Toon cannot get complacent, warns Harper.

Posted on October 13th, 2009 | 115 Comments |

Harper warns against complacency
Harper warns against complacency
Sitting at the top of the Championship, it’s tempting to think Newcastle United have had it easy but the truth is we’ve had to work hard to get points in some games.

On paper we’ve arguably got the best team in the Championship, populated by ex-Premiership players with skill and experience. There have been moments when this has looked true – phases in games when we’ve looked a cut above other teams in our ability to pass and keep the ball. But at times we’ve also looked a little overwhelmed when teams have come at us hard and fast, like Blackpool did.

Steve Harper has been warning that we mustn’t underestimate our opposition:

We’ve had a good start to the season and with a quarter of the season gone we are happy with where we are.

But there is a long way to go. We haven’t achieved anything yet.

We can not afford to underestimate this division.

There are 23 other teams in there who could all stop us from getting promoted. There are a lot of games in this league, more games than we are used to playing with a smaller squad than we are used to having.

In this league, everybody is capable of beating everybody else. We’ve got to stay at a level where we are above that and that is going to take a lot of hard work.

When we lost to Blackpool, they deserved the win. They worked harder than us over the course of the 90 minutes and fair play to them.

That has been the only defeat so far, but we have to constantly remind ourselves that teams are going to make it extremely hard for us in every single match.

In our last two home games we’ve dropped four points and that is frustrating.

QPR and Bristol City have both come to St James’s Park and they have set themselves up to be difficult to break down and we are going to have to work out how to cope with that – because everyone will do it.

If we had won those two games we would have had a big lead at the top of the table, but we haven’t managed to do it so the rest of the league are on our shoulders.

If you look at it, West Brom, Middlesbrough and Cardiff have all lost a few games this season. We have to remember that could be us at some stage and it’s important we all stick together and get through it.

When I say stick together I mean the players, the staff and the fans.

We’ve got two away games in the space of four or five days against Forest and then Scunthorpe and when that happens, we’ve got to try and make sure we take four or six points from them.

That’s the big challenge in this division, the speed with which the games come round.”

Fair points. I think the worst is yet to come for us, later in the season when injuries start to take their toll (even more than now!) and the crowded fixture list isn’t letting up.

I do actually think that, if our prospects for promotion still look good in January, there will be some strengthening of the squad via the transfer market if necessary. I think that will be the case even if Ashley is still in charge because the financial benefits of promotion are just too good to risk.

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  1. Hoping for 3 points on Saturday against Forest. Tickets arrived yesterday apparently. Can’t wait as it’s one of the nearest games for me, except last time I went there and parked near the river, car windows were smashed and had stereo etc nicked, so hope no repeat on Saturday.

  2. Deb – last time I went to Forest to watch a Forest v Boro game there was a visitors car park near the Notts County ground. I was living in Loughborough at the time, so I took the train, no issues parking. The area surrounding the ground is well dodgy.

    In other Nottingham related news, I see County have sacked their manager. Is anyone surprised?

  3. batts – it’s shifts at the minute. Two on, two off. I think I might have to be be back on tomorrow. ;)

  4. yeah i thought so to batty its great to get an understanding off what happend behind the scenes of our greatest ever team – arguably

  5. beye i liked the part wen moncur wanted to go to norwich and joe kept upping his price as he didnt want to sell him and moncur found oot years lata lol

  6. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    “yeah i thought so to batty its great to get an understanding off what happend behind the scenes of our greatest ever team – arguably”

    The Edwardian team that won the league three times and the FA Cup was probably the greatest ever, 69.

    Does David Sullivan own Sven’s dirty books?

  7. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 4:31 pm

    69,

    Incidentally, did you know that Joe Harvey had to resign because the fans were screaming for him to be sacked?

  8. beye i liked the part wen moncur wanted to go to norwich and joe kept upping his price as he didnt want to sell him and moncur found oot years lata lol

    yeah lol

    i liked the bit when he went to sunderland about him having geordieland on his car or something lol

    The Edwardian team that won the league three times and the FA Cup was probably the greatest ever, 69.

    your probably right worky but still the 69 team were great none the less

    69,

    Incidentally, did you know that Joe Harvey had to resign because the fans were screaming for him to be sacked?

    why ??

  9. Incidentally, did you know that Joe Harvey had to resign because the fans were screaming for him to be sacked?

    why
    <<<<because he was 107 and could no longer trian the side

  10. batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    “worky y cannit blame that on me a was only a bairn”

    LOL. So was I batty, but I remember the radgy gets. They ended up getting Gordon Lee and losing Supermac. It’s always the same at this friggin’ club with the fans.

