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Darlow Explains Why He Moved To His Left For Penalty

12:10 am, Monday, May 2nd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 44 Comments

It’s no secret that the Newcastle hero on Saturday was Karl Darlow who was our Man of the Match with 41% of the vote beating out goalscorer Andros Townsend who got  34% and they were easily Newcastle best two players in the crucial win against 1-0 Crystal Palace on Saturday.

That takes Newcastle onto 33 points from 36 games and 8 points from the last four games.

In Rafa’s first four games in charge we got one point and in the next four games we have 8 points – that’s significant progress right there and the team looks a lot better than when Rafa arrived on March 11th – just over seven weeks ago.

We now have a chance of survival although it’s not entirely in our hands.

karl darlow palace penalty

Karl Darlow – at the final whistle on Saturday – success!

Karl Darlow guessed and moved immediately to his left when Yohan Cabaye hit the ball.

The Newcastle goalkeeper has explained why – but he had done his homework for sure:

“This is a big three points for us.”

“I just picked the way to go, dived hard and reacted to the ball,” he said, reflecting on a stop which could yet prove worth £100m to Newcastle.”

“It was possibly the most valuable save I’ve made. It was one of those special moments that could keep us up.”

“We do our research and look through everyone’s penalties before we play them and Cabaye had put his last four or five the other way. So it was just instinct.”

Karl has had a tough season in his first term at Newcastle, after he started out as number two to Tim Krul but was injured when Tim was injured and in came Rob Elliot to play out of his skin for the team – the Player of the Season.

But Darlow waited his time and when he has got his chance he could be one of those players that Rafa has said will come to the front and be a hero in the final run-in when it’s the least expected.

Karl did that on Saturday and now he needs to put in two more excellent performances against Aston Villa and Tottenham and maybe if that happens we will be safe this season.

That would be something!



Tags: Coaching · Karl Darlow · Management · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Press




44 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:19 AM

    The time difference is catching up on us again. I get jet lag just trying to keep up with ed! 😉

  • 2 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:25 AM

    I would be a bit concerned that after all this excitement, we have a hard job at villa. Looking at it coldly, we beat a woeful palace team with a peno save. If we had the same games left as sunderland (ie3) i would be more confident but they will get 3 at watford and only need 4 other points from two home games. Bastardos.

  • 3 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:26 AM

    We’ve been incredibly lucky with keepers this season. Usually losing your first two choices leaves you in a mess, but not Newcastle. All our lads have been incredible. Ironically, even if Karl got injured – god forbid – we’re blessed with a future England keeper in reserve, despite his tender years. Woody wouldn’t let anybody down if called upon.

  • 4 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:28 AM

    Munster, you are desperate need of a priest my friend. You need to exorcise this demon Hippo Heed from your life entirely. 😉

  • 5 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Bobby did we have that fast and fairly useless Nigerian striker here under hippo?

  • 6 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:37 AM

    Munster, a word about Watford. Watford’s owners are bizarrely considering sacked flores, despite him being served up almost an entirely new squad and managing to blend them into a term in a difficult first season. Most fans and punters agree he’s worked miracles. That said, his players are playing for him and his future. None of them want him to go. Sunlun might well be in for a nasty surprise. Don’t forget, if we win, draws aren’t enough for them.

  • 7 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:39 AM

    Munster, you know, i can’t remember either marra. I’ll guess yes. Do i win? 😉

  • 8 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    U may have seen my post yesterday bobby. If i remember right, v aston villa years ago, we kicked off by sending the striker ( the old guy with the iffy birth cert) haring for the far corner with one of our midfielders hammering it long… From kick off! I remember sitting there on a bar stool going what the f…???

  • 9 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 2, 2016 at 12:46 AM

    See Allardyce has been saying that we are getting the rub of the green and Sunderland are getting everything against them!!?

    Stoke and Arsenal totally dominated them but they got lucky points ! That was never a penalty for them either !

    I think Chelsea will beat them which means they will need to be wide open against Everton in their next game which they will probably lose as well which would mean if we beat Villa they will be down before we play Spurs….

