One player stood out for Newcastle yesterday, and if it wasn’t for the brilliance of our goalkeeper it could have been a rather embarrassing defeat for the last game of the season.
Steve Harper – brilliant at Goodison Park
A lot of yesterday’s game was one way traffic as Everton were keyed up for the game and very determined to take all 3 points.
In the final 15-20 minutes of the first half, after going 1-0 up, Everton piled on the pressure, and it was only the brilliance of our goalkeeper Steve Harper, who kept the game close by half time.
It was the same in the second half, with Steve again and again thwarting the Everton attack until they got their deserved breakthrough on 70 minutes.
Steve has put his mark on this team, and we always thought he could have become a Premier league goalkeeper, and he has proved that since Kevin arrived in January. How Given gets his place back next season is questionable, and we’d hate to see the talent of Harper, warming the bench for every game again.
That’s only one of the things that Kevin will have to sort out before the beginning of next season, when we hope to see at least 4 new faces in the starting line up in August.
If we can do that we should have a good chance of qualifying again for Europe.