Steve Harper put in another solid performance for Newcastle at The Hawthorns on Saturday, and if all goes well Steve should almost double his number of appearances over the next couple of seasons, for his home town club.
Steve Harper – another solid display on Saturday
While we were sorry to Shay finally leave the club, we have to move on now, and we have 100% confidence that Steve can get the job done for Newcastle, over the next few seasons.
And there even seems some justice for Steve, who has waited patiently to become number one, at his home town club, and always refused to leave Newcastle, where he could surely have found first team football elsewhere in the Premiership.
Everything come to those who wait, is the saying that comes to mind with Steve.
And today Harper, who is 34 next month, has hailed the mental fortitude of the Newcastle United side after they held on well in the last 17 minutes to claim all 3 points at West Brom on Saturday.
And Harps is pleased the Magpies have at last put some points between between themselves and the third bottom side, Blackburn. We have 4 points more than Blackburn, and a better goal difference.
Steve talked today about the game:
“We’d looked at it all week, and saw the teams below us had difficult fixtures,”
“We’d seen what a great opportunity it was to put some much-needed daylight there.”
“Aand we managed to do it. We needed that.”
We suspect Joe’s blood pressure rose some, when he heard the score had gone to 3-2, because at 3-1 Newcastle had looked safe.
“I had a look up and there was 17 minutes left plus stoppage time (when Marc-Antoine Fortune made it 3-2).
“A two-goal lead isn’t as big as it looks in football. When a team, especially at home, gets one back, they’re going to be on the front foot.”
“We maybe dropped a little bit deep, and I was roaring at them to get up the pitch, but fortunately we managed to hang on in there and we showed great character.”
“It was massive win. The players knew that, and there were some outstanding individual performances.”
“I thought Shola Ameobi was magnificent and Damien Duff was excellent. I don’t think there was any bad ones.”
The thing we like about Harper’s goalkeeping is he’s good on crosses, good at kicking, and exceptionally safe overall, and the type of goalkeeper who looks calm and in control, and inspires confidence in the team.
He’ll need to keep doing that, because the back four in the first half looked anything but steady, and that’s an area we look for some improvement against Everton.
Coloccini though had a good game, and that was good to see, and he is still an ever present for Newcastle this season.
And as far as our new number goalkeeper goes, we think Steve is going to do just great at Newcastle.