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.
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.