pick up points. I’ve said before, there’s no such thing as a game we “should” win, but there are now a lot of games that we CAN win. There’s a long road ahead before we get back to those glory days, but at least we’re head

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  • Davies

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #3

    ing the right direction.

    HA!

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  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #4

    If you watch the game although not doing anything spectacular, Vuckic did take the playmaker role at chelsea and play it simple for other to create space. He passed the ball into space for Fergie to run onto for the cross for our 1st goal, passed to ameobi who slipped it thru to Loverkrands for his miss. Passed to Ameobi and ran on when ameobi shot and it was saved by the corner of the goal. Vuckic had peeled off at the back post unmarked waiting for a cross.

    although not spectacular he will grow, 1st senior role where he was given a attacking mid f role. Let him get these games under his belt and grow in conf thru the season to push for a start in Jan.

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  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:54 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope Ferguson, Ranger, and the bloody Haris Vuckic are really going to get some more action this season. They are a piece to the puzzle for the future.

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