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.
“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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