Newcastle have lost two games in a row – much like we started the season when we lost our first two league games to Fulham and Huddersfield.
This time we were beaten 1-0 by Blackburn Rovers and we played poorly and then we were really unlucky not to beat Hull City when we played a lot better on Tuesday night in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup, but it was not to be.
We now play Nottingham Forest and two of our players Karl Darlow and captain Jamaal Lascelles will return to their former club tomorrow night.
Karl Darlow in training
They were signed for a total of £7M in the summer of 2014 and then officially joined the first team squad last year after spending the 2014-2015 season on loan at Forest.
Karl Darlow will be back in goal for us tomorrow night and the 26 year-old has played very well for us so far this season.
He has been interviewed in the local papers today including the Northern Echo and this is what he had to say:
“It’s going to be an emotional night for me, and I can’t wait. It’s a big game for me, but at the end of the day it’s three points on offer.”
“And we need to make sure we go and put on another professional away performance to put last weekend’s defeat behind us.”
“We’ve been very good away from home this season, and hopefully we can come away from there with another good performance and bounce back from what happened against Blackburn.”
“I came through the youth system there and they did an awful lot for me as a player. I’m massively appreciative of what they did for me at the time.”
“It was massive for me to be able to get into the team there and be their number one for a number of seasons. They’re a fantastic club, and I can’t talk highly enough about them.”
“I was 15 when I joined there, so to battle my way through to become the number one there was a big thing for me.”
“I’m very grateful for what that club did for me, and it will be a good game on Friday.”
Good sentiments there from Karl Darlow.
Both Karl and Jamaal Lascelles have proved themselves to be great acquisitions for Newcastle and Jamaal is now the Newcastle captain having been appointed in the summer when he was just 22 by Rafa Benitez.
Both lads will play tomorrow night and it’s a case where the result is going to be more important than the performance.
We must get back to our winning ways tomorrow night.