Steve Harper – Last 10 Games Vital To Newcastle Football Club

Steve Harper can feel rightly proud of having led the Newcastle side to one of their best performances of the season last night, especially in the first half.


Steve Harper – another good job last night

But the really unfortunate thing is we got zippo out of the game, and that’s something we just have to change in the last 10 games of the season.

But there were certainly a lot of positives that came out of the game last night, and you have to credit Chris Hughton and Colin Calderwood with getting the lads ready to play – they looked phenomenal in the first half and were a little unlucky not to go further ahead when they were 1-0 up.

In fact the first 20 minutes looked like Kevin Keegan was back in charge, as the lads surged forward as though they were completely inspired – it was just great to watch – but then that Wayne Rooney guy scored.

Steve Harper as usual did his job well, and he was really unlucky for the first goal, as Rooney’s shot ricocheted off Steven Taylor and past him high into the net.

But Steve is nothing if not a very safe goalkeeper, and the acting captain pulled off a series of key saves against the Red Devils, and then found time to praise his team-mates, who must have been shattered after the game, to get nothing out of their committed and gutsy performance.

Steve told the local Evening Chronicle today:

“We were very brave. There are a lot of positives. It’s disappointing but we’ve got plenty to take into Hull.”

“Now we’ve set a benchmark. We know what we have to do in the last 10 games, which are vital to this football club.”

“We came up against the world champions and we put a shift in.” “They know they were in a game. We gave them a fright.”

“Chris and Colin had us well organized. That’s the best way to go about it against Man United.” “We got an early goal and then they’ve stuck one past me off Steven Taylor.”

“Even after the second goal when people were expecting us to fold, we stayed on the front foot and gave them a game.”

Good words from Steve Harper.

There there were lots of positives to take out of the game last night, but against Hull City the lads must get the win, however which way they can.

They need to have that same inspired form in that game, as though their lives depended on it, and play all out for the full 90 minutes, and the team will get excellent away support from the traveling Newcastle United fans, there’s no doubt about that.

Newcastle should also have a strong bench for that game, and hopefully players will be able to put in some good shifts.

But we need points, points, points in these last 10 league games, just in case nobody knew.   😀

Howay The Lads!!

5 comments so far

  • Obafan

    Mar 5, 2009 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #1

    My thoughts on yesterday’s game;

    Harper: nothing to blame

    S. Taylor: descent and not the one who made the mistake!!

    Bassong: very strong player

    Colo: good game

    Enrique: he gets better and better. I think our LB position is safe for the future (just need good back-up)

    R. Taylor: hasn’t impressed me so far. Yesterday was his worst performance; 2nd goal defending was awful and his set pieces are weak. Had a fantastic opportunity with a set piece, but was not able to hit betweeen the posts. Should go on the bench when Duff is fit

    Guti: works so hard, but needs to learn how to cross or pass a ball. Every fantastic action dissapears as a smoke curtain when he passes terribly.

    Smith: never thought to be positive about him, but after being out for so long he battled for every inch on the pitch.

    Geremi: played okay

    Lovenkrands: always dangerous and a threat for the ManU defence, who had plenty of work with him and Oba. They should be the strikers who play from now on.

    Oba: starting to show a glimpse of his form. Good partnership with Lovenkrands. ANd an awful tackle (which should have been red) from Vidic stopped him from 2-0

    I think we played a very agressive game, but we were unfortunate. Giving away such goals will cost us the survival.

  • Jan Stavik

    Mar 5, 2009 at 9:58 PM

    Comment #2

    Harper had a good game?! What did he do well? The only thing he did was to give away 2-3 corners and having his trademark kicks out of the pitch.

    Kameni for free in the summer, we just can’t go on playing this mediocre goalie. I’d rather go with Krul as well.

  • jimiley

    Mar 5, 2009 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #3

    Harper can’t tis Shays bootlaces. What does he save which is on target. Shay kept us up. Harper and Hughton will take us down

  • Toon Sweden77

    Mar 6, 2009 at 7:29 AM

    Comment #4

    Chris and Collin deservs a lot of credit for getting the best out of the players for this match but they also has to do it for games against weaker teams like Bolton etc..

  • Macas35

    Mar 6, 2009 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #5

    There’s a load of bollocks being talked about Harper here. What about the fantastic reaction save at home to Everton when the ball came through a crowd of players? As well as numerous top saves when he had a spell in the team last seasaon. He had no chance with either goal against Man U, made one or two decent saves and came out well to thwart Ronaldo. Yet some people are determined to analyse his every move and come out with the predictable rubbish ‘Given would have saved that..’ comment.


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