It´s not often that Paul Merson has any praise for Newcastle United and he is usually criticizing the Newcastle fans.
But after yesterday´s classic encounter against Crystal Palace and all 3 points – Paul praised Newcastle.
Paul had praise for our best two players yesterday – Karl Darlow and Andros Townsend – who is turning out to be a tremendous acquisition for us from Tottenham.
This lad was born to play at Newcastle and he scored another sensational goal for us yesterday direct from a free kick after 59 minutes to put us in the lead.
It could be the goal of the season for us.
Paul Merson – praise for Karl Darlow and Andros Townsend
And Karl Darlow is quickly becoming a hero on Tyneside and he made just an unbelievable save after the Townsend goal when he saved a Yohan Cabaye penalty.
St. James’Park had gone deadly silent after Moussa had given away the penalty from a corner but the crowd erupted when Darlow moved quickly to his left to block the shot and the ball was cleared for a corner.
This is what Paul Merson said on Soccer Saturday about Darlow:
“He was outstanding,” “He didn’t do anything wrong. I remember the game at West Brom where he was probably at fault for the goal, but he paid Newcastle back today.”
“I am well pleased for him, you make one mistake as a goalkeeper and you’ve had it, but today he had a great game.”
“The one thing I do like about Andros Townsend, he always gets on the ball.”
“Some of his passing in the first half wasn’t great, he was giving the ball away cheaply, but he always gets on it.”
“That’s what you need at Newcastle, you need big players.”
It was a very tough game for us yesterday and credit to Palace for playing so well – especially in that first half when they were the better side and but for three excellent saves from Darlow we could have been in some trouble.
But our lads held together to get the win – our 8th of the seaosn – which could yet save us from the drop with just two games to play.