  11. <<<<because he was 107 and could no longer trian the side

    well moncur said he didnt do much of the coaching anyway

  12. batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    “why
    because he was 107 and could no longer trian the side”

    batty, he was in his late fifties. He was alot younger than Bobby Robson when the fans wanted him sacked too.

  13. worky aye a kna what y meen fans like stardust

    lol

    actually worky we arent that bad infact were probably normal or atleast would be in lots of other countries in some parts of the world if players arent playing well the fans will kick feck out of them

  14. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “does any one know anything about nzuzi i hear he is quite promising”

    I’m not an expert on Nzuzi, but he should be past the ‘promising’ stage now, as he must be about 30!

  15. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    “does any one know anything about nzuzi i hear he is quite promising”

    I’m not an expert on Nzuzi, but he should be past the ‘promising’ stage now, as he must be about 30!

    no worky he is a lad in our academy who is still in school and hes already playin for the u18s and im sure hes a had a game for the reserves
    36 batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 6:02 pm
    beye dusent he play for congo

    i doubt it though he could be congolese he doesnt yet play international yet

  16. batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    “worky iam sure he was a 1o7 lol”

    He’d be about 90 or 91 now, batty. Giovanni Trappatoni’s older than that, and he’s still managing!

  17. http://www.nufc.com/

    Youths held

    Newcastle U18s 0 Barnsley U18s 0

    Saturday saw the young Magpies extend their unbeaten run to four games, but were forced to settle for a home stalemate against their section’s bottom-placed side.

    Despite dominating play throughout the game, United were unable to find a way past Tykes ‘keeper Nathan Dean, who was equal to Greg McDermott’s effort from distance.

    Conor Newton meanwhile had an effort disallowed for offside after quarter of an hour, while striker Sammy Ameobi struck the woodwork twice just before the break.

    NUFC: Alnwick, Nzuzi, Fallon, McDermott, Grieve, J.Henderson, L.Henderson, Newton, Ameobi, Spear, D.Taylor (McGorrigan 76).
    Subs n/u: Johnson, Page, Hoganson.

  18. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    “i am sorry lads this is completelt off topic but has any one seen this video”

    69, did you see that thing about the gaybashers in Swansea?

    They attacked what they thought were two transvestites. They were two cage fighting champions on their way to a fancy dress party! LOL.

  19. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    “i am sorry lads this is completelt off topic but has any one seen this video”

    69, did you see that thing about the gaybashers in Swansea?

    They attacked what they thought were two transvestites. They were two cage fighting champions on their way to a fancy dress party! LOL

    yeah i think i did see that worky apparently the lad who knocked out charva was a double black belt in jiu jitsu and karate was an ex commando and used to be a body guard for famous people who had apparetnly rang the police over 50 times over the past year complaining about the charva who had threatened to steal his bike and rape his wife……its great when pr!cks like that get their comeuppance

    batty hopefully he will have sold us before nzuzi becomes anything of value

  20. Lads did anyone see the knob in the Sun that got floored after abuseing some guy at his front door telling him he was going to rip his head off lol. and sad news that The broon dog is moving from the N/E

  21. Big Dave says:
    October 13, 2009 at 6:56 pm

    “and sad news that The broon dog is moving from the N/E”

    It was supposed to have “protected geographical status” Dave, so it couldn’t be ‘Newcastle’ brown ale if they moved production elsewhere. Some corrupt euro-twatt has probably taken a backhander from Heineken and overruled it.

  22. Worky protected geographical status. I thought you were right about that I remember seeing it on the box onetime. but there is allways some loop hole in things

  23. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    “surely they cant do that and how is moving it to yorkshire going to help ??”

    Cutting costs by centralising production. S&N are owned by Heineken now, who have a vast worldwide network of breweries.

  24. surely they cant do that and how is moving it to yorkshire going to help ??”

    Cutting costs by centralising production. S&N are owned by Heineken now, who have a vast worldwide network of breweries

    pr!cks

  25. summerof69 says:
    October 13, 2009 at 7:22 pm

    “so i guess its new name will be yorkshire brown ale ??”

    That’s why they had to bung the EU to overturn it’s regional status, 69, so they could still call it ‘Newcastle’ Brown Ale.

