There was only one Man of the Match for us on Friday night at Nottingham Forest and that was goalkeeper Karl Darlow who kept us in the game in the first half with two phenomenal saves from the two penalties referee Stephen Martin kindly awarded to the home side.
And after brilliantly saving the second penalty from Henri Lansbury, when he got down quickly to his right, he also saved the follow-up shot.
Karl is proving himself to be an excellent goalkeeper for Newcastle this season and he wasn’t too bad at the end of last season either, when he brilliantly saved that penalty from Yohan Cabaye in that important home game against Crystal Palace.
Karl Darlow – after saving one of the penalties last night
It seems his confidence is increasing as he racks up more games for Newcastle United.
Rob Elliot should be back playing shortly in the U-23 team for some match practice and we expect him to be on the bench soon as Newcastle’s number two goalkeeper in place of Matz Sels.
We got Darlow from Nottingham Forest two years ago and he is now making a name for himself on Tyneside.
Karl got a huge 70% of the vote and the next two in line are Isaac Hayden and Ciaran Clark – two new arrivals at the club in the summer and both playing extremely well for Newcastle this season.
But in this Man of the Match poll it’s hail to Karl.
In the late game in the Championship, Leeds United beat Aston Villa at home 2-0 with two second half goals and move up to 9th place on 29 points.
That’s the first defeat for Villa under Steve Bruce and they are in 13th place with 25 points.
In 8 games under Bruce, Aston Villa have four wins and three draws for 15 points – not a bad record at all.