Karl Darlow has now played 8 times for Newcastle this season and six times since Rob Elliot picked up his serious ACL injury in late March and Karl has played very well in those games.
He was our Man of the Match on Saturday with a superb performance which culminated in his terrific match-winning save from Yohan Cabaye’s penalty attempt after 70 minutes.
Karl also made three excellent saves in the first half to keep us in the game when Palace were the better side.
Karl Darlow’s brilliant penalty save
This is what Karl said after the game:
“That’s possibly the most important save I’ve ever made.”
“In football you have different moments in your career that you remember, and that will definitely be one of them if it keeps us in the division.”
“Time is always important for any manager. My feeling is that we are going in the right direction, we’re doing the right things.”
“I never had any doubt I could play at this level,” “It was one of those situations where I needed to get an opportunity and now I have to take it.
“You need a run of games, especially as a goalkeeper just to get your eye in. But I have trained hard all season.”
“Sometimes it pays off and days like this are special. It was one of those moments that could keep us in the division.”
With the great win on Saturday Newcastle now have a genuine chance of avoiding the drop and that’s even more true if we can beat Aston Villa on Saturday at Villa Park and make it 11 points from the last five games.
Karl Darlow gets some love from an appreciative manager
Then we play Tottenham at home on the very last day of the season on May 15th.
A win in that game would almost guarantee we are safe.
Here’s what the bottom of the table looks like after the weekend’s games.
We have a chance!