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Newcastle Very Well Equipped At Goalkeeper Position

Good news today as Steve Harper has made a full recovery from his head injury he sustained at WBA on Saturday.


Steve Harper – recovered from his head injury

Newcastle caretaker boss Chris Hughton talked about Steve today:

“Steve is fine. He was waiting for us at the airport on Saturday night and we will assess him this week.”

“We just hope the five lads who have gone away on international duty this week will come back in one piece.”

“Hopefully, we will have no problems for the Reading game.”

And Newcastle United goalkeeper coach Paul Barron has praised Tim Krul after his heroics at West Brom, where he made four top class saves while deputizing for Steve in the second half of that game.

Barron told the Evening Chronicle today:

“When you have to go on at half-time in the first game of the season, it’s not easy.” “I think he had a little bit of luck right at the end for the offside goal, but he deserved it.”

“I thought the very first save he made was an absolute cracker.” “There was another one where he was one-on-one, and a double save from a corner and a volley.”

“He came and caught some crosses, and I thought he did great.” “It was an all-round excellent performance.”

Yet Barron was more than a little concerned when Steve Harper took a boot in the head from his own team-mate Shola Ameobi.

Paul said:

“It’s always a worry when someone gets a kick on the head, but we’re sure he’s going to be OK.”

Fraser Forster, Newcastle’s other outstanding 21 year-old goalkeeper made a losing start to his loan deal at Bristol Rovers.

Rovers were beaten 2-1 by of all teams, Leyton Orient, who put four past Forster in pre-season, but Paul Barron feels it will all be a great experience for the young Hexham-born goalkeeper:

“Getting experience on loan at a Football League side is what it’s all about for Fraser or any other young keeper.”

“It will put him in great stead.”

We are well off for goalkeepers with 18 year old Swede Ole Soderberg also coming through the ranks.

If only we were as well equipped in other positions, because right now of course, we’re not.

Comments welcome.

30 comments so far

  • Isaac Hunt

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #1

    But bad news from the treatment room about Shola. He’s fit fot the next match.

  • komfort

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #2

    aye ed , but the transfer window hasn’t SLAMMED SHUT yet…

  • Macas35

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #3

    Krul made some really good saves but it has to be said his decision making was awful. Nice for him to get some experience but Harper needs to be No 1.

  • Doocey

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:34 PM

    Comment #4

    Well done Ed, you’re writing these articles like it was an assembly line.

    I just hope Barry Moat doesn’t pull out now.

  • Graeme

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #5

    Shola’s fit for nothing, sorry.

    As long as Carrol and Ranger have 3 legs between them, they will be a greater threat to the opposition than Bambi ever will.

  • Azza_Jones

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #6

    Krul was excellent second half he is the next Petr Cech I promise you guys. The two times I have seen him (against Palermo I think under Roeder) he has been awesome.

    I hope he loves the toon and is patient because I believe that the loyalty that Harps has shown us over the years makes he our No.1 for at least this season and probably the next!

    It is always thought of Newcastle as having excellent keepers but its the crap defences that keep making them work so hard!

    We need a new exp. CB and a RB to go with Enrique and S.Taylor who hopefully will grown into a cohesive unit some day!

  • chuck

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #7

    Yeah Krull did well, his height is an advantage in set pieces, he also showed he is a good reactive keeper , reminding me of Shay.
    But i see true to form the so called fans are focusing on a couple of negative decisions instead of a bit of praise for some nice saves.
    Like to see him get some starts,with which he can only improve, could be a big part of the clubs future, after all Harper is not exactly the future , nothing more than a decent goalie, whereas Krull could be very good.

  • NUFC-0809-Oh Dear

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    Arsenal are being reported to be wanting to shore up their interest in Tim Krul with a £3m bi for him!


  • Rodzilla

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    “Newcastle Very Well Equipped At Goalkeeper Position”

    …for the time being.

  • AussieToon

    Aug 11, 2009 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #10


    Notts County making a play for Sol Campbell….

    Why oh why did I deserve to follow this shite! A player that could have come in and made a remarkable difference for FREE and we are snoozing with that fat piece of shit dithering.

    If Ashley is at St.James Park on Saturday, I would hope that he gets what he deserves from the fans. That man has single handily tried and almost killed us. From the highs of Premier League football, we are in serious trouble if he remains in charge.

    Next Leeds? In our dreams!

  • Alanmc09

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Macas35-hahaha i could care if he was wearing a pink scarf,he made up for anything he did wrong with four magnificent saves!


    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #12

    We’re well suited to playing Blackpool because we’re on a bigger roller coaster than they have!

  • Macas35

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    chuck – I’m very pleased for Krul but it has to be remembered he is still a young lad, and I’d rather he gained his experience slowly than being thrust in at the deep end which could affect his confidence if any mistakes lead to us losing games. This blog is here for us to reflect on what happened in our matches, and while Krul made some excellent saves you cannot ignore the fact that twice he came out when he shouldn’t have and it nearly cost us two goals. Far better to integrate him slowly and further work on improving his game in training.

  • batty

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #14

    ashley has tryed to ware us down to the point we will be pleased if he is to get david oleary in or even jokiner

  • premier

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #15

    If any more defenders leave could a special case be made to play 2 keepers and 9 outfield!!

