Karl Darlow has played very well for Newcastle since he replaced Matz Sels after the game at Villa Park and it’s difficult to see at the moment how either Rob Elliot or Matz Sels can force themselves into the first team with Karl is such good form.
Karl has talked today about how 22 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic has done so well in the last two games, both against Preston, by scoring two goals in each game.
The Serbian is of course already a firm fan favorite on Tyneside and Karl says he also gees up the players with his enthusiasm, which is infectious.
Karl Darlow and Aleksandar Mitrovic
This is what Karl has said today about the 24 times capped Serbian International striker:
“He definitely does gee us all up.” “He’s come into the team against Preston in the cup and scored two there, then another two against the same team at Deepdale to win us the game.”
“Obviously we’ve missed Dwight Gayle, who’s been in terrific form as well, but it’s nice to have two strikers scoring goals.”
“Then, at the back, we’re complementing them really well by keeping clean sheets and putting in solid performances.”
“We knew Preston were going to throw everything at us after Tuesday when we beat them 6-0 at home.”
“We knew it was going to be a different game heading to Deepdale because teams at the top of the league have been beaten there already.”
“It was obvious we were going to have to concentrate throughout and then we got a little bit of luck at the end which saw us get over that finish line.”
Karl was instrumental in getting us the difficult 2-1 win at Deepdale on Saturday and he finished second in our Man of the Match poll for the game – only to Mitro.
The former Nottingham Forest player made three excellent saves against Preston and dealt very well with some dangerous crosses into the box and certainly manager Rafa Benitez seemed impressed with his performance.
It’s going to be interesting on Saturday against Cardiff City to see whether Rafa starts Mitro or Dwight Gayle up front.