Steve Harper is getting a little fed up with the Newcastle squad doing well in training, but not being able to produce that good form on match days.
Steve Harper – fed up with team shooting themselves in the foot
In addition of course the team keeps shooting themselves in the foot with silly mistakes.
While Steve Harper is the second choice goalkeeper at Newcastle he is still one of the senior players and whenever he talks he’s down to earth and tell it like it is.
Here’s what Steve Harper told the Newcastle Evening Chronicle today:
â€œThe manager is the perfect man to lift us out of this. He knows the club inside out and can help us.â€
â€œWe started brightly last week at home and gave away a poor goal before conceding the killer.â€ â€œWe need three points and the sooner we get them the better.â€
â€œItâ€™s frustrating we are putting good quality work in on the training field but itâ€™s not happening on match days.â€ â€œThere was a bit of a fightback when Abdoulaye Faye pulled a goal back. But 3-0 is a mountain to climb.â€
â€œWe gave ourselves something of a lifeline when we scored and then shot ourselves in the foot.â€ â€œThat seems to be the tale of what we are doing at the moment.â€
â€œUntil we stop doing that we will be our own worst enemies.â€ â€œWe have to stop that.â€ â€œItâ€™s a collective thing, we have to win and lose as a team.â€ â€œWe have to fight for this club.â€
While Steve will definitely get the start against Blackburn Rovers this Saturday, it’s still not clear what will happen to Shay Given for the rest of the season. The latest news is that Shay will seek a second opinion about his now chronic groin injury.
Shay Given – continually troubled by his groin these last 18 months
Given is scheduled to visit a top European specialist after an initial prognosis was that an operation would be necessary.
Were not sure that an operation right now wouldn’t be the exact right thing to do. It just doesn’t seem right that Shay has to keep coming out of games injured and it can hardly be good for him that he keeps re-injuring the groin. It’s turned into a physical weakness for him and the sooner it’s fixed the better.
It would also give Steve Harper a good run of 11 games in the side, and Steve is very close to Shay in goalkeeping skills.
We don’t think Newcastle should take any risks with Given, other than to ensure the long serving Irishman is good to go, when next season comes around.
What do you think about this?