Our goalkeeper Steve Harper, who had another solid game at Tottenham on Sunday, thought the display on Sunday was just about the best team performance he’s ever been involved in.
Steve Harper - performance on Sunday was brilliant, fantastic
Steve talked to the Newcastle Journal this morning about the game:
â€œWhen we look back we might look at that game and say that was the spark that ignited everything â€œThat was the moment the new Kevin Keegan era really began in earnest. I certainly hope so.â€â€œIt was absolutely brilliant, fantastic.”
“It was as good a team display as Iâ€™ve ever been involved in. Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but I canâ€™t remember a team during my time here playing as well as that away from home. It was different class.â€
â€œI think we got a big boost when we arrived at the ground and saw Tottenham had changed their shape to try and match us. It meant they were worrying about us and what we can do. Itâ€™s all credit to the manager for changing the formation a few weeks ago because it has worked.â€
â€œTo go to a club like Tottenham and win so convincingly is a big achievement. Theyâ€™ve been in good form, theyâ€™ve won the Carling Cup this season and they have a top manager.â€
â€œI think teams will be worried about us now, if Tottenham were, then so will all the teams in the division. A result like this will certainly make people sit up and take notice.â€
We think people are already looking to Newcastle to be a much improved team next season – we certainly are this season, given our last 3 performances.
We watched the game again yesterday and the lads in the second half were just so dominant. The midfield three of Butt, Barton and Geremi were magnificent and it certainly shows that Keegan can get the best out of players, even though it took him a couple of months to get to grips with the situation.
But any manger who has the courage to go away to White Hart Lane and attack an in-form Spurs side deserves the rewards of that courage .
And Kevin Keegan got everything he deserved on Sunday with a wonderful display of attacking, competitive and inspired football from his men. They were just too much for Spurs to handle in the second half.
What a manager – what a guy!