After the one which was a setback at the JJB Stadium, United now looking for a new and more dedicated skipper to lead United for the foreseeable future.
I really think the lads will needed one when they arrive for Saturday’s game at Stamford Bridge – a ground where we have never won from previously 14 visits in the Premier League. After that United’s next four away League games are against the Top team Manchester United, Arsenal, Aston Villa and Liverpool, with an optional “easy one” in the third round of the FA Cup at Stoke City on January 6th.
Those games are when we will be without Oba Martins, Geremi, Habib Beye and Abdoulaye Faye as they will be heading to the African Nations Cup. To anticipate the departures, Allardyce has confirmed that Alan Smith will took the duty to skippering Newcastle United.
“It's a permanent decision for now because obviously Geremi is going away to the African Nations,” said Allardyce. “We need to establish for a while somebody who can captain the side on a regular basis with the attitude, desire and commitment that Alan shows.”
Smudger will lead the United team again when they take on Chelsea tomorrow. Newcastle will try to break their solid home records where they are having a run of 72 matches unbeaten in the Premier League. Duff admits at the official site, that it won't be easy going to former club Chelsea on the back of the Boxing Day defeat at Wigan, but says that the Magpies have to come out fighting at Stamford Bridge.
“With all due respect to Derby and Wigan, we should be beating teams like that.” Damien said as quoted from the official site, “We're gutted and surprised because we thought we'd turned the corner with some good results. But that's been the story of our season, we turn things around then suffer a poor result like Wigan.”
Damien said the Chelsea match can be United next turning point into something more positive result following the recent two disappointments at home and JJB Stadium. Newcastle should displays another performance just like what they did against Arsenal to win the Toon Army hearts back again.
“It'll be nice to go back but, to be honest, it doesn't matter who we're playing this weekend – we have to come out fighting and give it a good go for ourselves and the fans.” Said Duff.
Tomorrow, Chelsea are without injured pair John Terry and Didier Drogba, while Ashley Cole and Ricardo Carvalho were sent off in Wednesday’s thrilling 4-4 draw with Aston Villa and face suspensions.