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.
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.