Newcastle Striker Pleased With Brilliant Performance

In the 1-0 win against derby County Karl Darlow made a couple of small errors in that game which is unusual these days for the 26 year-old, who is growing into an excellent goalkeeper for Newcastle this season and is always willing to learn.

But on Saturday he was really solid in goal, especially in the last 10 minutes or so as we held out again for another massive 1-0 win.

Daryl Murphy – in training

33 year-old Daryl Murphy came on in the second half for Aleksandar Mitrovic after Mitro had already picked up a yellow card and was in danger of maybe picking up a second yellow and reducing the team to 10 men.

And the Irishman’s cool head at the end of the game gave us an opportunity to see the game out as he shielded the ball well in those last few minutes of the game.

Daryl’s experience is important for the team and he seems to be a first class team player who will do whatever he’s asked to do by manager Rafa Benitez.

Daryl thought the defense was excellent on Saturday at Wolves and so did we.

This is what Daryl said as reported in the Chronicle today:

“The lads at the back and Karl Darlow were absolutely brilliant.”

“It’s great too, because I don’t think we ever looked like conceding in the game, we were that solid.”

“That confidence then runs through the team. It will be a tough game – they all are – but we are looking forward to Norwich”

There are about 50% of fans think we can win this game at Norwich tomorrow night, which is quite low for this season’s polls.

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10 comments so far

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #1

    After 30 games
    Five points better off and a 7 goal bigger GD than under Hoots 2009/10

  • Jib

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #2

    This new kid is taking to the Toon like a duck to water.

    Rafa signed him from under Barcelona’s nose !!!

  • SA Toon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #3

    There’s no doubt the boys are doing well, but Huddersfield are a bit of a worry at the minute. Interesting how similar the table is from a relative point of view. In my view, the next few games will be season defining for everyone at the top of the table, and by early March we should get a good sense of who is challenging and who is falling off the pace. If we can win tomorrow that would give us a big boost, and hopefully the Huddersfield v Reading game will get us the right result. To be honest, I just want this season to be over and NUFC to be 1or 2.

  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Feb 13, 2017 at 7:23 PM

    Comment #4

    It’ll be interesting to see who starts up front tomorrow. Is Gayle fit enough to come right back in and play 45-60 minutes? Was Mitro’s goal enough to see him get a start? Or did Rafa see something in Mitro’s play that might make him go for Murphy up front to start with? Looking forward to the team sheet being announced.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Got a link to his goal Jib? Hearing this kids a cracker of a player

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 13, 2017 at 9:25 PM

    Comment #7

    I think you have to recognise the performance of the opposition when you judge our form.

    We are top, but we are top playing against sides who are functioning on increased adrenaline. They are well up for it, and we are still winning.

    I agree we need an injection of quality, should we go up. 4-6 starters are probably needed, and I expect Rafa will be given the money to get them, or he’s likely to walk. But I also think next season will be an entirely different proposition, and one in which this squad, without addition, under Rafa, would stay up reasonably comfortably.

    The truth is the bottom third of the epl are no great shakes, and once back, we will no longer be the great scalp that other sides will be raising their game for.

  • martoon

    Feb 13, 2017 at 9:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Hi Jib, back from your jollies I see 🙂

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 13, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #9

    More like early release.
    Prisons are overcrowded.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 13, 2017 at 9:50 PM

    Comment #10

    Inclined to think that Mitro will start on Tuesday, partly because he’s up for it now because he scored on Saturday and partly because he’ll preoccupy along with Diame the Norwich midfield and defence. Just remains to be seen if he really can rein his neck in and play positively and physically without risking cards that result in needing to sub him early again. That way Gayle could come on when Norwich are tired and stretched which protects Gayle by giving him a little more space to operate and score in.

    Rafa bingo – yep that’s going to be a hard one this week.


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