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Steve Harper OK After Being Kicked By Ameobi

12:51 pm, Monday, August 10th, 2009 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 14 Comments

It turns out that Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper traveled back with the rest of the squad on Saturday night after the good 1-1 draw at WBA.

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Steve Harper - OK after being hurt by Ameobi


With a head inbjury Steve was rightly taken to hospital for precautionary checks after sustaining the injury during the opening-day 1-1 draw at West Brom.

The 34-year-old was unfortunately on the receiving end of Shola Ameobi’s boot as both players try to clear the ball that led to a sloppy goal conceded by the lads.

It was a good cross into the box but Steve should really have done better with his punch, which had the ball land right at a WBA forward’s feet in the penalty area.

The two newcastle players attempted to clear during the scramble but Shelton Martis was first to the ball to slam in home in the 39th-minute to give WBA the lead just before half time.

Steve was replaced at half time and if he didn’t know he had a strong challenge for the goalkeeper jersey at Newcastle he does now as 21 year-old Tim Krul was the star making four great saves to keep a clean sheet and get Newcastle a point.

Tim looks the natural long term successor to the great Shay Given at Newcastle, but you can bet Steve wulklk fight kije crazy to keep the goalkeeper jersey this season after being second strong to the Irishman for so long.

If only the squad was as strong in other positions as it is at goalkeeper with 21 year-old Frazer Forster, now on loan at Bristol Rovers, also a standout.

Krul won praise from both Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton and Albion manager Roberto Di Matteo after the game, not to mention his grateful team-mates.

But the Dutchman was worried about the condition of Steve Harper, as he said today:

“My main thought is about Steve and his head – hopefully it’s not as bad as it looked,”

“I’m hoping everything is all right.” “The first save was after one minute, I think.”

“It was a great feeling. After that loads happened – it was crazy!”

Krul is now in Holland preparing for tomorrow night’s U21 International against England, where he may well be facing his Newcastle team mate Andy Carroll, who is in the England U21 squad for the first time.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Newcastle News · Steve Harper · Tim Krul



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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Toon_Factor // Aug 10, 2009 at 12:56 PM

    Good! glad Harper is ok and will hopefully be between the posts vs Reading.

  • 2 NUFC-0809-Oh Dear // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:06 PM

    I think Krul made a better account of himself in the time he was on the pitch!

  • 3 WELSHMAG // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:13 PM

    I’d still stick with Harper between the posts but at least we know we’ve got amazing cover for the GK position and i’m sure he’ll get a few games this season, perhaps he could play in cup matches or summat.

    Re : possible loan signings from spurs, anyone wanna make a guess at who they could be? they’ll have to be reasonable players as there’s no point in loaning reserve or youngsters if they aint going to improve our squad.

    could it be dos santos?

  • 4 Toon_Factor // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:15 PM

    NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    He did, because he didnt organize the defence as well as Harper did, he had to make more saves which made him look better.

  • 5 lesh // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:21 PM

    Good old Shola….. but he really should remember to be sure which net he’s facing and more to the point, that it’s the ball he’s kicking!

  • 6 Fostino // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:22 PM

    dos santos would be nice, we should bid for hara,

  • 7 Wigaz // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Would rather have some of Arsenal’s youngsters on loan Vela & Whilshire please!

  • 8 Jan Stavik // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:28 PM

    Good to hear that Harper is okay, he’ll be fit to sit on the bench in the weekend then.

    Krul has got the jersey, it’s no way he can be dropped after a performance like that.

  • 9 ginkoh // Aug 10, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Tell Shola kick the ball not head. Or at least rival’s head not teammate.

  • 10 magforlife // Aug 10, 2009 at 2:15 PM

    Shola is a joke,Steves head was the only thing he connected with all game.
    First he allowed their centre half an open goal and then slashed a shot 2 mile wide.
    He got in Harpers way for their goal and was a complete incompetent throughout, what coaches see in him is beyond me.
    And before anyone protects him for being a local lad, remember, he has been paid a fortune over the years and is a very wealthy lucky young man, many local league forwards i know look at him playing wondering how the hell he ever got a professional contract.

  • 11 coyote // Aug 10, 2009 at 3:05 PM

    I worry every time I see bambi on team sheet
    By farthe worst thing JFK did was give him a new contract
    I love to see local lads succeed but he never looks interested and has no sense of urgency

  • 12 geordie jock // Aug 10, 2009 at 3:31 PM

    The only decent thing Ameobi did on saturday was to kick Harper as it meant Krul at last got to show he is the better keeper.

  • 13 Nick D // Aug 10, 2009 at 3:58 PM

    Welshmag – get real
    Krul should be number 0ne permanently now.
    There’s no room for sentiment if you ever want to achieve anything.

  • 14 Matt // Aug 10, 2009 at 5:01 PM

    Ameobi should not play for a while. Give Ranger a proper go. We lacked pace up front and all Ameobi does is help us to concede at set pieces. He has been responsible for nearly a goal a game at the wrong end over his last 10 or so appearances.




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