We thought Steve Harper was Man Of The Match last night, because if it was not for him in the first half, even Danny Guthrie’s wonderful strike in the second half wouldn’t have been enough to get us all 3 points.
Steve Harper – pleads for more players
But in our Man of the March poll yong Nile Ranger has a good 38% of the vote and leading rather easily – poll is still open on our home page.
The longest serving player at the club believes that Newcastle United’s wafer-thin squad must be increased if we are to keep top of the Coca-Cola Championship.
Steve was brilliant last night as somehow Chris Hughton’s injury-hit side till managed to pick up all 34 points agsinst a good looking Leicester City side.
We currently have 10 departures this summer, including Xisco from yesterday, Harper feels the squad sis still not big enough or good enough – and the local lad has today pleaded with the Newcastle upper management to sign up new players today.
As we have found out recently Championship clubs can still sign players on loan up until the end of November, and sign free agents who haven’t found a club before the end of play tonight. That last bit ‘s in the Chronicle today so we assume it’s accurate – we always thought clubs could sign free agents at any time. (?).
Steve Harper is right to be very concerned and he told the Evening Chronicle:
“We’ve worked hard and now we need help from the people upstairs.” “We need reinforcements in key areas.”
“We have lots of midfielders and I’d like to think we are OK for keepers.” “But up front and in the middle of the back four we need reinforcements.”
“We need bodies. We’ve lost 10 players and we’ve got a lot of money in and shaved the wage bill.” “It’s now up to the people upstairs to give us the opportunity to stay at the top of the league.”
Chris Hughton was forced last night to again play 17-year-old Haris Vuckic and 18-year-old Geordie boy Ryan Donaldson, in the 1-0 win over the Foxes. And 6 of the 7 subs were teenagers.
“It was a fantastic team effort – it was almost a game too far for a wafer-thin squad. You could see that – the lads were flagging late on.”
“But I think you can see that everybody is rowing in the same direction.” “The spirit is there from playing and coach staff. Everybody is looking after each other’s backs.”
“That’s what got us through against Leicester against a very well-organised side.” “ The international break comes at a great time for us as it is a very, very thin squad.”
Let’s hope Ashley does something to help the Newcastle club today – that would be a nice change.