Karl Darlow was easily Newcastle’s best player in the shock 1-0 defeat at home to Sheffield Wednesday on Boxing Day which spoiled the festive mood of Newcastle fans as we were also knocked off top place in the league by Brighton and every other club in the top seven won their games last time out.
That was not the best way to belatedly celebrate Christmas at St. James’ Park and it was also our sixth defeat in the league and the fourth at home so our home record has to improve in the second half of the season.
Karl Darlow in training
One of the clubs that beat us visit Newcastle tomorrow night – and it’s goalkeeper Karl Darlow’s old club Nottingham Forest.
In the game at the City Ground we saw an extremely poor performance from the referee who sent off two of our players Jonjo Shelvey and Paul Dummett in the first half and awarded two penalties, both of which Karl brilliantly saved.
But we lost the game 2-1 although the FA rescinded both red cards after the game.
But the damage was already done and we had lost 3 points, essentially because the referee on the night was incompetent and the game was simply too much for him.
Karl Darlow said the players are not looking at tomorrow night’s game as a revenge mission, but simply want to get back to their winning ways – which is exactly what’s needed.
This is what he has said on nufcTV:
“Not really revenge, it’s just a game we need to look at winning.” “Not really revenge, it’s just a game we need to look at winning.”
“We need to win to ensure we get back on top and stay on top. Karl Darlow “We need to win to ensure we get back on top and stay on top.”
“It’s just another game where we need to get the three points and go on another winning run.”
“I’m looking forward to it.” “It’s going to be another tough Championship game, and it’s just around the corner for us.”
“That’s good because we need to bounce back from this loss and put in a performance and get another good run of victories.”
It’s interesting that next up after Nottingham Forest on Monday night are Blackburn Rovers away and they also beat us 1-0 at St. James’ Park back on November 26th.
We need to win that game too.