Karl Darlow had a great game for us last Saturday at home to Crystal Palace in what could turn out to be a crucial win for the side and he was our Man of the Match.
After making several very good saves in the first half, Karl then saved that penalty from Yohan Cabaye after 70 minutes and that helped us to a great 1-0 win – only the 8th win this season.
Karl Darlow in training this week
Karl had his name sang to the tune of Spandau Ballet’s ‘Gold’ last Saturday with the following words:
“Always believe in your goal, You’ve got the power to know, You’re indestructible, always believe in – Karl Darlow.”
The 25 year-old former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has been in very good form since coming into the side at Norwich, after Rob Elliot had been injured playing for Ireland.
This is what he has said in the local papers today about that song:
“It was a real positive for me, obviously, when you hear the fans sing your name. It feels like it has been a long time coming for me but I have worked hard throughout my career.”
“Hopefully this is just the beginning and I can kick on and really go and establish myself at Newcastle.”
“The manager has been brilliant since coming in. He is tactically very good, it is well known and he is an unbelievable manager.”
“There is a lot of respect from the players for what he has done in his past. Everyone is listening to his thoughts about what he wants us to do on the pitch.”
It´s interesting Karl is full of praise for Rafa Benitez, and we have heard that from many of the Newcastle players over the last few weeks.
Darlow started the season as the number two goalkeeper behind Tim Krul but he was injured when Tim got injured playing for the Netherlands.
Rob Elliot got the chance to come in and he played brilliantly for us before he himself was injured playing in an International for Ireland.
So Karl has shown himself to be a good professional and certainly his temperament and character are standing up to what is a tough test of the Northampton-born goalkeeper.
Now we need two good performances from Karl in the final two games of the season – at Aston Villa tomorrow and then at home to Tottenham in the final game of the season.
Two wins in those game could even see us safe this seaosn.