It seems that in-form Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has come to terms with our relegation of last May, and wants to bring the good times back to St.James’ Park and get the club promoted next May, at the first attempt.
Steve Harper – relegation is ancient history
With Newcastle top of the league right now, and going into a tough match at Cardiff City on Sunday, it appears they may have convinced themselves and the fans, that promotion is a distinct possibility for the club next May.
Harper talked about the agony of relegation and said:
“That’s gone. We can’t do anything about that –- it’s history, ancient history now.”
“We have to forget about all of that, and do everything we can to get back into the Premier League.”
“That’s the attitude going into all the games, including Cardiff.”
“That’s what everybody in the dressing room, and the coaching staff, are working hard on, and the people upstairs are to bring in new faces.”
Harper is the longest-serving player at St James’ Park, having joined in 1993, and is now one of the group of players who took it upon themselves to form unofficial player committee, to help Chris and Colin, during the pre-season.
That group consists of club captain Nicky Butt, Steve Harper, Kevin Nolan, Alan Smith, and Joey Barton. It’s a little surprise that Joey is in there, but he’s a leader (and talker) on Tyneside, and his job this season is to put that into action on the pitch.
We have to hope he can curb his destructive tendencies, foe the good of the club, not to mention himself, and we think he can do that – we hope he can do that.
Striker Michael Chopra, who was on Newcastle’s books as a teenager and was even expected at one to eclipse Alan Shearer as a great Newcastle striker is in the Cardiff team on Sunday.
Michael failed to impress at Sunderland last season in the Premier league. but has made a great start to the season with 8 goals already.
Michael could well pose the biggest goal threat to Harper’s 4 clean sheets in a row, and no doubt the defenders will be well aware of him on Sunday.
“I played with Chops a lot, and he’ll be desperate to score.”
“He’s doing really well. He still comes to our games – he was at the Sheff Wed game. But for us, this is another league game.”
“I don’t think he’s ever had a run at a team in the Premier League. He’s always been in and out.”
“When he’s been at Cardiff in his two stints, though, he plays week-in, week-out. That can only be good for confidence.”
“We’ve exchanged a few phone calls and texts.”
The Cardiff City game will be a good test of our ability to keep winning games, as the Welsh side is now 3rd top, and another win by the Magpies will send those spririts a little bit higher on Tyneside come Sunday night.
Howay The Lads!!