Steve Harper, the Newcastle goalkeeper, kept Newcastle in the game after just 12 minutes yesterday against Blackpool, when he made a terrific double save.
Steve Harper – two excellent saves after 12 minutes yesterday
But Steve couldn’t do too much about the goals Blackpool did score, a penalty from Adam just before half time, and a last minute goal from DJ Campbell, completley against the run of play in the second half.
And on Newcastle United TV after the game, Magpies’ captain Kevin Nolan was very disappointed with both the result and the Newcastle performance, but he asked the Newcastle fans not to panic (too much) after just one bad result.
This is what Steve Harper said today:
“Over the years, there has been too much of a roller-coaster.” “After Aston Villa, we were probably going to finish in the top eight. Now people will be mentioning the ‘R’ word.”
“But we won’t be doing that. We know we will win games that we are not expected to and in this league, you can lose games that you are expected to win.” “We have got a tough game next week and we will battle on.”
The Tangerines played a good game yesterday, and for them it was just a fantastic result, but on the other side of the coin, it was a game Newcastle had been expected to win, and win comfortably.
And of course the game was never 2-0, but after hardly having the ball in the second half, and with Newcastle pushing up to try to get an equalizer, Blackpool broke away and made it 2-0 on 90 minutes, so it even looked like a comfortable win for the Tangerines.
And after thinking of those two goals again – I just got a pain in my right arm.
The Newcastle keeper continued:
“I had watched a couple of Charlie Adam’s penalties before the game and he went the other way, so that’s the reason I went that way.” (that’s rather odd thinking) “Their goalkeeper had one of those special days that can happen every now and again.”
“But it is a very disappointed dressing room in there.””Goals change games in the Premier League and when a team comes here, you don’t want to give them anything to hang on to, and that’s what we did.”
“We gave them a penalty and they managed to hang on to that, and they caught us with a sucker punch at the end when we had to go chasing the game, so it was a disappointing day.”
But the result was much worse than the performance yesterday, and Newcastle fans should not over-react too much to just one game.
It’s just like the 6-0 win against Villa, but we were never going to win the league after that one result. Similarly we are not going to get relegated because Blackpool have won at St. James’ Park.
A good way to think of things this season is – we’re never as good as we think we are after a win – and never as bad as we think we are – after a defeat.
And after a draw – no – we shouldn’t have won the game.
If we do that we may just be able to get through this season, maybe, but of course it’s never easy supporting Newcastle United. 😀