Steve Harper now has around 11 weeks in recovery time still to go, following the shoulder operation he had last week.
Steve Harper – after clash with Jermaine Beckford
The injury he picked up at Goodison Park was from an unnecessary challenge form Everton striker Jermaine Beckford.
And today Chris Hughton talked about his number one veteran goalkeeper:
‘Particularly with goalkeepers, I don’t think the age aspect comes into it. What you perhaps lose a little bit in age, you gain in experience, as Steve showed last season when he was outstanding.”
‘We would expect Steve to come back firing and looking into get straight back into that spot.'”
Of course young Dutchman Tim Krul now has a great chance to stake his claim to be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper, and we’re sure he will do very well, as he has done so far in deputising for Steve.
Krul tasted defeat on Sunday when Stoke became the second side in succession to win at James’ Park, and there were mistakes made in the second half by Newcastle defenders, but Tim played well.
It was a James Perch own goal that lost Newcastle the game against Stoke, but Chris Hughton does not make knee-jerk decisions, and he will calmly look at what the lads did wrong in the second half last Sunday, and try to fix the problems in training this week.
‘We know every game that we now enter is a tough game than can go any way, and if we are not at our best, where potentially we can win football matches, then we know there can always be an upset.”
Chris is right there, and we’ve realized it is not an easy matter to get a win in the Premier League, even when you are as dominant as Newcastle were in that first 45 minutes against Stoke.