Steve Harper played a major role in the run-in to last season under Kevin Keegan, and we hope he can do the same thing this season, now Shay Given is at Manchester City.
Steve Harper – solid game on Saturday
We had noticed a lot of our readers had been saying we had to take 4 points from these last twp games and we’ve done just that, and you cannot say the lads didn’t fight and come back from some adversity against Sunderland.
Steve said today:
“Saturday’s win was massive, it was just massive,”
“It’s a little bit similar to last year when we had a couple of games that at the time I said were probably the biggest in the club’s recent history.”
“And our last two games have probably been the same. If we’d lost against Sunderland it would have been a massive blow.”
“And coming into the West Brom game I noticed that all of the teams below us had difficult fixtures so we knew that a win gave a chance for us to open a bit of daylight.”
“We’ve gone down there and shown great character, a lot of courage and we’ve managed to do that.”
“Last year at Birmingham we were 1-0 down and everybody just looked around the dressing room and you could almost sense something,”
“We came out and really dominated the second half and we did the same last week against Sunderland. Turning points like that can change a season.”
“Obviously Sunderland was a game that we couldn’t lose and we were one down at half time and again you could feel something in the dressing room.”
“The tempo that we played the second half against Sunderland was something that we wanted to take into the West Brom game and we managed to do that.”
As Nicky Butt rightly said yesterday, the team needs to push on from these last two games, and do our very best to get something out of the Everton game, which takes place on Sunday, 22nd February.
But at home we have to stand a good chance of beating any team, given the great Newcastle support.
Everton are a tough team, and extremely well organized and motivated by manager David Moyes, but they are probably the easiest of the next 4 homes games, since after the Toffees game, we have Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
We need to take 3 points against Everton a week on Sunday.