25 year-old Karl Darlow made his 3rd appearance for the Newcastle first team on Saturday and his second in the Premier League – and Karl did well in what must have been a difficult game for him.
He handled himself extremely well and will be pleased to get what was a good game under his belt – and he’s now set to be in goal for Newcastle in our final seven vital league games of the season.
Karl Darlow – beaten by late Olsson goal
This is what Karl has said about the remainder of the season:
“I’ve got seven games now to show what I can do and put in some good performances.” “I know I can prepare properly now for the rest of the season in the knowledge that I’ll be playing.”
“It’s nice to be in that position, although it’s obviously terrible circumstances with Rob getting injured, having done so well all season.” “Anyone taking over from him, it was going to be tough, but I’m going to have to do well.”
“I was a little bit nervous before, but as soon as I got out there I was fine. I made a couple of saves and felt OK.” “I was beaten by two very good goals. I haven’t seen them back, but then I didn’t really see the second one in the first place either.”
“The third one has ended up in the far corner right at the end.” “It’s cruel, but that’s football isn’t it? The final goal went through someone’s legs, and it was right inside the post.”
“I’ve got the character for this,” “People seem to forget that I’ve played a fair amount of Championship games.” “Since I’ve joined the club, it’s kind of been overlooked that I’ve played over 100 games.”
“It’s one of those situations where I know what to do, I just need to get into a run of games and hopefully prove myself.”
Darlow was signed from Nottingham Forest two years ago and then finished his time at Forest with a season long loan deal so this is his first season in the Newcastle first team squad.
He’s got ample experience in the Championship having played 111 times for the Nottingham Forest first team and then another 18 total appearances at Newport County (8) and Walsall (10) on loan from 2011-2013.
His debut for Nottingham Forest was against Crystal Palace, on the last day of the 2010–2011 season, as a substitute for Lee Camp when he was 20 years old.
So with 3 appearances for Newcastle he’s made 132 first team appearances so far in his career, with another seven games to go for Newcastle this season – all being well.
It’s a huge opportunity for the Northampton-born goalkeeper and he seems to know that.
If he can emulate Rob Elliot’s form this season he will have also been outstanding for us.