Steve Harper arrived home from his vacation in the last couple of days, and has talked to the Evening Chronicle today, and as usual Steve is as upbeat as ever.
Steve Harper – returned from vacation and as positive as ever
Steve played magnificently for the team at the end of last season, and seemed particularly good playing for Kevin Keegan again, who initially signed him for the club.
However, he is aware there will be a monumental struggle for the first team goalkeeper jersey next season, with his good pal Shay Given.
Steve had just seen the new fixture list and commented:
â€œYes, we have got some tough away games, but we will fancy our chances in the home games.”
â€œWhen youâ€™re on a run â€“ good or bad â€“ itâ€™s hard to get out of it, and weâ€™ll go into the season all guns blazing looking to get on a good run.”
â€œObviously, Manchester United will be on a high after doing a Premier League and Champions League double last season and we are under no illusions how difficult it will be in the opener at Old Trafford.”
â€œBut Reading went there on the first weekend of last season and got a draw, and you have to play them at some stage.”
â€œHopefully, theyâ€™ll be Cristiano Ronaldo-less, but we know theyâ€™ll still be formidable whatever team they send out.â€
Harper happened to be on the bench when we were taken to the cleaners 6-0 at Old Trafford in January, so the team is well aware of what happened the last time we visited there.
We have never been too successful away to the Red Devils, and we remember the last time we started a season at Old Trafford in August, 2001, under Bobby Robson, we lost 3-1.
That’s when Bobby after the game famously said we were still a year or two behind Manchester.
But Newcastle more than held their own in the first half of the game in January, and it was only the last 45 minutes when we crumbled completely.
â€œWe did all right for 45 minutes last season, but totally capitulated in the second half.”
â€œWe showed in the first half what you have to do, but youâ€™ve got to do it for 90 minutes.â€
Good words from Steve, as usual, and he’s been a great servant of the club over the last 15 years.
One last point the Newcastle United Official Site has been updated and it looks fabulous, so if you haven’t seen it yet – take a look – it’s very impressive.
Also, word that Kevin Keegan is now back from his vacation, and he will be back in the office before the end of the week. 😀