The World’s Best Goalkeepers Make Silly Errors – Here’s Some Advice

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow made a terrible error for Norwich City’s second goal last night at Carrow Road but even the greatest goalkeepers in the world make mistakes.

Our goalkeeping coach Simon Smith will know all about the pressures on goalkeepers after they do make mistakes – and he has tweeted today some good advice to Karl and to other goalkeepers.

As Rafa told both Jamaal Lascelles (who had made a mistake for Norwich’s first goal) and Karl Darlow at half time – forget the mistakes and only think of the next 45 minutes.

Both players did that and in fact Jamaal scored the equalizer after 81 minutes to get us a very decent point.

Karl Darlow mis-kicking the ball last night for Norwich’s second goal

Here’s the good advice tweeted by Simon Smith today.

Keep your chin up Karl – you are still an excellent goalkeeper for Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

18 comments so far

  • AncientC

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #1

    Shay Given did worse in his time… once placing the ball down with his hands for Dion Dublin to tap into the net.

  • Thump

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Shay Given – the only Irishman who doesn’t know where Dublin is.

    I’ll let myself out.

  • jimmysmith

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    Comment #3

    Wahey! Whitley Bay. The old birth place.

  • martoon

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:26 PM

    Comment #4

    Ancient – Aye the famous joke – the only Irishman who doesn’t know where Dublin is 🙂

  • sparky55

    Feb 15, 2017 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #5

    Darlow got that so wrong it was comical…should’ve headed the fcuking thing it was so high.

    It pretty much reflected our overall defending last night…we we’re pants defensively except for Clark.

    …and no way was Perez deserving of MOM.

    Stroke of genius putting on Diame to sit in front of the back four…he snuffed out every Norwich attack from that point on and we controlled the game til the end…and there was me shouting “WTF you doing Rafa…we’re 2-1 down and need to score…he should be playing No 10”

    Just goes to show what I know 🙂

  • Lindisfarne

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Am looking forward to seeing more of:
    _____Gayle – Perez – Ritchie
    ________Diame – Shelvey
    Dummett – Clarke – Lascelles – Yedlin

  • jane

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:16 PM

    Comment #7

    looks like Arsenal will have to win the FA cup again.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:41 PM

    Comment #8

    For some reason Darlow tried to make his clearance a bit more fancy than it needed to be. It was a dodgy height for him, but he shaped up to make it look good, rather than just getting a thigh or any other part of his body (except arms) onto it. Still, he hasn’t made any major errors this season prior to this, so I think we can excuse him this slip. I’d say there was more of a problem with communication between him and Lascelles than anything else. It was probably Lascelles to deal with more than Darlow’s.

    Didn’t see the game, only listened, so can’t really comment on MoM, but a bit surprised to see Lascelles right up there. If Colo had made those mistakes last year we would be seeing burning effigies of him on the blog….. Lascelles is still inconsistent, but he is also still young. He should be doing a better job dealing with a Championship striker like Jerome better than that if he is to be a mainstay next year.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #9

    I’d have Gayle central, and drop Perez for Goofy. Rafa likes his wide players to graft. The space Mitro creates for the no.10, and how he helps us pal higher up the pitch would give Gayle more space and more gaps to exploit.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 15, 2017 at 11:44 PM

    Comment #10

    play, not pal

  • Matzmag

    Feb 16, 2017 at 3:02 AM

    Comment #11

    I don’t agree with people who said Darlow just had a one game blip and should keep his place.Fair enough that goal might not be his fault entirely but Whenever I saw him play,he looks shaky and suspect, even under normal circumstances.Which is why the experienced Elliott should be recalled immediately.
    Regarding Lascelles,the less said the better.Should be dropped without excuse.
    I don’t know about the rest but I rate Mbemba highly.He and Clark should be the central defense partnership.If Rafa can’t see that of late,he’ll face more unpleasant surprise than he imagined.

  • Matzmag

    Feb 16, 2017 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #12

    Ha ha,I like Paul Merson,used to hate him.Most of his score predictions look funny but noticed usually came out as accurate.That will be something for the cheer.

  • Matzmag

    Feb 16, 2017 at 3:18 AM

    Comment #13

    Back to bed.Had an awful day..

  • cyprus

    Feb 16, 2017 at 5:19 AM

    Comment #14

    For most of the sentences and advice in this article, Mitro, replace Darlow with your name 😉

    Chin up

  • Mag52

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:09 AM

    Comment #15

    Regarding Darlow and Lascelles, they’ve both had pretty good seasons so far. However they are young and comparatively inexperienced.. In the run in we’re going to need some wise heads in the defence, so I would put in Hanley and Elliott to give us that.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:37 AM

    Comment #16

    I’m going to defend Darlow in this situation. He’s done well this season and he’s got a great future.
    When you look at it, that ball bounced incredibly high on its second bounce and Darlow ended up looking like some Kung fu master trying to adjust. Freak goal.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2017 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #17

    Hmm. Let’s see… we have the least goals conceded average in the league so it’s only right we should clear out the deadwood in defence and put in a guy who has hardly played all season as cb, and of course replace the ever-present nuisance flapper in goal with a keeper who has only just started lacing his boots up in nearly a year.

    Thankfully, we have Benitez as manager.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 16, 2017 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #18

    You learn your most enduring lessons from the mistakes you make. It’s not repeating them that makes the experience cheap, no matter how much it cost at the time. Darlow is a good keeper, extremely agile and with good instinctive reactions. His distribution is improving and he looks to play from the back wherever humanly possible. This last feature has given us huge possession time and less defensive pressure than when Elliot and Krul were in goal. Both good keepers but their distribution by long ball always resulted in a 70/30 against us keeping possession and in my view this alone would make our goals against higher in a campaign.


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