Date: 29th October 2007 at 12:47pm
Written by:

With Mike Ashley sporting his name on the back of his shirt you`d pretty much think the lad was guaranteed a start when fit/not suspended, however Big Sam kept Alan ‘Smudger` Smith chomping at the bit on the bench. Smith though was happy to accept the manager`s policy:

‘I had to accept it. I missed out in the last game through suspension, and the gaffer told me that the reason I wasn’t playing at Reading because the team did so well. I then had to just try to make an impact when I came on as sub, which I did. We got the equaliser and I thought we looked the most likely to get the winner. It could have been all three points.’