Newcastle Defense Close To Club Record

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.”

“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.”

“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.” “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.

27 comments so far

  • Robert-Croatia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Luka Modric-he is the best prospect in Croatia for many years,he is Croatia’s most creative player,he is very swift and has great pace,he can pass the ball better than any player in Croatia except maybe Kranjcar.He was Dinamo’s penalty taker this season and their captain and he is just 22 year’s old,and he can play good in defensive middlefield,he played there many times for Croatia

  • Robert-Croatia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:25 AM

    Comment #2

    I read Croatian newspapers I will inform you about Luka’s transfer,every day.

  • Spyro

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #3

    thanks robert

  • Graeme

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #4

    Enrique, especially, has come on well to justify his purchase – he has the makings of a top LB. The rest of the back four have been playing well as a unit and we still have some quality back-up as well. I would like to see another good LB brought in as cover for Jose though.

    Beye and Faye are getting better with every game and look very solid; I would still like a first rate central defender though, to show Taylor just exactly what it is he is supposed to be doing. He gets caught out too often and is still prone to stupid mistakes

  • Robert-Croatia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #5

    I’m going to work now,so bye all,and Howay the lads

  • Spyro

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #6

    someone please translate

  • Leo

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #7

    how funny is the new wine gums advert, back to the best i say lol

    juice loose abooot this hooouse

    da da da daa da daa da…..

    keegan and the great defenders

  • Matthew Tom

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    Comment #8

    I agree – “Top Class CB” has been on most people’s wish lists on this forum for quite a long time. Not all that many people can actually name who they want though!

    For our first team, I’d like to see minimum four good quality signings, at left back, centre back, centre midfield and right winger.

    Ideally these would be English and if so I’d want Shorey/Bridge, Lescott/Woodgate, Carrick/Cole and SWP/Lennon.

    Think it will have to be mainly foreigners though, as I can’t see Lescott, Woodgate, Carrick or Cole being available.

  • Davies

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #9

    All three of Big Sham’s main defensive purchases have come good. I think Beye has looked good since he got here and Faye was always fairly solid (apart from gifting Birmingham their goal in the more recent fixture). Enrique did have a rocky start, but always showed promise. He gets a lot of flack for trying to do too much on the ball, but if you look the other sid of the pitch, Beye is often caught doing the same thing. Enrique has shown a lot of steel and seems to have adapted very well to the EPL. I really don’t think left back is a worry anymore. Would be nice to get some cover there though (please not Riise!!!).

    Cacapa has proven himself a few times, but has been inconsistent. I do like him, and I think he is a good player to have on hand, should anything happen to Faye.

    In short, our defense looks better now than it has in a very long time, especially with the younger players making their mark in the reserves, like Tozer, Kadar and Edgar.

    It was nice to see Edgar make it on to the pitch the other week as well. Good lad.

  • Robert-Croatia

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #10

    short translation:Newcastle gives most money for him,but Liverpool offers better wages.Tottenham,Man City are in the race too,but Newcastle is the main favourit,the deal will come to who offers better wages and transfer money.Slaven Bilić said to Luka to go to Newcastle because in his opinion Nufc is much bigger team then Tottenham,and they’re right behind the top four,and Nufc has much better chance to win the tittle than Tottenham.:),And Silvio Maric who played for Newcastle,said that Luka would fit perfectly in Newcastle squad.It sounds good for me

  • Big Gaz

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Spyro. Its been a while since I was out there reading that paper but what it basically translates to is this :- LUKA MODRIC is going to sign for Newcastle United in the very near future. He is doing this beacause Sunderland are a shite club with horrible fans. Chelsea also wanted him but he said they are a bunch of a**eholes who whinge all of the time. And he wanted to come to a big club. Idont read any foriegn stuff but that how I read it anyway. LOL 🙂

  • ginkoh

    Apr 24, 2008 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #12

    I like to choose Woodgate with Taylor on our centre defender. But he already choose Tottenham because he think Tottenham is better future than us.

    I don’t regret him but it’s our work to show he’s wrong ! and the time will come. Let’s see next season.

