Steve Harper is one of the players this season that have turned out to be saviors of the Newcastle United club.
Steve Harper – great team spirit in squad
When all looked dead and lost last summer, and we don’t overstate that, Steve was one of the players who bonded together with other senior players and vowed to get the famous Newcastle club out of the big hole they had dug for themselves the season before by being relegated.
One of the features of that team was the lack of team spirit and fight which is one big reason that teams not as good in quality like Hull, Stoke and Blackburn – to name only three – escaped relegation – because at least that lot were willing to fight like hell.
Steve talked today about the renewed team spirit that fans can see in the team this season:
“We have a great team spirit here and we have shown that all season.” “We have a great team spirit here and we have shown that all season.”
“To come to a place like Doncaster against an in-form team and come away with a win shows how resilient we are.”
“The team spirit is fantastic. You do not come to places like this and grind out away wins without it. The lads showed that again against Doncaster.”
“It was a very important win because, when we look back at the end of the season, I suspect we will look back at this as a big, big night.”
“We knew it was going to be tough because Doncaster have been on a good run and are on the edge of the play-offs. The conditions were bad, but we dug it out.”
“I think you have to credit the manager for picking that system because Doncaster do have a lot of quality and we combated it well.”
“They had chances but we were resolute and got the goal we needed.”
It’s very evident the team spirit is tremendous this season, and we hear very little complaining or bad stuff going on with our players when they are left out of the team.
Good examples of that are players like Ryan Taylor, Nicky Butt the captain and Danny Guthrie who haven’t always made the first team, but seem willing to do whatever is asked of them by manager Chris Hughton.
Of course we also have to give credit to manager Chris Hughton, who has managed the squad almost brilliantly this season.
The only thing we are thinking about right now is 3 points against Nottingham Forest on Monday night – because a win in that game would almost guarantee promotion.
Howay The Lads!!