Czech goalkeeper Pavel Srnicek is the Newcastle goalkeeper who holds the club’s clean-sheet record of 18.
Steve Harper – one clean sheet from the new Newcastle record
But Newcastle so far this season have 18 clean sheets in the Championship and another clean sheet in any of Newcastle’s last 10 games will give Steve Harper the new record.
Not a bad record for Steve’s first full season as Newcastle’s number one.
And Pavel, at the end of the 1992-2993 season, when Newcastle were last promoted to the Premiership, wore that famous T shirt that announced “Pavel Is A Geordie”
Steve Harper has talked about Pav the Geordie and the clean-sheet record today:
“I couldn’t think of anyone better than Pav to knock off the record because he was fantastic to me when I was a young kid here,”
“He was here last week when we had a Slovakian trialist that he came in with and I jokingly said if we get promoted by the Ipswich game I will wear a ‘Pavel is a Geordie’ T-shirt.”
“His face lit up and he said he would come back for it so he might be putting me under pressure to do that. I think the world of Pav.”
“We had a lot of 1-0 wins this season but we have really started firing in the last 10 or 12 games and started scoring a lot of goals when the clean sheets have dried up a bit.”
“It is probably the first time since I came to Newcastle that I have heard a defence being consistently praised,” “I don’t know if that is to do with dropping down a division or not, but this is a very tough league. I keep ticking the games off but there still seems to be a load left.”
Clean sheets are not just dependent on the goalkeeper of course, but on having a strong defense, and having every single player do their jobs in defense, such as from dead ball situations.
For example how many times this season has Andy Carroll headed the ball clear in defense?
Having said that Steve has had a great season, and has been one of the safest goalkeepers around.
“It would be unfair if I was to take all the credit,” “If my name goes there then great, but I don’t want it to go unrecognised what a fantastic team effort it has been in the 36 games so far.”
“To keep a clean sheet every other game is testament to a good, solid unit which we have proved ourselves to be this season. It is pleasing to hear that Wednesday was our 18th clean sheet and hopefully we can get several more in the last 10 games and get promoted.”
“We will all be proud if we create a new record. I know it sounds boring to say we score goals as a team and defend as a team but we do.”
“Goalkeepers tend to get a lot of credit when you keep a clean sheet. But you look at Steven Taylor earlier this season and he was very impressive, (Fabricio) Coloccini has been outstanding and José Enrique and Patrick van Aaanholt when he came in.”
“Fitz Hall was outstanding against Scunthorpe, Danny Simpson has done well and then there are the midfield lads. When we lose the ball we get behind it and are hard to score against.”
It would be great to get another clean sheet today, and it seems that the defense Newcastle have this season could form the basis of a more than decent team in the Premiership next season.
We’re just hoping that turns out to be true.