Harper – Saturday’s Performance A One Off

Steve Harper, who will be in the Newcastle goal during November, as Shay Given recovers from yet another groin injury, hopes Saturday’s woeful display at home is just a one off.

We’re sure lots of fans hope that too, because the display on Saturday was just not good enough – full stop.


Steve Harper – Saturday’s performance was a one off

Harper told the Evening Chronicle today:

“Against Portsmouth everything that could go wrong did go wrong.” We have to put this behind us because we have a monumental game coming up against Sunderland.”

“We’re devastated and shell-shocked with the start we made.” “To concede three in 12 minutes is something you just cannot do, especially against Portsmouth.”

“You can’t give any team a head-start and we gave them a terrific start.” “We had worked all week on shots from long range, but the first goal was a wonder goal. I didn’t actually see him make contact, but I don’t think anybody would have got anywhere near to saving it.”

“We then gave two poor goals away, and at 3-0 down at home you have Mount Everest to climb.”

Harper tried to take a little comfort from the fact Michael Owen’s deflected shot past David James at least gave Newcastle some hope, but they just couldn’t get that all important second goal.  Then Steven Taylor inability to clear Kranjcar’s free kick, was another poor goal to give away, but that was the match, as Newcastle went 4-1 down.

Harper added:

“For the next hour we showed character and got back into the game.” “We were the best side and never in danger until they scored their fourth.”

“It was the sort of delivery that we work on where any touch makes it hard from a free-kick and unfortunately Tayls touched it past me.”

“We said at the break if we got the next goal it would be game on, but we couldn’t get it.”

Harper then assured the fans the defeat was hopefully just a one-off, as he continued:

“I remember the Man United game when we lost 6-2, the Fulham game when we lost 4-1 and Birmingham 5-1.” “These games are very few and far between over the years.”

“But when you are three down at home it’s no fun. To get back to 3-1 and looking to kick on we then concede an own goal which finished us off.” “It was one of those days and one to forget for everybody.”

Every Newcastle player should do his talking on the field on Saturday, at the Stadium of Light. The players owe it to the fans, and only a win at Sunderland, who are below Newcastle in the league, will be good enough this coming Saturday.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Mighty Mouse

    Nov 5, 2007 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #1

    “Just one of those days”

    “Few and far between”

    If only, if only. I don’t know whats worse, being a Newcastle or a Redskins fan?

    A curse I tell you, a curse that I will be happy to pass on to my children (if and when) 🙂

  • ToonUSA

    Nov 5, 2007 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #2


    Sorry mate, disapointment of saturday was at least soothed by the Patriots shooting down the Colts. 🙂

  • azza jones

    Nov 5, 2007 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #3

    Were are all harpers supporters now, The people who said he commands the defence, well were his commands on saturday??? He positioning was bad for the second & the fourth especially. He should have told taylor to leave it with no pompey players attacking it….

    I mean hes not a bad deputy but this shows you that Shay Given is our No 1 Keeper and should be straight back in the team soon as he is fit!

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:21 PM

    Comment #4

    maybe he did say to taylor to leave it, he isnt going to exactly slate his team mate if he did say to leave it though, we need to get this defeat out of our systems, bring on the mackams

    dirtty mackams dirty monkey mackams

    dirty mackams your from sunderland

    peter reed monkeys heed

    stadium of light, pile of shite

    theres more to the song i just cant remember it. haha

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:23 PM

    Comment #5

    who works in the stadium of light on a super duper computer

    i taking the piss out of them

    ive got a cd in my car that when i drive thru mackam land it has songs which jip the mackams and local hero blayden races etc… just gud fun

    NB. if you are also going to do this, make sure you park in a secure parking place.

  • Bill f

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #6

    Leo you are very brave or very daft (I was going to say stupid but that sounds a bit harsh). Do you walk through Sunderland wearing a Toon scarf or shirt as well.

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #7

    well i have a friend who goes to blunderland uni and i sometimes go thru and bring him home. wear my newcastle shirts around the uni, i actually get some looks of admiration haha.

    i was blessed with a big body frame so i dont get any people getting angry, lucky for me they dont know i am harmless haha

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:36 PM

    Comment #8

    is it just me or did that last bit sound a bit funky haha

  • Leo

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #9

    i would say ‘where are you in the league’ if i got any jip but am gona keep that one till later in the season incase they do well

  • Bill f

    Nov 5, 2007 at 10:49 PM

    Comment #10

    Leo I think you are probably safe on that last comment, but after the last 2 games????????????

  • Jóhann

    Nov 5, 2007 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #11

    Azza Jones we should get something straight. A keeper can only command his defense so far. Something has to come from the players. Not that much a keeper can do when players make mistakes. His position wasn´t bad at all for the second goal, are you kidding me? We are talking about the Benjani goal right? He was exactly in the position I would have expected a keeper to be in but I was surprised he didn´t try to save because I thought he could but he explained right now that cacapa touched it so now I understand why he didn´t.

    Fourth especially bad position? Come on be fair. First of all no keeper would have saved that wicked deflection from Taylor. And of course a keeper never calls for the ball in that position, are you freaking crazy? Every defender is ordered by the manager to clear it, that´s what taylor tried to do because these kinda balls are especially dangerous

    And to get something straight I have not exactly been in hiding I have commented on this game before about Harper sooo noted.

    Harper has been the better one this season and I don´t expect him to lose his place now. It´s time for some clean sheets.

