Two Newcastle players gave outstanding performances for Newcastle in our fabulous 1-0 home win against Crystal Palace yesterday and that win should give our lads confidence as they visit Aston Villa next Saturday to try to collect another 3 points.
Karl Darlow was the hero yesterday with a terrific penalty save from former Newcastle midfielder Yohan Cabaye and he hurled himself to his left to block the ball and it was quickly cleared for a corner.
But Karl had also kept Newcastle in the game in the first half with at least three fine saves as Palace pushed for the first goal.
Karl has 42% of the vote and had his best game for Newcastle yesterday, although since he came in for the injured Rob Elliot he has played very well for us and stamped himself as a top goalkeeper in the making.
Karl Darlow congratulated by Aleksandar Mitrovic after the game
Newcastle’s second half performance was much improved and after 59 minutes another fabulous goal from Andros Townsend from a free kick was enough to give us what was a vital 3 points that saw Newcastle gain 2 points on Sunderland and 3 points on Norwich.
And Andros is again being mentioned for a possible place in the England squad for the Euro 2016 Championships in the summer in France.
Rafa Benitez congratulates Andros Townsend yesterday
Townsend has been an excellent buy for us from Tottenham in January for around £11M and it looks cheap at the price given his four goals and two assists in just 11 games.
Now we need to get another win against at Villa Park next Saturday if we are to avoid the drop on May 15th.
Other players who put in excellent performances yesterday for Newcastle included Jamaal Lascelles who continues to look impressive at the back for the Magpies and also local lad Jack Colback, who played his heart out for his home town club.