Karl Darlow was easily our Man of the Match and the hero of Friday night’s bizarre 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, when we were down to 9 men by the break and the goalkeeper had saved two penalties within a time frame of about ten minutes in that first half.
Karl thinks the team has some good characters in the dressing room this season and compared to last season there is a steel and determination in the team during away games.
That has been instilled into the squad by Rafa Benitez all season long, as he tries to build a team that can win a trophy for Newcastle – just as soon as possible.
But first things first – our number one goal this season is to get promoted back to the Premier League.
Karl Darlow – we have a steel and determination this season
Karl epitomizes the great spirit we have in the team and it was amply shown on Friday night.
Newcastle were down to 9 men but hung on gallantly until late in the game, before Forest got their second goal to win it, after we had been 1-0 up at half time.
This is what Karl has said to the local press as reported in the Chronicle:
“There’s a steel and determination about us away from home where we’ve been solid and worked hard when we’ve needed to.”
“We’ve got good victories away from home that we might not have done last season.”
“I know it’s a different league, but it’s still tough to hold on when they’re throwing in throw-ins and corners at you.”
“So to show the desire and determination with nine men going right to the death of the game is something positive to take from it.”
“But unfortunately we’ve lost.” “The dressing room is different to last season though, and there is character in there.”
“The result is the most important thing and we need to pick ourselves up and go again next Saturday.”
“It’s been a tough week. We’ve had three games in the space of six days, so it was always going to be a hard week.”
“We’re tired but we’ve got a free week now so we know we can really prepare towards getting a result next weekend now.”
Newcastle need to fully prepare for our game at home to Birmingham on Saturday and then we have Wigan on Wednesday night and Burton the following Saturday – both games are on the road.
We need three wins from these games.