Harewood Can Make Big Impact – Will Only Get Better

Newcastle were a little fortunate last night to save their unbeaten record at home, but it was also the first time the side hadn’t taken all 3 points in a game at St. James’ Park this season.

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Marlon Harewood – his experience a big advantage to Newcastle

QPR were the better team last night, especially in the first half, and manager Chris Hughton said after the game:

“You’re up against Championship battle-hardened teams who are used to playing the amount of games that we have to play.”

“It’s something that we’ll keep stressing to the players. If you look at the games so far this season we’ve had to fight and work hard for everything so far.”

And Chris was rightly delighted with the impact of 30 year-old Marlon Harewood, who scored his first league goal for 18 months on 70 minutes, and made an immediate impact after replacing 18 year-old Nile Ranger 9 minutes before his goal.

Chris continued:

“He’s a player with a lot of experience who is different from what we’ve got,” “We know he can make an impact – the decision not to play him was only based on number of games played.”

“He will only get better with more games. Apart from his quality, he’s also a lad who’s been around and played at big clubs so he’s used to this type of arena and atmosphere that we’ll have.”

It could well be that Marlon will score some vital goals for the Magpies this season, and of course the 6’1″ striker is already a proven goalscorer at this level.

Certainly he has started out very well at Newcastle, as he looked lively when brought on against Ipswich on Saturday night, and saved the side last night at St. James’ Park, with his goal.

We exect Marlon to start the game against Bristol City on Saturday, when we just have to get all 3 points.

Comments welcome.

14 comments so far

  • unclepauly

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    we were always gonna come unstuck at some point. at least we didnt lose, we are still top of the table so chin up all is good ! lets have some nice possitive comments !

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #2

    Harewood is miles better than Carroll and Ranger…he will be immense for us,Gut feeling is he will bang in plenty before January and if Mike is feeling flush we may get him on a perm deal..unless someone else like Hull or Stoke,possibly Birmingham decide to buy him which will probably happen.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #3

    QPR was a good test,we need a winger that can beat his man and deliver crosses in the box we don’t seem to do that and I am still not convinced with Jonas,work rate is good…end product (like a pin point cross)I just don’t see it.

  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    Agree to agree sirjason, yes we need a winger that can cross and in addition, use Jason to best advantage.

    Ok so he can’t cross so we’ve three alternatives:

    Train him to cross:
    Encourage his off-the-ball runs (he’ll take at least one defender with him):
    or get rid!

    As far as Harewood’s concerned, of course he’s better than Ranger and Carrol but let’s not forget the differences in age and moreso, experience. They can learn from him and how he uses his stregth.

    Early days yet, but salvaging the point showed a great deal of commitment from the lads but we’ve got to learn how to bury the opposition.

    On the whole, a much better start to the season than expected by most, I’m sure.

    All credit to CH, CC, the players and all concerned.

    George Caulkin in todays Times (sorry, can’t find a link to it) is jumping through hoops about Harewood and in particular, his goal celebration and passion he showed.

  • lesh

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #5

    Agree to a *degree

  • premier

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #6

    perfect replacement for Owen, Martins and Viduka

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    Comment #7

    Can’t knock the Lads or CH,We seem pretty robust and just need to get pin point balls in the box for the big lads to attack and a bit of pace from somewhere would make all the difference…maybe lua lua can add that spark?

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #8

    A troll with too much time on his hands..ignore.

  • Lew Davies

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #9


  • sahota

    Oct 1, 2009 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    As I earlier predicted I think Harewood will score atleast 10 goals for us by end of DEC. I think we have 13 or 14 games before new year and if he can get us 10 goals that would be brilliant. And I am sure if he does that we will be top of league with significant point difference. We should be atleast 12-15 points clear from Number 3 in table. But we need to be careful as I think Harewood will defo move on if someone offers Villa little bit money. But advantage is with us , as Harewood as we have seen will work his socks off to score. I wish he starts every game from start after couple of games from now.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #11

    Harewood is a fighter with something to prove..he must be started ahead of Ranger and Carrol.

    Ranger and Carrol would be far more effective if we could get crosses high into the box but we struggle to do that making them both pretty ineffective.

    If we had a winger that could launch perfect balls high into the area Carrol and Ranger would be converting chances more regularly.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #12

    I think if Harewood is on fire between now and January a premiership team or championship rival will stump up some cash to buy him.

    I don’t see Ashley dipping into the coffers any time soon to strengthen the squad and I think it more likely he will continue to sell players rather than buy..such is the retail mentality.

  • sirjasontoon

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #13

    Off topic anyone heard anything about the imaginary buyout?

    Wait until just before January a new consortium will be in the frame so Ashley will again let another Transfer window pass buy…zzzzzzzzz

  • komfort

    Oct 1, 2009 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #14

    cant wait to see bristol city’s two up front on saturday…they reckon their a couple of whoppers so we’ll need to give them a good squeeze…


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