  • Bill F

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #13

    Just hope KK doesn’t get too hung up on keeping clean sheets, we do not want to go back to defensive footy as that is not the way to keep the opposition out. I don’t think he will.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #14

    Guys – there’s another story and discussion on this site going on about Modric – you’ll find all you need there. Exciting stuff, but off-subject.

    On the defence side I think everyone’s pretty much of the same opinion – could do with a LB cover, and if we can land a CB of Woodgate proportions, then great. If not, we can live with what we have.

    Riise is an interesting one. I’ve been an admirer for years, as we’ve never really had anyone capable of a 40-yarder since that prat Robert left. Riise’s been awful for a whole season, but you have to ask: is all he needs a big boost of confidence? At 29, surely he can get back to his best given the right motivator?

    And surely we have the best motivator in the business running our team?

    I think he’s worth a punt. Especially as he’d be let go for two farthings and a pint right now.

  • Spyro

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #15

    29? i thought he was 27

  • Jack

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #16

    yeah riise is 27

  • Whumpie

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:48 PM

    Comment #17

    Sorry – my bad. Still – makes the case stronger. Anyone else think he’s worth a go?

  • Jack

    Apr 24, 2008 at 12:52 PM

    Comment #18

    not only is riise good at long range strikes but he’s good at flying headers aswell lol could get on the end of some of geremi’s ‘hit the first man’ corners.

  • hanzowen

    Apr 24, 2008 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #19


  • Big Phil

    Apr 24, 2008 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #20

    Sounds like Emre’s replacement to me, although at 3x the cost. Still, we may get 3x as many games out of him over the same period!

  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #21
  • tdt

    Apr 24, 2008 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #22

    come on Ed i need news! so bord… although these essays aint gona right themselves! nonetheless Ed, feed my need 4 news!

  • Bill F

    Apr 24, 2008 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #23

    If Reading go down Bikey might be worth a shot.

    Riise is in the same boat as Crouch, coming on as subs most of the time consequently their form and confidence suffer. I reckon KK will get the best of of both of them if we got them.

  • JMC

    Apr 24, 2008 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #24

    Leo you’re showing your age mate, that is an old advert from bout 10 yr ago brought back on screen!
    Modric would be awesome… fingers crossed

  • Leo

    Apr 24, 2008 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #25

    showing ma age lol i hope not im only 21 i just loved that advert its quality

    juice looose aboout this hoooouse

  • michael

    Apr 24, 2008 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #26


    I can’t believe my ears at the stuff we’ve been saying. Our defence is sorted?
    Didn’t you read the article? This is the first time we MIGHT keep for clean sheets in a row in ELEVEN YEARS. Doesn’t it strike anybody else that perhaps we’re setting the bar a little low for the current crop?

    I agree that Habib Beye has been a success story this season, but Enrique has been ropey, Faye is the best of a bad bunch, and although Taylor is a local lad he is not as good as we’d thought in seasons past now he is not in direct comparison with Bumble and Bum-song.

    As for Sam’s 3 main defensive signings coming good!!! What about the most expensive (two and half MILLION pounds) defender now plying his trade in Italy and the Brazilian French league winning captain who we weren’t meant to worry about not having a household name. (Rozenhal and Ca-crapa for the slower witted amongst you!) Both of those two have been awful two the point were David Edgar (Who commentators love to tell us has a dad who once played with Pele) has usurped both of them.

    I’ll agree that the defence has improved. But the starting point was so low that it had to. The truth is that now oppositition midfielders are having to run after three strikers and that three midfielders (Including the excellent but comically named Nicky Butt) are sitting in front of the back four, much of the workload has been reduced so that they can cope.

    That said cleansheets against Sunderland, Portsmouth and Reading are hardly stuff of legend. I for one would just be happy with a win against a very tough (and exceedingly boring) West Sham team this weekend.

  • Whumpie

    Apr 25, 2008 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #27

    Wow, Michael – you must be the life and soul of every party.

    Lighten up man!!

    Most clubs would kill for a defence that looked as solid as ours does right now. If you’re insisting on staying miserable about it until we go a whole season unbeaten and 10 clean sheets in a row, then I’ll leave instructions for my great-great-great grandson to leave a note on your grave.

    This is a fantastic turnaround, stats that any team would love, and these are damn good players. If you hate our squad so much, bog off and “support” someone else.


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