Newcastle United goalkeeper Steve Harper, who captained the side against Manchester United last week, has come out today and said this weekend’s game is the “biggest game in his time at the club”.
Steve Harper – biggest game for him at Newcastle
That’s good that Steve has said that, just in case other Newcastle players don’t realize the huge mess we are in right now, and the fact that relegation is a real possibility if we don’t vastly improve our results in the final 10 games of the season.
The Easington-born star was signed for his local club back in 1993 by Kevin Keegan, so this statement says how important the outcome of Saturday’s relegation battle is, especially after he nudged out Shay Given and started the FA Cup Final in May of 1999 against Manchester United, which we lost 2-0. This is a bigger game than even that one for Steve.
Hull are on 32 points,and a full 4 points clear of Newcastle, after they scored a last minute winner in their game at Craven Cottage. That game was Hull’s first victory since December 6th and stopped a streak of 11 games without a win.
Harper told nufcTV today:
“We know how big this game is,” “Make no mistake; this really is a relegation six-pointer.”
“I said last year before the game against Birmingham at exactly the same stage of the season that it was the biggest game in the club’s recent history.”
“Thankfully that night we got a draw which kick-started a run of seven games unbeaten which ultimately kept us up.”
“And I’ve got no problem about saying this game at Hull is just as big.” “We need the three points. You don’t get these games back.”
“I look at the table and it doesn’t lie, we really are in the thick of it.” “A good result at Hull though could act as a catalyst and we need to come out and show some real character.”
“We’ve got to produce a performance like that against Man United last week; if we do that then I’m confident we’ll get a result.”
This will be a tough game to watch, unless we can go ahead like we did against WBA, but even in that game, when we were 3-1 up at half time, the last 20 minutes was agony, once WBA scored their second goal.
Hull are hardly an easy side to play either, and we’ll need to match them for spirit and effort first, and if we can do that, our extra skill should count.
But in the 3 games we’ve played against them this season, we still haven’t won.
So this will be a good time to do just that – obviously.