  • Bill f

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Leo, (couldn’t resist this) is your friend a missionary trying to convert the natives. 😉

  • Hammy

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Hi Bill, sorry I haven’t getting back to you……
    O.k bloggers, for those who missed this great bit of blogging by “LondonMag”

    I can’t believe some of the comments I’m reading.We’ve just had a change of owner, new manager and nine new players, and the team contained half of those players on saturday. Three in the back four.
    For god’s sake, we fininshed well into the bottom half last season and in the latter stages looked as though we were being dragged into the mire.
    Before the Reading game we had made the best start to a season in TEN years. To be fair to Allardyce, we are definately
    making progress. I’ve watched Newcastle for 44 years and I’ve seen countless ‘blips’ along the way. Lost to Hereford one week, the next we won at Old Trafford. In 1971 we beat Inter Milan and in the next round were beaten by a team of part time Hungarians. This is football man, and its played by human beings not bloody robots.
    Some of the ’supporters’ on saturday were an absolute disgrace. We have a new team, and they are booed after 12 minutes. It shouldn’t matter if they are ten down in five minutes. We are supposed to be supporters of Newcastle United, arguably the best fans in the country. What utter rubbish. A large portion of the fans who are attending home games are stiff living in the Keegan era. Wise up man, we will never see the likes of it again. Great as it was, it was a one off. Give up your tickets if all you are going to do is criticise and get on the players backs. This is a great way of shattering the confidence that the manager is trying to build,especially with the new players.
    The players Allardyce has signed are all good experienced players who will succeed in the Premiership, and in Enrique he has found a diamond. If he is allowed to progress he will become a star. The same applies to Zogs, Martins and Milner. These are the players who are our future.
    To the true suuporters of NUFC. Keep the faith, because Allardyce will deliver the goods. It won’t be tomorrow, or this season. He needs to add other quality players to the squad, and he will. The majority may be from overseas, but remember they will be wearing a black and white shirt. Lets give them real support instead of stick, because they will be as much Newcastle United as we are.
    As for Saturday, it wasn’t good, but it will get better. I recall Sir Alex saying that a five nil defeat against us, and then a six three reverse at Southampton in successive games were only “a couple of blips”. We won’t win the title like they did that season, but we will improve. Just remember what its been like the last couple of years, its better already man!
    Bring on the Mackems!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Just reme

    Great Stuff!!!!!!

  • Leo

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:44 AM

    Comment #14

    haha, the natives, nah they aint natives they arnt technically part of the human race, monkey mackam need bananas

  • Bill f

    Nov 6, 2007 at 1:04 AM

    Comment #15

    Well they won’t find a lot of them in Mackemland. 😉

    Hammy I think it’s because we had such a good start that every one feels let down. We old timers remember the bad times and the err, better times and we always come back for more and always will. I think we are probably the most optimistic supporters in the world. You know what they say about luck balancing out, well I think we are owed it in bucketfulls. Pardon the cliche but he tide is turning imo.
    Time for me beauty sleep, Ireally need it. 🙂

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:30 AM

    Comment #16

    im bored, so iv just seen NFL Live on channel 5 so im gonna giv it a go n c wat its like! lol

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 6, 2007 at 2:35 AM

    Comment #17

    im bored so im tryin watching a bit of NFL, there is alot lot of talking and not alot of action!!

  • Len

    Nov 6, 2007 at 3:01 AM

    Comment #18

    Thing is this wasnt a one off was it? We got it all wrong at Derby, Man City and Reading, and for parts of the home games. Sam needs to show he can sort this out and fast. Or his Easter will be more cruxification than eggs and bunnies.

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 6, 2007 at 4:49 AM

    Comment #19

    i swear this NFL stuff has been on nearly 3 hours and they only jus started the 3rd quarter! Insanity

  • danny

    Nov 6, 2007 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #20

    its a 1 off yeah right we did it against derby and man city we played appauling and again we’ve done it again get rid of cacapa doesnt understand so it shows he cant play his fault with the match previous aswell

  • Bill F

    Nov 6, 2007 at 9:10 AM

    Comment #21

    I think you need a special sort of masochism to watch NFL, mind you I suppose we Toonies may have that. 🙂

  • Cockney Magpie

    Nov 6, 2007 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #22

    lol very true Bill. i think any other other supporters would have given up by now, especially the yids (god i hate thm!) u dont hear a peep outta them and then when they win a game they suddenly the biggest fans eva!

  • toonbully

    Nov 6, 2007 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #23

    First Time I’ve written……Toon man and boy since 1966 , so actually seen the toon win something in 1969, at the age of nine thought they would win a cup every other bleeding year . How wrong was I ? 38 years on and we get no nearer !
    Sam has bought four new defenders but then does not know where to position them . Taylor at fullback , sorry but f*** off Sam, Cacapa bless his cotton socks is a little flat footed when confronted with a ball placed behind him and someone running at him at speed . Portsmouth are not that quick , what will happen when Rooney or the flowing moves from the front three of Arse come at us . I really can see them licking their lips at our defence.

    Sam needs to go back to basics on the training ground we need to learn the art of good defending , three at the back and the fourth defender to roam and cover at the first sight of danger . Our midfield should not drop off so deep that we have too much space in the middle for the opponent to use , and stop crossing high balls to two of the shortest strikers in the premiership . We have to learn to play good football on the floor , and run at them.

    Can’t blame Harper for Saturday , Shay would have been as helpless I’m afraid…
    Looking forward to a close win over the mackem bastards , beaten up by them ootside roker park in 1972 -3 , seven onto two of us not nice , so like to see the scores evened out every time we play them !



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