When Newcastle played Peterborough on 22nd September, we rested most of our first team squad, and started with 6 teenagers.
Steve Harper – another super save form the local lad
But when Peterborough deservedly won that game, there was not one word mentioning this on their club site report of the game, and nothing from manager Ferguson, other than it was a great win for the club. Maybe he was trying to get a wage increase.
That piece of nonsense may come back to haunt them tomorrow, as the Newcastle players, including star goalkeeper Steve Harper, who didn’t even travel for that game, will this time be in the team.
Steve, who was the star man (again) for the club on Monday night with a wonderful display of goalkeeping in front of his good friend and former colleague Shay Given said today:
“I wasn’t at Peterborough, but I’m told that their players were milking it against a lot of our young lads, so we’re looking forward to them coming up,”
“I’m sure the fans will get behind us and show how tough a place St James’ Park is to come.”
Steve got 35% of the vote for MOM Monday night, with Enrique second on 29% and Andy Carroll in third place with 22% of the vote – and the poll is still open on our home page.
Newcastle are looking for a 3rd successive win and it’s very important we put a good win streak together, following that 4 game streak, when we had two away defeats and two home draws – just not good enough.
Harper made five very good saves (we counted them), in the second half on Monday night, with probably his best two in injury time, with the last one just world class – and we are only quoting the commentator on that one.
If Steve keeps up this form we will not rule out Fabio Capello giving his a chance in the England squad, although it seems Steve has already ruled that out.
One of the problems with the current England goalkeepers, is that it’s a bit like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.
But Steve is reliable, and may still get a chance.
The goalkeeper is expecting things to be tough tomorrow:
“The Doncaster one was a big one – we went behind and won a tough, battling game. Those are the qualities you need in this league.”
“It was proved again (at Sheffield United), and we’re not underestimating Peterborough.”
“We know that it’ll be a tough game, and that they’ll come and make it difficult for us, but it would be fantastic to take another three points.”
Harper, like most of the players at Newcastle has welcomed the end to the uncertainty with the appointment of Chris as manager, and that Mike Ashley will be staying. 🙁
“We’re pleased it’s all sorted. It’s gone on and on – we’ve not known whether this or that was going to happen – but it’s sorted now.”
“The club’s off the market, Chris Hughton’s the manager, and hopefully we can get out of this division.”
“Chris has done an incredible job in the circumstances, and fully deserves the appointment. All the lads are right behind him.”
If the players are all behind Chris and the fans are all behind Chris and the players – we’ll not go far wrong this season.
We just have to find ways of ignoring the incompetent and hopeless Newcastle owner, plus his right hand man – who also happens to be completely clueless.