Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper, who had another good game for Newcastle yesterday, refuses to get carried away by the negativity surrounding the Newcastle side conceding two injury time equalizers in the last two games.
Steve Harper – pleased with 8 points from 4 games
Life’s really tough, and it seems that football can be that way too, because but for two injury time equalizers, Newcastle could have won all their four games in 2011 with 12 points, 8 goals scored and none conceded.
But you don’t always get what you deserve in life, or in football.
So Newcastle fans will just have to hope the luck balances itself out before the end of the season, because Newcastle have had no luck – with the emphasis on no, so far this year.
And veteran Steve Harper, who turns 36 in March, is fairly upbeat about the last four games:
“Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but in 2011, four games unbeaten, eight points – a lot of people would have settled for that.”
“It’s all right thinking what might have been, but you can do that and you can bash your head against the wall with football.”
“But eight points and unbeaten in 2011, hopefully we can continue that for a long time.”
Hindsight is what football analysts do in the studio, when they analyze what a player has done in a game, watch how it came out – and then use all their great experience – and tell them what they should have done.
And guess what? They are never wrong – by definition – and that doesn’t sound like too bad a living either.
Tottenham are a good side, and they showed it yesterday, because when they went behind, they went all out for the equalizer, and whatever happened in the game – you have to admit it was just a terrific second half to watch.
And it was good to hear Harry Redknapp compliment the Newcastle side, when he said following the game, that the Magpies are a dangerous side this season – that’s always good to hear – and it may even be true.
“We got the goal and probably tried too hard to get the second one.
“We went a bit gung-ho and got carried away by the crowd, going down the bank trying to get the second goal.
“We did create the chances to get a second goal, but when you lose your shape a little bit and get a little bit ragged and end up playing football with a team of Tottenham’s quality.”
“Unfortunately the sucker punch is always a possibility.”
We have to be satisfied with what we have, rather than being dissatisfied with what we haven’t got.
That’s what I keep telling my kids, and it may just be true in this case too. 😀
Howay The Lads!!