It will be a challenge for Newcastle manager Alan Pardew to get third choice Newcastle goalkeeper Jak Alnwick mentally ready for the game against Sunderland on Sunday, after the 21 year-old made a couple of critical errors in the game at Tottenham on Thursday night.
Jak Alnwick – challenge for the goalkeeper on Sunday
This is what Alan Pardew has said about the situation with Jak in today’s press conference:
“The game is going to be pressurised for Jak because of the error that got punished, and I’ve seen many better goalies than Jak make a similar error and not get punished because there’s a defender there.”
“Unfortunately for him it ended up in the back of the net, so there’s pressure on him for that mistake, and the fact that he’s third choice here. I think he will deal with it – I think he’s a strong enough character to do that.”
“I think it’s important to talk to players, particularly young players, and I would have been speaking to Jak whether he had made the mistake or not,” he said. “So for sure, yes, I’ll be talking to him.”
It was very difficult for Jak on Wednesday night, and he looked devastated after the game, and the truth is he’s been thrown in at the deep end – to use Rob Lee’s words in the Chronicle today.
But Jak is also a much better goalkeeper than he showed last time out – and he was very unlucky – and it’s right what Alan Pardew says – better goalkeepers have made similar mistakes.
Jak needs to know the faithful Newcastle fans will be right behind him on Sunday afternoon from the first whistle – and they will give Jak their full backing to get through the game.
Here’s Jak’s Twitter account – if you want to send him a note of support and tell him to forget about Wednesday night – it’s really not his fault.
And Jak can be the hero on Sunday, just as he was in the second half against Chelsea.
Howay The Lads!!
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