Harper – We Need Repeat Of Last Year At Reebok Stadium


Newcastle are at Bolton Wanderers’ Reebok Stadium on Sunday, and in the same fixture last year, it was the very first game in charge for Sam Allardyce at the Magpies.

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Steve Harper – yet another 6 pointer – this time at Bolton

Of course since then Sam was sacked 13 months ago, and we’ve had a couple of new managers in.

Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper admits he wouldn’t mind a repeat of last season’s form in the first half when we were 3 goals up within 27 minutes.

Charles N’Zogbia and Oba Martins (2) were both on target, and went on to a fairly comfortable 3-1 win, and most fans thought we were on our way – but how wrong can you be?

Steve said today:

“Yeah, I think I’ll settle for having nothing to do in the first-half if we’re three up inside half an hour!”

“That was a great day for us and we wouldn’t mind a repeat.” “It’s another six-pointer against a team down there with us.”

“But we go there full of confidence with five points from three games and we’re looking to get a result.”

“It’s a long journey back for fans and players if you come away empty-handed so hopefully that won’t be the case.”

While this Bolton game may not be a mus- win, it’s certainly a must-not-lose game.

We just cannot allow teams in the relegation zone beating us and gaining 3 points. Bolton are a strange team, and sometimes they look good and sometimes they look poo- , and you never know which team will turn up.

Bolton had a very good win last weekend against West Ham United, when Bolton were two goals up before the first 11 minutes had elapsed, so one thing Newcastle must do on Sunday is put in another strong defensive performance.

If we can keep another clean sheet, then some good things could happen.

Howay The Lads!!



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8 comments so far

  • club insider

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:05 PM

    Comment #1

    I have a good feeling about Sunday and would go for a 2 – 1 victory to the toon !

    Hate Gary sMegson ! 😀

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  • dougnufc

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Martins to net a hat-trick!

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  • Soren

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:36 PM

    Comment #3

    Ed you do mean sometimes they like poor right? because I wouldn’t have thought you would ever use the word poo? 😀
    Anyway
    Have a good feeling about sunday and hopefully we can get the win with Martins getting back on goalscoring.

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  • Toon Graeme

    Feb 26, 2009 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Bolton seem to have found some form at home this season.

    Still think we need to go with mindset that they will be hard to breakdown and use our subs tactically so that they are an advantage.

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  • Wiser_than_wise

    Feb 26, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #5

    I think this bolton game we cant really afford to draw or lose the game so far we collected just 1 win at west brom,and drew against sunderland and everton thats just 5points too low in my opinion,

    the next matches and my thoughts on them

    bolton-anything other than 3 points is a disaster

    man utd-0points

    hull-anything other than 3points is a disaster

    arsenal -0points

    chelsea-0points

    thats a total of 6points in 5 games
    making it 11points in 8games very very low taking into consideration that other teams are toughening up as well and we are just 5points from the bottom 3 with blackburn,portsmouth revived and looking to climb up we may be going down this season sure reality

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  • ronaldeano

    Feb 26, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Martins scored a lovely bycicle kick in the box that day!

    Another one of those please Oba 😉

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  • Soren

    Feb 26, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Comment #7

    Wiser – Youre definately right. Bolton is one of the games we simply must get 3 points from, because we are heading towards some heavy competition in Man Utd, Arsenal and Chelsea. But even if we don’t get too many points from now and till the Chelsea game, I expect to get something from Hull, after Chelsea our schedule lightens up a bit with some win-able games. Stoke, Tottenham and Portsmouth are definately win-able, so we will have a shot at getting points after this though month. Stoke, Tottenham and Portsmouth are also our relegation competitors and taking points from them is also vital.

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  • Tom_Toon

    Feb 26, 2009 at 8:15 PM

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