Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team Spirit Keeps Us Going - Harper

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Team Spirit Keeps Us Going - Harper

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Byline: Luke Edwards

STEVE Harper has refused to reveal any details of the training-ground bust-up between Andy Carroll and Steven Taylor (far right) as he insisted team spirit was as strong as ever inside the camp.

Harper is far too sensible to say anything out of turn about things happening behind closed doors and would not give his thoughts on the incident - or even confirm it had happened.

Instead, United's number one tried hard to move the agenda back to Newcastle's promotion charge as he hailed the resilience of the players following the hard-fought 1-0 win at Doncaster Rovers.

Rather than do anything to damage dressing-room unity, Harper hinted the furore had only served to strengthen the players' resolve to secure a Premier League return.

He said: "We have a great team spirit here and we have shown that all season.

"To come to a place like Doncaster against an in-form team and come away with a win shows how resilient we are.

"The team spirit is fantastic. You do not come to places like this and grind out away wins without it. The lads showed that again against Doncaster.

"It was a very important win because, when we look back at the end of the season, I suspect we will look back at this as a big, big night.

"We knew it was going to be tough because Doncaster have been on a good run and are on the edge of the play-offs. The conditions were bad, but we dug it out.

"I think you have to credit the manager for picking that system because Doncaster do have a lot of quality and we combated it well.

"They had chances but we were resolute and got the goal we needed." That goal, as if scripted, came from Carroll - who capped a typically lively display by running on to Wayne Routledge's through ball to round the goalkeeper just before the hour mark. If there is any animosity towards the 21-year-then old it was not evident at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Carroll (pictured above left) was embraced by almost every member of the squad at the final whistle. …

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