Steve Harper is a local lad who knows just how important the game with Middlesbrough is on Monday night, and if we cannot capture all 3 points, we can kiss goodbye to the Premier League this season, it’s as simple as that.
Steve Harper – must-win game – again
Steve is trying to keep positive right now, just like the rest of the Newcastle players, who owe a super performance to the Newcastle fans and to themselves, on Monday night.
Steve said to the Sunday Sun today:
“I played for Huddersfield in the Championship (the then Division One, in 1997-98),” “It’s not something I want to think about to be honest.”
“When I was first involved at this club, we were also in what is now the Championship. It would be awful if we went down.” “I’ve played in that league so I know how tough it is and how tough it would be to get out of it when people would expect us to bounce straight back if the worst was to happen.”
“But we try not to think about that. If we need to think about that on May 25, then we’ll all be devastated.” “We have three games to avoid that, starting on Monday night. It’s the biggest game I’ve been involved in in my time here.”
“We keep saying that it’s the biggest game – but this one really is.” “Derby-wise, the Sunderland game was massive. They had the better of the first half and we had the better of the second, but we have to put a 90-minute performance in on Monday.” “It’s a must-win.”
And even though England are short of top-class goalkeepers right now, it looks like Steve has given up on ever playing for England, as he was asked about this today:
“It’s not going to happen,” “I hope our foreign lads know how big this game is, because being from around here, I know there’s no escape. It’s massive for both sides”
“Portsmouth came here and did a bit of a job on us in our last home game. They came in a more comfortable position and nullified us, but Middlesbrough can’t afford to do that.”
“Their goal difference is slightly worse than ours and they have to come and look to win the game.” “So hopefully it will be an open game and we’ll come out on top.”
“Hopefully it won’t come down to goal difference. If it does, you can look back on a whole season, not just last Sunday at Liverpool, and I’d hope we would have the edge.”
Well, we’ve heard all this before from our players this season, and they have won just one single game this year. A win on Monday night would be great for our survival chances, but the players still have to deliver, and they will need to score a goal, and they haven’t done much of that this year – so far.
Of course Steve played great against Liverpool last Sunday, and he will need to be in top form tomorrow, because a clean sheet is just what the doctor ordered, and that would be the second clean sheet in a row at St. James’ Park.
But it’s a toss-up what happens tomorrow night, if we are to be absolutely honest.