Harper - Rovers clash massive
Magpies keeper ready for crucial fixture
By James Pearson. Last Updated: February 25, 2008 5:10pm
Harper: Massive week
Newcastle United keeper Steve Harper believes the Magpies' upcoming clash with Blackburn is a 'massive' game.
The North East outfit suffered a heavy 5-1 defeat to Manchester United at the weekend and have gone six games without a win following Kevin Keegan's return.
While Harper believes Newcastle's recent games have been anything but easy, he has also acknowledged their displays in general simply have not been up to scratch.
Newcastle tackle high-flying Blackburn at St James' Park this weekend and Harper believes everyone must pull together in order to secure a much-needed win.
"It is massive. We have had a tough run of fixtures, but we haven't performed either," explained Harper.
"We have had good spells in patches, but in this league, you have to do it for 90 minutes and until we can do that, we are going to struggle.
"We have got a big week in front of us and in that time, we really need to stick together and build towards Saturday and try to get a positive result.
"We have got some big games coming up. We have got to put this one behind us. It is gone.
"It is a demoralising defeat, but come Monday morning, we are back on the training field and we build up for what is a massive game next week.
"You do need a bit of luck when you are on a run like this, but you need to help yourselves as well and we are not doing that at the minute."