  • 10 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // May 2, 2016 at 12:47 AM

    Also cant believe Watford are considering getting rid of Flores !! Hes probably a tier below Benitez quality but he has won trophies!

  • 11 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Martins did work with hippo heed, but only briefly. Then, The Heed was only here briefly himself! Past is past marra, let it go gently. This is RAFA’S Newcastle and he ain’t actually crapping himself over villa. He’ll treat them with cursory respect because he’s a pro, but he’ll be drumming it into their heads that everybody else has beaten villa, we’re next. Sissoko won’t be playing either. Just as we’re where we are for a reason, so are they. They’re losing. We ain’t. Believe.

  • 12 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:48 AM

    Good point re watford bobby. I live in hope. Flores is a good bloke. Mind u he was only marginally better than pardew was for paliss and pardew got them to a final so it shows how selective we can be. Now who was that nigerian striker we had? Cant recall aargh? Roeder signed him. Fast but crappish

  • 13 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:50 AM

    Suits us though Lee. The players are playing for him and they entertain sunlun. They ain’t on no imaginary beach! 😉

  • 14 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:52 AM

    Martins, as stated above lmao!

  • 15 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:54 AM

    Lee, makems cud have beaten the ars. Arsenal didnt totally dominate them at all. Yes bobby it was oba martins. I remember the kick off well. Utter long ball. Off to bed. An n and an e and a wubble yew c….

  • 16 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:55 AM

    Mick mahoney super goalie la la la la la la la

  • 17 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:56 AM

    Munster, i think flores had a much tougher job than pardew. They brought in over a dozen new players he hadn’t chosen, yet he blended them well. No top level players either. Tough job completed succesfully. Survive is always a promoted teams priority.

  • 18 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    What’s that? Going to bed with an e? Not planning on sleeping then?!!! 😉

  • 19 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 12:58 AM

    He’s good bobby, am just looking at league placings dispassionately. If we lost rafa i wud like him for nufc

  • 20 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 1:00 AM

    We’ve got terry terry terry terry hibbitt on the wing on the wing

  • 21 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    His name is mirandinha he’s not from Argentina he’s from brazil he’s f…..n brill

  • 22 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:02 AM

    We were deffo there together munster. 😉 The new one is ‘we’ve got andros andros townsend on the wing. Flaming hell, it’s paul cannell!! 😉

  • 23 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 1:03 AM

    Nite htl!

  • 24 jimmysmith // May 2, 2016 at 1:04 AM

    I don’t agree with the idea that a modern fullbacks job is first and foremost to defend. That’s the CB’s role A fullback should at least be equally capable defensively and getting forward. And the very best excel at getting forward, and are capable defensively.

    Benitez is an expert defensive coach, and if he can sought Mbemba and Lascelles out, why not the same with Janmaat, as Van Gaal did at the World Cup. It’s really just about where he positions himself defensively, if he has the stomach for the job.

    And it must be remembered he is good going forward, but he’s been doing it for an underperforming side. He has much more to offer.

    In Janmaat and Anita, Benitez has plenty to work with at right back.

  • 25 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:06 AM

    Munster, please, wipe these negative thoughts from your head. Rafa’s going nowhere, until he goes. We ain’t down until we’re down. Stop torturing yourself with a future that may not arrive. Now, forget that e, and have a nice camomile tea, relax, think nice thoughts and have a good nights sleep. No more nightmares. 😉

  • 26 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Newcastle United… We’ll never be defeated…( to the tune of the miners)

  • 27 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:09 AM

    Jimmy, i think the future is Mbabu myself. Rafa has already seen his quality and clearly rates him. As for villa, that’s tough. Do you change a winning formula? Maybe that’s why Rafa gets paid so much? 😉

  • 28 Munster Mag // May 2, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Bobby i said “if” we lost rafa… I think he might stay. I aint all negative bobby but most bookies wud agree with my logic. Nite fellow nufc fans

  • 29 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:13 AM

    Hard to put down innit munster? I need to catch up on the real news online so i too must go. More tomorrow munster? Remember, camomile tea. I’ve just discovered it. Really relaxing. No more nightmares of Hippo Heed, relegation, or villa. G’night.

