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Newcastle Squad Full Of Top Characters

The real strength of this new Newcastle team is that they never give up, and they never know when they are beaten.

Alan Smith – congratulates Nile Ranger on first goal

After the first 20 minutes or so of the game at Chelsea, it looked like it was all going Chelsea’s way, as they had taken an early lead and were having most of the play.

But then Newcastle started to come more into the game, and started to string some nice pass together,  and before long had shocked Chelsea by taking the lead after 31 minutes, with a couple of good goals from Ranger and Ryan Taylor.

This Newcastle side will never give up, and will always keep playing their football, and we don’t know exactly what Chris tells the team in training, but it seems like every single Newcastle player gets it.

Chris Hughton fielded two different teams last Saturday afternoon and on Wednesday evening in London, and both played good organized football and both sides won away from home and looked good.

If that is not a sign of very good coaching then we don’t know what it.

Alan Smith came in at Chelsea to captain the side, and had a decent game,  and he has again said today the players will not be getting carried away with any of the results, good or bad,  and that their only goal is to simply stay up in the Premier League this season.

This is what Alan Smith said today:

“We’re not going to get carried away just because Chelsea will be champions this season. I think they’re the strongest team in the country, their squad’s so powerful.”

“I think all of us going back into the Premier League, we want to stay there. We fought so hard last year in every game to get back into the Premier League and that’s our main concern.”

“Working hard and having the team spirit is the main concern for us – but we’ve got a set of lads who will play and work hard for each other. And when lads aren’t playing they still want the other lads to win.”

“We’ve got great characters who won’t let standards slip and I think that’s the main thing for us to be able to stay up.”
“It’s so easy not to get carried away because everyone will be thinking if we can win this, we can have a challenge in the Carling Cup.”

“But our main concern is staying in the Premier League.”  “Everyone might say you should set your standards higher than that but that’s what we have to do first and foremost.”

Just like last season, the lads are better than we expected them to be at this stage of the season, and already have shown that on their day, they can beat any side – just ask Aston Villa about that.

But the thing that really makes us proud of this group of players is their spirit, fight and sheer guts, and they just never give up, and we have to remember football is now a squad game,  and everybody cannot start every game, like in days gone by.

And as Alan says, Newcastle have players who simply will not let standards slip, and will keep the other players in line, if that is ever necessary.

We have to think it’s a terrific squad for young players to be a part of, because the club has so many model professionals at it right now, and the young lads can learn from the senior players, as they no doubt are doing.

But we also need to keep players like Ryan Taylor, who has proved to be a great squad player, and he can get the job done when he plays, and it wouldn’t surprise us if Chris prefers Ryan to James Perch at right back on Sunday afternoon – he has certainly earned a start on Sunday afternoon at home.

Comments welcome.

11 comments so far

  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 24, 2010 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #1

    Ed, James Perch is banned remember?! 😀 I hope Raylor gets a start as he is a good squad player and he can certainly hit a free kick!

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #2

    Off subject, 2 things, firstly, has anybody noticed the number we have been allocated for the cup draw? Number 9, could this be an omen? Secondly, just seen Arsenals financial reports, and we seriously need to copy thier model. They have paid for all of the ground redevelopment already, and made 50+Million profit. I hope Mr Ashley is paying attention.

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #3

    Tom4Nufc, I thought Perch had served his 1 game ban for the cup?

  • Stuart

    Sep 24, 2010 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #4

    he did, perch is available on Sunday. Think Rayler should get a shot though imo.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Comment #5

    Haha I look like an idiot right?! I thought the domestic league bans couldn’t be served in the Cup but I must be wrong as old Wenger served his 1 match touch line ban in the cup… Many apologies Ed! 😀

  • G

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    I wouldn’t worry about it Tom, I’ve posted that many things on here that are completely incorrect, and had to begrudgingly admit that I dropped a b**lock, I have lost count. Happens to us all mate.

  • Tom4Nufc

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Haha cheers G!

  • danny0011

    Sep 24, 2010 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #8

    I actually think Tiote is going to be a big player for us this season! Everybody knows the importance of a strong holding centre mid, and you cant get much stronger than this guy!

    His tackling can sometimes verge on GBH as we all know but you cannot underestimate the confidence it brings to the other players by knowing there is a holding midfielder who will boss the midfield and give the centre backs that much needed breathing space.

    All I see is people harping on about how great Ben Arfa is and yes, dont get me wrong, he is a very talented player! But Tiote is equally as strong in his field of expertise and he does have a Claud Makalele feel about him! Which i dont think anyone could deny is a massive positive! He may not seem to be the loudest voice in the dressing room but he seems to have a genuine desire to just put his head down and crack on with it!

    This guy is undoubtably one to watch for the future!


  • Ed Harrison

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #9

    danny0011 – I fully agree – think he will become a great signing for us.

  • ben arfa in toon

    Sep 24, 2010 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    Tiote is immense, i had reservations ed and danny but seeing him play he seems to be a gem. In the mould of makele as a tackler but if you watch the everton and chelsea games he’s not shy in roaming forward. I looked at some FC Twente matches and he can score some crackers, driving forward like a bull. He man marked KAKA at the WC and can also hold a defensive zone in the middle of the park. With our solid defense forming it looks really promising

  • baro

    Sep 25, 2010 at 1:57 AM

    Comment #11

    FULL OF character is what we need!


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