Steve Harper – Sebastien Bassong Was Magnificent


Newcastle’s new number one goalkeeper Steve Harper did his part yesterday in keeping a clean sheet with one brilliant save in each half of yesterday’s game.

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Steve Harper – did his part yesterday

Steve has also singled out defensive star Sebastien Bassong for special praise after another tremendous display at the heart of the Newcastle defense, and good news for Sebastien today, in that he will soon be offered a new and improved contract to ensure he remains very happy on Tyneside. Good thinking, at last, by the Newcastle Board.

We couldn’t think of anything better to do, as this boy continues to get the job done for Newcastle, and yesterday in the second half especially he was supreme. In fact all of our back four were great yesterday with Jose Enrique putting in one of his best battling displays.

And in our Man of The Match poll, Seb is leading with 45% of the vote with Joe Enrique second on 28 % and Nickt Butt on 8%. The poll is still open, if you haven’t yet voted.

And Sebastien also seems to be a big  game player, as he proved at Cheslsea where he may have had his best game ever for Newcastle, so we are anxious to see how well he plays against the Red Devils in the next home game.

We also have a feeling that Jose Enrique is going nowhere in the summer, as he seems to be getting better with more gasmes, as he did last season.

Any more great  performances like yesterday from the Spaniard, and there’ll be an uproar if Newcastle even think of selling the lad this summer.

Steve Harper made one terrific save following a corner after 19 minutes when the ball seemed to have already gone past him,  but Steve somehow got his right hand behind the ball and scuttled it across the goal line where that man Bassong booted it clear, and when the ball came back in it was Seb up there to head the ball clear – who else?

Goalkeeper Harps told nufcTV today:

“I think once you go down to ten men you’re always going to be happy with a point so we’re delighted.” “The spirit in the second-half was terrific. That’s the sort of spirt which will keep us in the Premier League.”

“The first-half was a little bit disappointing because we were looking to take the second-half performance from the Sunderland game into this one with a high tempo from the start.” “But Everton matched us and had us on the back foot early on and I was happy to make a couple of decent blocks.”

“After that Peter Lovenkrands had a good chance and I’m right in the middle and behind play so I could see it all the way.” “When he got the ball I was just waiting for the net to go but unfortunately it went wide.” 

“But that happens and it’s just important that he scores the next one.” “I don’t think we can have any complaints about the red card but Kevin apologized and you’ve just got to get on with it.

“After that we stuck together and I thought Sebastien Bassong was magnificent – what a find he has proved to be.”

But it was Steve Harper again after 92 minutes, when young Jack Rodwell, a star in the making, hit a terrific shot low to Steve’s right, and at full stretch Steve just got a touch to the ball to send it wide of his right-hand post.

Replays showed that Steve had in fact made a terrific last ditch save, but that didn’t stop referee Lee Mason from giving Newcastle a goal-kick.

And Steve said:

“I got a touch on it and I was tempted to go and put it on the corner spot!”

“But I think I might have got in trouble if they’d scored from that so I was just happy to keep it out.”

A terrific second half display by the defense yesterday, but overall we didn’t seem to be together at all in that first half, and we were second best to Everton.

And you would hardly have thought the lads had trained together uninterrupted for a couple of weeks.

We’ll look for a better all round performance next Sunday at Bolton, and if we can play to our potential, we can get those 3 points, in a game which is yet another 6 pointer.

A win will take us above Bolton in the league – so that’s just got to be the goal for next Sunday.

Comments welcome.



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70 comments so far

  • jamie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #1

    1st sweet

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  • beyethegreat

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:19 PM

    Comment #2

    can people stop talking about bassong we need to do everything to stop him getting a good rep that way the big 4 or any1 else are less likely to be after him

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  • Alex

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #3

    I think they will already have noticed him beye .

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  • Doocey

    Feb 23, 2009 at 7:40 PM

    Comment #4

    Agreed Beye

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #5

    also agreed, Beyethegreat.

    Bassong SUCKS!! God, he’s just the WORST cb EVER!!!!! (is it working, yet?)

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:17 PM

    Comment #6

    🙂

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  • Tom1664

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #7

    Exactly OHurley. I’d like to take some time to state to any clubs interested in Bassong to cut off their interest to save themselves a hefty wodge of cash. He can’t read the game like a clingfilm bible, he can’t tackle with the brutal efficiency of a german demolition team on speed and he most certainly isn’t the best cb we’ve had in the last 5 years.

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  • Waldie

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #8

    Bassong will be gone if Newcastle dont get in some top quality players in the summer, and prove that they can push for Europe next season.

    How does Ameobi still get a game?

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM

    Comment #9

    We should sign Matt Taylor for LB and then we can have

    R.Taylor S.Taylor Bassong M.Taylor

    or youth player

    R.Taylor S.Taylor James Taylor M.Taylor

    Theres a Taylor made defense for y’all. ha

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  • Joseph

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:53 PM

    Comment #10

    djg good god that was bad

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  • Dulcinera

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:56 PM

    Comment #11

    Spuds 1 Hull 1

    C’mon the tigers. Snatch a wee winner.

    I hope Ameobi Suffers a Career ending Injury in the near Future. Yup, i did say it.

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  • Joseph

    Feb 23, 2009 at 8:57 PM

    Comment #12

    dulcinera nah thats nasty to say, sure ameobi isn’t our best player but he has scored 50 goals for us and has 4 this campaign and a couple of assists so he hasn’t been terrible overall

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  • Dulcinera

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #13

    Nasty? Nasty Is hoping he dies. Somebody just break the mans legs already

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  • Joseph take your medication! He has been terrible. He was our only out ball yesterday when we were down to 10 men and sometimes he didnt even jump for the ball.

