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 – 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!