Harper: It's crisis time

Stopper likens playing for Magpies as a 'rollercoaster'

Harper: Concerned

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Steve Harper admits that at present it is crisis time for Newcastle United, however he is sure that their current plight can be resolved with a victory against Sunderland on Saturday.

The goalkeeper's comments follow consecutive defeats, and he has likened playing for The Magpies as like being on a 'rollercoaster'.

After a promising start to the season, two poor performances saw them lose away to Reading and then at home to Portsmouth.

And Harper is aware that the side must secure three points during the Tyne-Wear derby.

"I've been at Newcastle a long time and know how it works," he told the Daily Mirror.

Rosy

"10 days ago we had statistically the best start in 11 years and everyone was thinking 'three points at Reading is two points a game - top-six form or top-four even'.

"Two very, very disappointing performances later and it's crisis time. That's Newcastle United.

"We have to put the last two games to bed. We have to put on a performance for us, the manager and the fans.

"It's a rollercoaster. This is the way it is here. It's either everything is rosy or it's crisis time. There's never any middle ground.

Unthinkable

"We're either qualifying for Europe or the manager is under pressure.

"Come Saturday if we've won everything will be rosy again. I can't even think about losing the game."

Furthermore, Harper has revealed that he has had talks with boss Sam Allardyce after being dropped for Shay Given.

"I thought my first six games went pretty well and when the manager put Shay back in I went to see him. We discussed it and I got my feelings across," he added.