It turns out that Newcastle are now looking to make it four clean sheets in a row in the Premier League for the first time in almost 11 years.
Steve Harper – brilliant goalkeeping has helped us to get clean sheets
Newcastle have clean sheets in four of their last 6 matches and have conceded just twice in the last 6 games. Since Kevin Keegan arrived we have a total of 5 clean sheets in 14 matches.
Not too bad a defensive record for Kevin Keegan, who never has a good defense, according to popular (though false) belief.
Steve Harper and his fellow defenders are now poised to equal that club Premier League record on Saturday, when they meet West Ham United at Upton Park, in what we hope is another 3 points.
Newcastle manager Kevin Keegan talked about his rearguard to Newcastle World TV :.
“The defense has been outstanding in recent weeks,” “But if the team is playing well it gives the defense something to hold on to.â€
“In the past I think there has been a feeling that if we go a goal down where are we going to get a goal from.â€
“I think they know now that we have got goals in us and we have shown that against Spurs, Reading and Sunderland in recent matches.
“But everyone is playing their part and there has been no weak link.â€ “It’s a great run of clean sheets and every time we play now we look solid at the back.”
It certainly is a good run and Sam Allardyce, to his credit, brought in three of the back four last summer. Beye, Faye and Enrique are now automatic starters and after a dodgy start last September, they have now settled into the Premier League very well indeed, and seem to continue to improve.
This all augers so well for next season.