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  • Alex

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:04 PM

    Comment #15

    i still cant belive that Ameobi got a new contract . What the hell does Kinnear and Hughton see in him ?

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  • Dulcinera

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #16

    If i’m not doing my Job correctly, i Get a warning. If i Continually disregard those warnings i get SACKED. you see? Ameobi is a rotten footballer, an absolutely disgracefull footballer. 50 Goals in how many years? most of those goals were probably so unmissable that even Ameobi himself couldn’t have missed. does that ratio really justifies a man who spurned chance after chance and has ZERO ABILITY at all.

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #17

    Membership
    Aside from becoming an official member of the fastest growing NUFC supporters club in the country you will automatically receive the following with your NUSC membership pack:

    Membership card – your official membership details on some handy plastic
    Car Sticker – Display your commitment to the cause while travelling.
    Keyring – Its a ring…for keys.
    Badge – A dapper looking NUSC badge for your christmas jumper.

    What a bunch of tools! I can’t believe why anyone would join such a group that has done nothing but contradict itself from the start. As it has been proven at Everton and many other clubs, stability is required to promote success. What does this small group actually think it will achieve. Mike Ashley has allready laughed off their advances and I join him in his wisdom.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:18 PM

    Comment #18

    DJG // Feb 23, 2009 at 8:51 PM – Post 9

    …can’t believe you never said it’d be The James Taylor Quartet. Or maybe you weren’t aware of the band.

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  • Toon_Factor

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #19

    Bassong was good yesterday, but credit has to be given to S.Taylor, Coloccini and Enrique as well as him, all of them looked solid

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:30 PM

    Comment #20

    18 Rodzilla

    Ive heard of James Taylor. But im only 21. Good thinking though.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #21

    I agree TF.

    It’d be nice to see a settled back 4 playing week-in week-out, as that seems to be why we’ve been pants for so long. I’d imagine Beye will slot straight back into the RB spot though when he’s fit again, which probably won’t be good news for S. Taylor.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #22

    DJG // Feb 23, 2009 at 9:30 PM Post – 20

    …nah mate, not the 70s folk-rock crooner. These fellas:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Taylor_Quartet

    Acid Jazz’s finest. Early 90s though, so maybe a little early still.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:35 PM

    Comment #23

    …anyway, sorry all. I realise this is a NUFC blog.

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  • Rodzilla

    Feb 23, 2009 at 9:40 PM

    Comment #24

    Anyone know where I can buy cheesecloth?

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  • valle

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:00 PM

    Comment #25

    I hope the tigers are that toothless when they meet us

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom-

    Yeah, he certainly cannot even come close to a german demolition squad on speed. LMFAO!!

    Seriously though, I think if we get rid of all the CRAP deadwood (i.e. Smith, Viduka, Owen, Shola [fingers crossed, like], Geremi, and others) and actually get some good YOUNG talent, we can be in Europe again in two or three seasons. I believe that.

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:25 PM

    Comment #27

    Wish we could make a cheeky swoop for Agbonlahor, too. Costly, but that lad is gonna be the next thierry henry in a couple years.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #28

    r u mad ohurley!?!

    agbonlahor has nowhere near the ability of thiery henry!

    that is a really silly comment

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #29

    i think we played sum decent passing yesterday. think we wud hav won if it hadnt beem for the red card.

    suprised coz earlier in the season the team was awful under chris houghton. maybe its the in fluence of colin calderwood

    jonas and martins should definatley of started tho

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #30

    messi_is_king // Feb 23, 2009 at 10:28 PM

    r u mad ohurley!?!

    agbonlahor has nowhere near the ability of thiery henry!

    that is a really silly comment

    hahaha

    Thiery Henry, hahaha that actualy made me laugh.

    messi_is_king
    It is shocking that he and C.Cole are full England internationals. Things really are getting desperate on the national side.

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  • messi_is_king

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #31

    agbonlahor has pace n thats it. just coz hes a striker n hes quick duznt make him henry

    its like wen martin oniel compared ahley young to messi lol

    young shud hav startded for england ahead of downing tho

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #32

    Agbonlahor has excellent work rate and pace to burn. He ain’t no England striker tho!

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #33

    Agbonlahor is fairly poor, I;ve been saying it since he came on the scene, even when the media were building him up.

    Anyone watch the Spuds tonight? Jesus, how lucky are they?! They were absolutely rubbish. A rank rotten performance, but still win, jus shows you how back Hull really are, especially at home.

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:54 PM

    Comment #34

    Tom_Toon

    They will finish the season above us tho.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 10:56 PM

    Comment #35

    Quite possibly, they have a very easy run in compared to ours but if they perform like they did tonight they could go down. They only won because Hull were worse.

    We performed about as well against Liverpool when they won 5-1 as Tottenham did tonight.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:00 PM

    Comment #36

    Did you see Keane tonight? What a headless chicken. £12mil paid for him and they make him captain. Wouldn’t make him captain of a 5-a-side in the park and he looks like a 12p player.

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #37

    To all who think Agbonlahor sucks-

    Yes he’s got pace. No, his control isn’t exactly the greatest. But he’s still young. Give him a few years to work and practice, and he’s gonna be that good. I’d be shocked if he wasn’t.

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  • DJG

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #38

    Imagine a season 5 years from now when Ranger scores us 30 goals, Vuckic 15 Adjei 15 ect, ect.

    Ahhh, back to reality, Bolton away on Setanta

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:01 PM

    Comment #39

    The media are creaming over Spurs winning though, hence why I am going on about then being so bad just to help even it out.

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  • OHurley

    Feb 23, 2009 at 11:02 PM

    Comment #40

    Maybe I’m wrong, and I’ll eat some humble pie if that’s so. BUT- I think he’s gonna be a gem.

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