Harper issues call to Magpies
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates.
By Amanda Cornforth
Last Updated: 15/03/08 11:41am
Newcastle goalkeeper Steve Harper has issued a rallying cry to his team-mates ahead of their next two Premier League fixtures.
The 33-year-old, who celebrated his birthday on Friday, insists the Magpies must collect at least four points over the next week as they bid to halt their slide towards the drop zone.
Newcastle travel to relegation rivals Birmingham on Monday night before hosting struggling Fulham at St James' Park next weekend and Harper knows that losing is not an option.
"The next two games, at Birmingham and at home to Fulham, are the biggest the club has had in a long, long time," Harper told The Sun.
"We have got to get a minimum of four points from them. We cannot afford to lose either of them because they are two sides who are below us."
Reports on Friday suggested that manager Kevin Keegan could be facing the axe if he failed to win either of their next two fixtures.
Newcastle have not won in 13 games and the pressure is mounting on Keegan, who has failed to guide the side to a win in the eight games since he returned as manager.
But chairman Chris Mort issued his second vote of confidence in the boss, as he told The Guardian: "These stories are absolute rubbish."