Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has commented on the terrible result of last Saturday, when the Newcastle side allowed Blackpool to break their terriifc home record.
Steve Harper – unable to stop DJ Campbell shot on 90 minutes
It was a lost opportunity for Newcastle to go 4th top of the league on 7 points, and that’s where Blackpool are positioned right now, after surprisingly taking all 3 points at St. James’ Park.
Steve had a terrific double save after just 12 minutes, and he talked about that today:
“That’s something you work in training – making blocks and getting up for the second ball.” “I’m just pleased it didn’t smash me on the nose again, having broken it against Wolves.”
“I broke it on the Saturday, and it was put right on the Tuesday, which I wouldn’t recommend!” “I turned down the local anaesthetic at the hospital – I wouldn’t recommend that either!”
“It’s probably a missed opportunity.” “Four points from three games was probably the minimum we were expecting, and everyone was probably expecting us to win this.” “We had watched them, and we knew they were an attacking side, and would come here and play three up front.”
“Unfortunately, it was a first-goal game.” “First goals change games, and we gave them the penalty.” “It gave them something to hold on to. At half-time we knew if we could get the next goal, we would go on and win the game.”
“If we create that many chances week-in, week-out, we’ll be OK.”
And Steve also paid tribute to the Blackpool goalkeeper Michael Gilks, who had a terrific game:
“Their goalkeeper had a pretty special day, but if we had taken one of those chances, we could have gone on to win the game.”
“In the last minute we would gone gung ho to try to get something out of it – we got caught by a classic sucker punch. We did that to teams all last season.”
The 28 year-old Rochdale-born Gilks qualifies to play for Scotland through his Scottish grandmother, plus he likes to take a scotch whiskey now and then – which also helps.
He was in the Scotland squad for their recent internationals a week or so ago, and should make his debut fairly soon with displays like this one. He’s had an excellent season so far – that’s for sure.