  • bobby the great

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #16

    big tim was quality and i think i would put him as n01 ! as for the rest of the squad i coulndt give a shit if the lot got sold today we had keegan who it took about about ten games to get them moving and then well shearer couldnt or didnt know how to get them pumped up i mean villa last game for safety you should have sweat blood man we went down without a fight so i cant be upset to see them leave !

  • chuck

    Aug 11, 2009 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #17

    C`mon Macas, credit where it`s due and what do we have to lose giving him starts.
    Face it Harperis not that great, we found that out following Shays move, thats why he only played when Shay was injured.
    I dont believe Harper would have saved the shots Krull did and face it he has shown great potential.
    Arsenal dont show interest in bad players, also he is not a kid and needs first team experience
    in order to develope.
    Give him a shot I say, could be a big part of our future.
    If he does`nt get to play he will go to some club that will give him that opportunity.

  • Jan Stavik

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #18

    Very well equipped? So what, when Harper have been getting lots of games the last year.

    Krul is a fine goalie, Harper is highly average. And if Harper plays, its a shame.

  • cromscott

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #19

    Harper is shite…..He stands there like a f********g statue while the ball flys past him……Krul is tthe future and theres not gonna be a better time to blood him…..I dont care if Harper has waited 10 years for his chance that just tells me hes got no ambition……Krul must be number 1…

  • Macas35

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #20

    If Krul does go to Arsenal it won’t be for a first team spot, it will be to fight it out with 3 other keepers to be the 2nd choice goalie. And I did give him credit, he made some great saves. But I’d rather paint the full picture than just pretend his all round game was perfect, because it wasn’t. I had a bad feeling about that free kick at the end because of the mistake he made earlier, and sure enough it nearly cost us. He has a bright future ahead of him but let’s not pretend he is the perfect goalie yet because he clearly isn’t. Harper may not be as good a shot stopper but his all round game is better and I’m sure whichever manager comes in will continue to play him.

  • DJG

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:19 PM

    Comment #21

    Macas35 // Aug 11, 2009 at 1:33 PM

    Krul made some really good saves but it has to be said his decision making was awful. Nice for him to get some experience but Harper needs to be No 1.

    I disagree Harper has proven throughout his career that he is a reserve goalkeeper (at this level) Krul looked very good and his decision making was purely the result of excitement. The fact is Krul is a better shot stopper AND he CONTROLS his area with certainty and authority. It will be unfair if he doesnt start the next game at least to see if he can maintain that level of form.

  • DJG

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:22 PM

    Comment #22


    ”Harper may not be as good a shot stopper but his all round game is better”

    The West Brom goal was the result of Harpers incompetance at controling his area and inability to either stay in the goalmouth OR punch properly.

  • DJG

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:32 PM

    Comment #23

    I like Harper as a person and I admire his loyalty (whilst at the same time questioning his ambition) but I think the best keeper at the club has to start in goal (regardless of age or ‘pecking order’) and at the moment I simply think that is Krul.

  • Macas35

    Aug 11, 2009 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #24

    DJG – Krul’s last save came from a very similar incident to the goal, where he got a hand to the ball but didn’t clear it fully. And how do you know his mistakes were just down to excitement?? I think the lad has a bright future but I think he would benefit from the odd game here and there as to being thrown in at the deep end.

  • DJG

    Aug 11, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #25

    If Chris Hughton plays Harper automatically instead of Krul on Sat he is a coward and no wonder we struggle because time and time again we go by a stupid pecking order and ignore form. Macas35 how many goals has Tim Krul conceded this season and how many Harper?

  • DJG

    Aug 11, 2009 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #26

    By the way do you think Harper would have made those 4 saves because I think he would have struggled to make 3 of them.

  • Shot Bru

    Aug 11, 2009 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #27

    Krul is our best keeper and should be in ahead of Harper. Considering he came on at half time and was instantly called into action making some fine savesand takes from crosses shows his professionalism and pedigree. Fair enough he made a couple of judgement errors, which could be attributed to defenders getting in his way while trying to punch clear, but those mistakes will remedy themselves in time by playing regularly and creating an understanding with the defence. People always highlight the negatives which is sad, what we need to do is encourage these youngsters to give them confidence which i think on the whole most fans will do.

  • Macas35

    Aug 11, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #28

    DJG – They have both conceded one, but luckily the one Krul conceded was offside. And personally speaking I think Harper would have saved all four of those. The first save was excellent but the 2nd one was straight at him, as was the last. At the end of the day the goalkeeper is an important position, and while you can get away with inexperience in other areas of the pitch, that’s one area where every mistake could be costly. Krul will develop into a cracking keeper, I’m just not sure that now is the time to make him our number 1. He has time on his side to improve so he is ready when he gets his chance.

  • Simon.jp

    Aug 11, 2009 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #29

    If, just if, the hierarchy sells Krul, I would (*@&(*$@)* and (*)(&@$)*@ the fat guys up there. Boy, have to get my self fit from now.

    Agree with some of you blokes. Get Sol and stick him in the middle of defense. Know he’s not the most consistence DF around, but would be a good mentor for the young two (ST and Kadar).
    FOr god’s sake he’s FREE!
    When’s the last time we had an experienced centre half anyway!?

  • bill

    Aug 11, 2009 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #30

    I’d say that we are worse off than we were last season, for the simple reason that Shay Given was with us then.
    We have one keeper with some experience and two others with very little, and a young lad who may become a good goalkeeper.

    I’m sorry, but I don’t see where you get your conclusions from.


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