Steve Harper has started in all of Newcastle 38 league games this season and in exactly half of them he’s managed to keep a clean sheet.
Steve Harper – clean sheet in half the league games this season
That’s some record by Steve in his very first full season as Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and he’s now 35 years old.
How’s that for dedication to the Newcastle cause?
Steve has talked about the upcoming game against Nottingham, Forest which promises to be the game of the season at St. James’ Park on Monday evening:
“If we beat Forest it will be a huge step forward as the gap from top to third is already 10 points and we have a game in hand,”“That makes it obvious what victory would mean. It would leave us in the driving seat.”
“We’ve set up the match nicely by taking four points out of six in our last two away games over four days.”
“However, until we’re mathematically up we won’t start shouting the odds or deviate from what we want to achieve.”
“And we won’t talk about trying to finish top until the first part of the job is completed. That’s been our attitude all season and it has worked well for us.”
Billy Davies has done a great job at Nottingham Forest since he took over from our own Colin Calderwood last year, and he will no doubt have them all ready for an all important game for them.
It is absolutely a must-win game for Forest, if they are to have any chance of securing an automatic promotion spot.
“Billy Davies will have them fired up, no question about that,” “The club has great history and their fans are desperate to return to the top flight.”“To be in the top three when it’s such a young team is an achievement in itself, and we’ll have to be on our mettle against them.”
“We want revenge because we lost 1-0 at their place, one of only four defeats we’ve suffered all season.”
“Forest battered us first-half and scored just before the break, but we pounded them after half-time.”
“Kevin Nolan scored what we thought was a good goal but was given offside.”
“We’ll be up for the challenge and we know we’ll have a big crowd of Geordies solidly behind us. That makes a massive difference.”
There’s at least a couple of reasons to whack Forest on Monday night.
First of all Nottingham Forest beat Newcastle 1-0 at the City Ground in October, and secondly we still haven’t forgiven Billy Davies, when he was manager of Derby County back in the 2007-2008 season.
They took 4 points off Newcastle that season, and that included a 1-0 win over Newcastle at Pride Park, which was the only win Derby had all season.
Derby ended up with a meager 11 points when they were relegated, and four of those points were courtesy of Newcastle.
So you see what we mean – Newcastle must win this game on Monday night.
Howay The Lads!!