  • 30 jimmysmith // May 2, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Yeah, i think Janmaat only gets back for either game if Anita isn’t fit. I’m thinking more next season. Mbabu is very much in the frame too going forward, but isn’t he more a CB or DM?

  • 31 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:17 AM

    Bookies? Schmookies? They’ve also brought us into 6/4 on from 17/1 on in a week. Many bookies have us and sunlun on the same price to go down and they were hot favourites to stay up. Times, they are a changing, to quote Dr MLK and Bob Dylan. 😉

  • 32 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:19 AM

    Jimmy, he’s primarily a right back who can slot into CB seamlessly. Not a bad weapon to possess.

  • 33 Bobbybee // May 2, 2016 at 1:23 AM

    Later bloogger dudes and dudesses. 😉

  • 34 FMTOON30 // May 2, 2016 at 2:43 AM

    For the first time in years, I will be keenly supporting Chelsea, Leicester and Man Utd this weekend! If we can beat Villa and Norwich and Scum lose, it puts us in prime position. But, we need Leicester to win the title, therefore deflating Spurs and hopefully will allow them to have their minds on the “pop”!
    On Janmaat, I would leave Anita at RB if fit, he is performing so very well and along with Townsend, play for each other on that side. Keep Janmaat on the bench as an option, as I am not sure he is committed to the cause. I expect the same lineup at Villa, and bring Mitro on after an hour. All about that conservative attacking play at the start of games.

  • 35 Toon Tang // May 2, 2016 at 3:21 AM

    …Because Cabs tugged on his earlobe twice, winked three times and spat into the north westerly breeze.

    A big thank you to all involved.

  • 36 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 7:58 AM

    Relegated at Villa a few years ago and failed to beat Spurs on the last day twenty years ago to have an outside chance of winning the league. A couple of wrongs to put right there.

  • 37 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    A point for Spurs tonight will do handing Leicester the title. Then a tight win for Spurs against Soton guaranteeing them second. Norwich and the mackems losing to Man U and Chelsea while we hump Villa, mackems only draw their game in hand leaving us just needing a point to stay up.

  • 38 Nufc-83 // May 2, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    Bobby Mbabu was a CB by trade but could obv play fb. I don’t think he’s the future as he will never have the attacking capability required for a modern day full back.

    I really wish dummet could learn how to create that yard of space for himself and whip in a dangerous delivery (aka g Neville) and also not to panick when in possession and find a pass as I he is quality defensively.

  • 39 Charlie in the Gallowgate // May 2, 2016 at 8:24 AM

    Jail
    Why not Norweich lose to Man Utd draw with Watford
    Mackems lose to Chelsea and Everton

    we beat Villa

    And we can party on 15th May

    IF ONLY!!!!!!!!!!!

    PS
    See Hippo Heed Sadardyce is having a big winge – Benitez riding his luck and mackems got on luck

    No wonder they are Called SMB’s

  • 40 Jail for Ashley // May 2, 2016 at 8:26 AM

    Aye Charlie I’d have some of that 😀

  • 41 Fostino // May 2, 2016 at 8:48 AM

    Villa need to ask themselves who would they rather not play next year in the championship…..Newcastle surely tops the list over Sunderland and Norwich. so give us a hand on sat villa : )

  • 42 EllaGuru // May 2, 2016 at 8:49 AM

    Reckon 4 more points will be enough to avoid the drop? I would have been certain it would had The Foe not earned a point for Sunderland with that last gasp penalty.

    What do others reckon?

  • 43 Jib // May 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    http://www.fichajes.net/noticias/newcastle-interesa-lucas-orban-20160501.html

    This article is really interesting not because of it’s main content (which is interesting enough ) but the implications behind it.

    Valencias Argentinian left back Lucas Orban was pursued by the Toon in the winter window – instead he went on loan to Levante.

    This loan has been a nightmare for him , he has only played twice.

    Newcastle have renewed their interest for an outright purchase in June .

    What is REALLY interesting – it has been Rafa talking to the Mestalla about buying him !

    Read into that what you will 😎

  • 44 hibbitt // May 2, 2016 at 8:52 AM

    that would do for me charlie




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