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!!