Newcastle have 27 points and are 4 points above Blackburn Rovers, who are in 18th position, and while usually 40 points defines safety in the Premier league, that hasn’t always been the case.
Steve Harper – Everton are very organized
Steve Harper talked to the Evening Chronicle today:
“The 40-point mark is not a million miles away.” “Glenn Roeder used to tell us every day he was at West Ham and they went down with 42.”
“Whether it be 34 or 42, what is enough to keep us up is irrelevant.” “The least we must finish is 17th – and we want to finish as high we possibly can.”
“We just have to get as many points as possible.” “Our immediate priority is to get more points than the bottom three.”
“Hopefully, once we are safe we can concentrate on moving out of the bottom half and into the top.” “At the moment there are a dozen teams at the bottom fighting for their lives.”
Steve Harper also seems to have every faith in Chris Hughton, who will be in charge until Joe Kinnear can return to the dugout in a couple of months:
“Chris was in charge earlier in the season – we do not see this as an adverse situation.” “Chris, Colin Calderwood and Paul Barron are three very, very good coaches who are very experienced too.”
“They have been very experienced players in their time too, so we are in good hands.” “We just have to go into tomorrow from the off and come out with all guns blazing.”
“It will be a tough game. They are a very well-organised side and I think David Moyes and Steve Round have done a great job.” “When you mix hard work and organisation with quality, then you have a good side. “
“They have proved it this season.”
Steve was in charge earlier in the season and we lost all 5 games, so a win tomorrow is important, so we don’t start to repeat that poor form, at this crucial stage of the season.
Everton have good players like Tim Cahill and Tony Hibbert missing, and while we need to take advantage of that, Everton always seem to put out a team that is competitive.
And of course the game at Goodison Park was Joe’s first game in charge, and we showed great spirit in coming back from 2-0 down to get a very good 2-2 draw.
“We were 2-0 down in the first game at Goodison. “We showed a lot of character and determination to fight back and gain a draw.
“Goodison is a tough place to go, but we proved then we can compete with them and we will be trying to do the same again.”
The game also starts a series of very tough home games for Newcastle with Everton, Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea, all top six teams to follow in the coming weeks.
“We have four massive home games now.” “We managed to pull off a good win at West Brom, but now we go into a tough run of home games.”
“We will have 50,000 behind us against Everton and it is up to us to continue what we did in the Sunderland game in the second half.”
“We kept that up against West Brom in the first half – now we have to keep up that tempo.”
Tomorrow’s game is almost a watershed game, because as defeat will set the alarm bells off at Newcastle, but a draw or a win would be acceptable, with a win of course really being what we need.
The lads showed good form and spirit at WBA, and with the new lads now better bedded into the team, we may be able to put on a top show that could take all 3 points.
That’s exactly what we want to see tomorrow. 😀
Howay The Lads!!