Karl Darlow had a good game for Newcastle on Saturday and he came in second in our Man of the Match voting behind goalscorer Dwight Gayle.
Karl has the goalkeeper jersey at the moment, although both Matz Sels and Rob Elliot are pushing hard to get back into the first team. so Karl is well aware he has to be on his toes to keep his starting position.
He has been interviewed in the Chronicle today, after the Magpies got their 9th win in a row in all competitions by beating Leeds United 2-0 at Elland Road on Saturday.
Karl Darlow in training
And eight of those wins have been in the league to send us 5 points clear of Brighton at the top.
Karl was asked if Newcastle now expect to win every game they play:
“Yes and no. Obviously, we’ve got confidence in our ability, but it’s a just a case of not getting carried away and maintaining momentum.”
“We’ve got to concentrate and focus on every single game, which is what we do at the moment, which is brilliant.”
“I just enjoy football. It’s a short career and you need to make sure you enjoy it every time you go out on the pitch.”
“To represent this massive football club is incredible. I just want it to continue as long as possible.”
“I think we were allowed to play a lot of football, especially at the back.” “That helped us build into the game.”
“We played a lot of good stuff in the first 40 minutes, and then they had about seven corners in a row.” “We did really well to start off with. Dwight’s got a great goal, a poacher’s goal.”
“We just went on from there.”
“For the first goal I think Jack Colback mis-hit a ball and Dwight’s done very well to anticipate whatever’s come off their goalkeeper.”
“I was just delighted that we scored,” “We’ll take a goal however it comes.”
“It was unbelievable for us, as it put us 1-0 up away from home.”
“It really set us up to be strong throughout the game.”
Newcastle really are approaching each game one at a time under Rafa Benitez’ coaching and guidance and we are certainly starting to rack up the wins.
The big news is that no Newcastle manager has ever won 10 games in a row in our long history, so Rafa and the team have a chance at home to Blackburn Rovers on Saturday to achieve a record.
But it will not be easy – and even though Rovers are third bottom of the table, they will be able to give Newcastle a good game on Saturday afternoon.
Our lads have to concentrate fully and we need the 3 points to continue our surge that will hopefully help us get promoted this season.
That’s the number one goal.