Harper happy to help United
Steve Harper insists Newcastle United are determined to halt Chelsea's title challenge.
By Ben Collins
Last Updated: 05/05/08 12:45pm
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper insists they are determined to halt Chelsea's title challenge even if it would virtually confirm rivals Manchester United as champions.
The Magpies host Chelsea on Monday knowing that if they prevent the Blues taking maximum points they would put United on the verge of retaining their league crown.
Newcastle held Chelsea to a 0-0 draw with five games remaining last April and it was a blow from which the Londoners never recovered.
Harper kept goal that day and he has vowed to frustrate Avram Grant's title-chasers once more.
"Chelsea have to come to win," he told the Sun. "After a crucial game in the Champions League it is yet another huge one for them.
"But this is our final home game of the season and we want to give our fans, who have supported us so well this season, a really good send-off.
"Everyone in Manchester will be willing us on. We are all fully aware of just what a massive game this is and its implications.
"Last season I remember Titus Bramble smashing into Michael Ballack after 25 minutes and I don't think he's been back too long since that tackle.
"We managed to keep a clean sheet that day and will be looking for more of the same, plus grabbing the win."
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