It Was A First Goal Game On Saturday – Steve Harper


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.

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33 comments so far

  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #1

    I remember seeing the “don’t panic” movie two years ago. I didn’t like how it ended back then.

    I am not panicked now, but I am damn sure concerned.

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  • batty

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #2

    ile only be concerned if we stop createing chances

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #3

    @ Toon XI // Sep 13, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    Agreed mate, only thing is that im more than concerned

    Fair enough we beat Villa 6-0, but certain things went in our favour, had Carew scored that penalty, i promise you right now the score would have been slightly different

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  • keegan trio

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #4

    PLEASE DROP NOLAN AND SMITH…make them to rediscover form…no parasites are allowed..nolan esp is diabolic..and smith is anonyomous

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #5

    also during that time when we had the least shots against us….something like 6 only…..4 of the 6 shots against us WERE FEKKING GOALS

    Cracks that everyone tries to cover up

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  • dave 1961

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #6

    the don’t panic was the man u away game to get beat off Blackpool, who finished 32 points behind us is a waning, we can’t afford many of these defeats to be in deep trouble, for those that think we were just unlucky time will tell on this. the game on Saturday was awful and we got what we deserved playing 4-5-1 at home, Blackpool were there for the slaughter if we had played our strongest team. the team selection was so predictable, as was out team play, our subs was laughable, in short we did everything to make it easy for Blackpool. if Hughton plays the same team & tactics we will soon make life different for ourselves. Hughton needs to learn fast or we will start to go backwards.

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #7

    It is scary when our #1 views a home match with Blackpool as a “first goal” game. Really Steve???? If Blackpool scores first then we can’t win? How pathetic is that!

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  • Oba

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #8

    @ WesJameson // Sep 13, 2010 at 2:21 PM

    “Fair enough we beat Villa 6-0, but certain things went in our favour, had Carew scored that penalty, i promise you right now the score would have been slightly different”

    Yeah, 6-1.

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #9

    @ Oba // Sep 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    HAHAHA mate, c’mon…..lets be honest here

    Had the peanut and the Handball/Offside Ashley Young disallowed goal gone in the score would have been like 4-1 to Villa more like

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  • WesJameson

    Sep 13, 2010 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #10

    @ Toon XI // Sep 13, 2010 at 2:48 PM

    Couldn’t agree more there mate, show just how fekking far we have fallen….MY GOD its a long long long long long long long long way down

    Im serious here, when i say….it breaks my heart every morning i wake up, i honestly haven’t laughed or smiled in Years

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 13, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    Comment #11

    Well said, batty. Carroll’s proved he can score, so have Nolan, Barton, Lovenkrands (if not properly at such a high level) and Routledge the same as Lovenkrands. If we carry on creating the amount of chances we have in the last 3 games I’m sure we’ll put a few away soon 😀

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 13, 2010 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #12

    “Had the peanut and the Handball/Offside Ashley Young disallowed goal gone in the score would have been like 4-1 to Villa more like”

    That’s such a silly thing to say. It didn’t happen. There’ll be days when we can say exactly the same. I could say, “If Blackpool hadn’t scored that pen we’d probably have won the game.”

    So?

    They scored, Villa missed. It’s what actually happens not all the ‘if’s and ‘but’s

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  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:06 PM

    Comment #13

    check out ben arfa highlights in his last game for france…such a class player.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3__JHjz3dc

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:24 PM

    Comment #14

    everyone needs to take a deep breath and relax. I’m not worried about the blackpool game because it’s the 4th bloody game of the season. But more importantly the performance was bad but not the norm. If that was how we’ve played for the first 4 games and were sitting on nowt a point then i would be worried. But i kinda saw this coming. You see it all the time in sport, where you have extra time off before a match against an “inferrior” opponent and end up losing. All week your on a high as to the form your on and look forward to an easy win.
    They didn’t look sharp at all. Perch and wayne looked like they have progressed again, having progressed little by little in each game. Willo and colo had another terrific game. The rest looked really unsharp. Stray passes poor to no runs, and poor composer in front of goal. But it was a poor performance and not a normal one. If the blackpool performance becomes the norm then yes panic. But this might be exactly what we need to keep the focus up. We have some new blood coming in and competition will be ramped up this week. Don’t be surprised if we do to everton what blackpool just did to us.
    On another note i think hba might just be the best thing that ever happened to jonas’ toon carreer. Since he’s been here he has proved to me that he can not deal with the pressure of being a fan favorite, and the teams creative force. He presses too much and wants so badly to live up to those expectations but can’t under the pressure. I believe thats why some of his best games have been away from st james’s. Hba will take that role and i believe he is confident enough to relish in it. With the pressure off jonas i think we might just see a break out season from him, and maybe even some goals.

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  • alex84

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:30 PM

    Comment #15

    yeah i think your right jersey geordie, this league is very tough, no easy games, i think we can take everton!! come on the toon!!

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  • balubas1

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #16

    We have a problem as FANS because our beloved NUFC is a team that can beat almost anyone, but can also loose to anyone.

    We’re not a bad team, but we’re not an excellent team either…

    I think the best for us as FANS is to accept that fact, and take any success as a bonus.

    If we manage to be top 8 for a few seasons in a row, we may start to take losses such as against Blackpool more seriously.

