Former Arsenal striker and pundit Ian Wright has written in The Sun that his moment of the weekend was Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s fabulous save from a Yohan Cabaye penalty after 70 minutes – the first of 10 penalties Crystal Palace have missed all season.
You cannot make this stuff up.
That saved Newcastle 2 points and that could be vital at the end of the season a week on Sunday – although most pundits still believe Sunderland are the best placed team to avoid relegation to the Championship.
Karl Darlow – brilliant – simply brilliant
Here’s how Ian described why Karl Darlow’s save was his moment of the weekend:
“Loads of contenders this week… not least Kasper Schmeichel’s unbelievable stop at Old Trafford and Jermain Defoe’s last minute penalty for Sunderland.“
“And you cannot overestimate how vital Andros Townsend’s stunning free kick against Crystal Palace could prove come the end of the season.“
“But as brilliant as that was, I just edge towards Townsend’s Newcastle team-mate Karl Darlow for making sure Townsend’s goal was a winning one.“
“If Yohan Cabaye had scored his penalty, the Toon would still be in the bottom three and staring at relegation. As it is, Darlow’s superb save made it a day for celebrations.“
“A moment to remember for any keeper, let alone a third choice one, only in the side because of injuries, yet suddenly the name all Toon fans will remember if they do stay up.“
You cannot accuse Newcastle of not having three top goalkeepers at the club and we also have young Freddie Woodman who we are hoping will stay at the club and get a new deal when his current contract runs out at the end of June.
Rob Elliot and Karl Darlow have both performed very well indeed in Tim Krul’s absence since October – and our best player this season has been the amazing Rob Elliot.
Newcastle have to win the last two games and then maybe the dream of having Rafa Benitez continue as Newcastle manager will continue.
If Rafa does leave, that’s going to be a real killer blow.
Howay The Lads!!