One of the surprising and very pleasant things about the game on Wednesday night against Manchester United was the way Smith and Geremi played in midfield for the Magpies, as they fought for every ball, and played extremely well in their unaccustomed positions of central midfield.
Geremi – showed tremendous character on Wednesday night
It was Smith’s first start of the season, and it’s hard to have such a fine first game for the club, after having been out of the side for over 6 months through injury, and Geremi played very well indeed, considering in his last two outings, he had looked just hopeless.
But the way these two lads played on Wednesday night was a credit to both of them, and their characters, and it was great to see both lads back to form.
We’ve been critical on the blog of both players, for their performances, but they proved us wrong on Wednesday night – and good for them.
And coach Chris Hughton was quick to praise the pair when he spoke to nufcTV:
“When you take into consideration that was Alan Smith’s first game of the season he was fantastic,”
“Geremi also hasn’t figured much of late but he was also terrific.” “But I thought they showed great control and ran the game against a very good Man United midfield.”
“Alan tired towards the end which was inevitable and the occasion got more out of him.” “I was delighted with their performance and they gave everything they could for the team.”
Of course the sickening thing about Wednesday night is we got absolutely nothing out of the game, nothing, and are now just one point above the drop zone.
The club has 10 games left, and every single game will be like a Cup Final, and we have to go for all 3 points in every single match, starting at Hull City a week tomorrow.
If we can win the game at Hull, we’ll give ourselves a chance of surviving what has been just a terrible season for the club. But we must get on the winning track, and quickly, before it’s too late.