Alan Pardew is doing his best – like any good manager – to give young Jak Alnwick the confidence will need as Newcastle’s goalkeeper for the next seven or eight important games.
Jak Alnwick – confident lad
That’s if Jak needs it, since he has lots of confidence in his own ability, but our defense didn’t help Jak on Saturday and he was exposed by some poor defending in front of him at the Emirates.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Jak tonight:
“His personality sort of works as a goalie. He is a calm and kind of laid-back. He isn’t unlike Steve Harper in terms of his manner really.”
“If I’m a defender I prefer that type of goalie than a jumpy around one, he’s been very, very confident.” “I felt a little bit for him on Saturday when he got exposed a bit too much.”
There was a good example of how calm Steve Harper was at Newcastle when we had that game at QPR a year last May in our second last game of the season, when Rob Elliot was sent off after 82 minutes.
Newcastle were hanging on 2-1 for what was a vital game for the club fighting relegation.
Alan was trying to organize things on the field, and Steve came up beside him on the sideline all set to go on, and Steve gave the manager a look – and Alan started to laugh.
It was almost like Steve’s look was “now look at the mess we’ve got ourselves into.” 😀
And Steve came on and he was great and calmed everybody down and we won the game 2-1.
Jak will do very well in the Newcastle goal if he shows the same calmness that Steve exhibited that day, and it looks like his manager thinks he can do just that.
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