  26. Worky I dont think the ( protected geographical status ) would be of any use in this case. I think it was more to protect small local producers of cheese’s etc. I think they would just drop the protection as I cant see some rival brewry popping up ;)

  27. Big Dave says:
    October 13, 2009 at 7:30 pm

    “Worky I dont think the ( protected geographical status ) would be of any use in this case.”

    That’s what’s protected it until now, Dave. I just had a quick read up on it, and apparently my guess was right. Heineken have somehow induced the EU lift it’s protection for Newcastle Brown Ale.

  28. Steven Taylor out for 4 weeks and Marlon Harewood goes back to Aston Villa with a broken foot.

  29. hitman says:
    October 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm
    the broon is massive in the US its on tap owa there
    Is it still big with you’s in the N/E

  30. Lol ;) I think that taylor and harewood is from newcastle online.
    Hitman does it taste better from the tap or bottle

  31. hitman says:
    October 13, 2009 at 9:13 pm

    “dave and thats only the women.lol”

    hitman, have you seen batty’s ex? I wouldn’t like to get in a ‘domestic’ with her!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6XPeFG5NTes

    Big Dave, there’s no difference to the taste between bottle and tap if the landlord is good with his pipes. Bottle is better IMO however because you can serve it a bit at a time and keep the head up, and you don’t have to worry about dodgy landlords who don’t look after their pumps properly either.

  32. Greetings Big Dave. Have you been kicked off the other site as well…. LOL

    To answer your question about the brown stuff. My father fills his glass(from the bottle) half full then keeps topping it up.

    Dont know if this is wisdom or from a drunken fool because he talks sh1t.

  33. How many bottles of the brown stuff would you need to jump into bed with that thing. You must have the heart of a lion.

  34. norn it was round the back off a nite club and only had a blowy had been on double black russians since 6 in the morning lol

  35. Fair play to you man. Was she still wearing her wrestling outfit?

    Dave
    Just noticed your picture, very nice man.

  36. Norn Iron what about you mate. it was batty that got me threw me off.com lol over the last couple of weeks it has been dead as hecter on there. I joined here not long after Worky and Star started it but have only really started coming on reg over the last week or 2 some good craic plus you dont get any WUM’S or pop ups on here

  37. Been here since the start mate aswell dont really comment much but always read up whats going on. Why did you get kicked?

  38. batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 10:06 pm

    “norn it was round the back off a nite club and only had a blowy had been on double black russians since 6 in the morning lol”

    batty! you wrote twice before, and you said that “she was good”.

    Norn Iron Mag says:
    October 13, 2009 at 10:03 pm

    “How many bottles of the brown stuff would you need to jump into bed with that thing.”

    If it was me, two shandies would do it!

  39. “How many bottles of the brown stuff would you need to jump into bed with that thing.”

    If it was me, two shandies would do it!
    <<<<<lol and she was good have you ever had a blowy off a woman with no teeth

  40. batty I was peed off when rodders got banned as I read all the stuff he said and I read the joke he came off with but to get banned for it, I thought was real harsh considering the amount of complete knobs were coming on at the time and from then it has been going down hill imo
    speech over ;)

  41. Batty thats sick man. She get them knocked out in the ring?
    I agree, when you read through all the comments you can see likeness.

    Dave….
    Ed being a bit harsh?

  42. Norn Iron Mag says:
    October 13, 2009 at 10:21 pm

    “Aye plenty of wums on here i reckon stardust has about 4 alias’”

    There haven’t been any real WUMs on here unless you count batty. I think the the ones you mean were just a brick short of a hod, NIM.

  43. dave he worky blocked my email once when i was posting under stardust and stuart79 but worky always susses me any way

  44. batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 10:25 pm

    “lol and she was good have you ever had a blowy off a woman with no teeth”

    I haven’t had that pleasure yet, batty. But I have been with a yoga expert who had complete fanny control. I’d recommend it.

  45. Batty the funny thing was I allways thought Stardust and Worky were very alike untill only recently I realized that they are very different

  46. aye dave i did for aboot a month or so ive fell oot with both of them in the past with worky it was tottaly my fault taking things too far and felt a right c@nt after but stardy is 1 big winde up but a good lad and i find him funny

  47. oh and workys not bad at winding people up copy a pasteing he pulles everybody aboot the smallest thing divent y worky nite agen

  48. Norn Iron nice talking to you again take it easy im going myself get something to eat,and it wont be Klondyke Kate lol

  49. To Batty re post 94
    batty says:
    October 13, 2009 at 10:39 pm

    “norn i asked her wot happend to her teeth but she couldnt answer as she had her mouth full”

    Poor girl is obviously suffering from TMS

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