    I was at work so I did not see the game, but from the highlights I saw more chances to us, and we looked the better team. (correct me if I’m wrong here)

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  • jimiley

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #17

    We lost to Blackpool at home. Arsenal beat them six nil and could have had ten. We will struggle. End of. People saying they are not worried after the fourth game are kidding themselves. Any one of about seven or eight teams can get relegated and we are one of them.

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  • atom

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #18

    jersey: I hope you are right about Jonas. If he can up his game, it would make the team so much better. I can not imagine how much better Big Andy would be with a consistent supply line.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #19

    batty well said JerseyGeordie agree with most of your points, but i would be more than happy at a point away at everton.

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  • balubas1

    Sep 13, 2010 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #20

    jimiley..

    say what you want.. I still believe we can beat anyone.

    dont join the pms-crew.. give our team a rest and let them do the best they can. They need us behind them, not us questioning them all the time.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #21

    balubas1spot on this slaging our own players off has got to stop

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #22

    toon@19
    i would be delighted with a point against everton. We are not in their league yet and really should lose that game. All i’m saying is that the lads should be up for that game and everton could pull a villa and think they’ll beat us easily.
    Jim@17
    we are not competing with the likes of arsenal yet. They beat blackpool 6 nil we beat villa 6 nil you don’t win every game your supposed to and you don’t lose every game your supposed to. It’s been 4 games and the performances have been good. Anyone who can claim to know what the final standing is going to be after 4 games is kidding themselves.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #23

    JerseyGeordie i would not say they are better than we are, just think on our day we can give any team a good game.We are quite capeable at beating everton, but they are also capeable at beating us.Away from home i would be happy with a point in that game.

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:20 PM

    Comment #24

    As I said yesterday and today, our next 5 games will dictate how the rest of season will go for us.

    @ Everton
    Stoke
    @ Man City
    Wigan
    @ West Ham

    We need 7 points minimum from these 5 games or we will be in a deep hole. Points at Goodison and Eastlands will be difficult.

    Stoke, Wigan and West Ham will be fighting us to stay out of the bottom three. We need to beat all three or at the very least win two of these three matches.

    After these 5 games we will have played 25% of the season. If we lose points now it will haunt us in May. It is a numbers game. You can’t continue to drop points against your relegation competition.

    All I am saying is that every game matters whether it’s in September or April. It is not panic. It is just that we must accept the importance of every match – especially in a season such as this when we are not a “permanent” PL fixture.

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  • Howay The Lads

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #25

    Can you imagine what some of our fans would be like if we were in West Ham’s position?

    Look, let’s face it we have a bad rep as fans. Not with all but with some. Deluded etc, etc.

    How is being as fickle as we are going to help? A lot of people complain that we were relegated because of the attitude of the players, but was the attitude of the fans not to blame also?

    Getting the bedsheets out and complaining when what needed doing was getting behind the team was surely a factor in our relegation.

    C’mon be realistic. We may go down, but if we get behind the team and don’t create a horrible atmosphere to play in we’ll have a much better chance of staying up.

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  • CT

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Everton, scoring first will be key! Villa came chasing and we capitalised. B`pool scored first, they defended in numbers. Still like idea HBA playing Pedro role off CARROL, Barton n Guthrie cmf, Tiote holding, Jonas/ Rout or R.Tayor w/backs. Enrique/ Sol/Willy/Colo or Tayls back 3. This would be potent in my opinion when everyone fit, plus still Gos to come!

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  • Toon XI

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #27

    Is Guthrie available? I thought he was still out of the picture due to his knee injury.

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  • JerseyGeordie

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:35 PM

    Comment #28

    @toon
    yes on any day anybody can beat anybody.
    But imo if both teams play at there utmost best, we lose. They are a much better team. They have been consistently in the top half, they have some players who are miles better than ours on talent.
    That being said i think we still could get something out of this game if our lads really play well and everton come in too confident. I think there are few teams in this league that will fight as hard as our lads when they want to, and i love them for it 🙂

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #29

    JerseyGeordie watched the everton man utd game live with my brother,man ure took there foot off the gas and paid for it,they thought the 3 points were in the bag.As to them having better players than us i would disagree with you there.Also this could turn into a right feisty match, as i think they are still pissed about gosling.Believe we should stick with last season policy of seting up for a draw away from home,and look for the 3 points at home.

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  • TOONTOONTOON

    Sep 13, 2010 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #30

    JerseyGeordie but i do agree with what ya said about the lads fighting spirit

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  • Brutooon

    Sep 14, 2010 at 12:57 AM

    Comment #31

    we will never beat villa 6-0 if carew score the penalty at st james park.

    football sometime depend on luck, but i believe we create our own luck. If Carroll, Nolan, Barton and Lovenkrands did better with their chance, we will win the game.

    Lets move on to the next game

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  • baro

    Sep 14, 2010 at 2:50 AM

    Comment #32

    When the hell will Steven Harper get dropped? Tim Krul has been better than him 4 ever, and is much younger. Give him a chance now or I promise some team will take that brilliant young Dutch out of our hands. He is the future, new Van Der Sar.

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  • G

    Sep 14, 2010 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #33

    Last season baro, I would have shot that comment down in flames, but what little of him I have seen this season has me in two minds. I can’t quite put my finger on the change, he just looks that little more composed these days. I just felt confident when he was in the nets agains the accies, where usually I have reservations about young keepers. I don’t personnaly feel there is anything wrong with SH, but I would be happy if TK could give him a run for his money, and I wouldnt have a problem if CH put him in the nets.

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