Every goalkeeper makes mistakes – whoever they are – and we’ve seen some howlers made by some of the best goalkeepers in the world – it’s just something that happens and the best goalkeepers put it behind them and quickly too.
There were some good comments from Newcastle goalkeeping coach Simon Smith on how the goalkeepers need to handle mistakes and of course he was right.
And Rafa Benitez is always supportive of his players so it would be a big shock if Karl doesn’t stay in goal for Newcastle – at least in the near future.
Karl Darlow – will stay in goal for Newcastle
Of course he needs to get back to playing the good consistent play we have seen from him for the vast amount of this season and last – when he was in the first team.
Karl is improving as a goalkeeper and he could even have surprised Benitez at how well he has been playing.
Certainly his attitude and temperament are first class and it was good to see how the traveling fans tried to lift him after his terrible error on Tuesday night.
If he is in goal at home against Aston Villa, then he will get good backing from the fans when he starts the game.
Obviously the fans want him to do well and will not put any extra pressure on the 26 year-old – who is a popular player at Newcastle.
Rob Elliot of course is pushing hard and will want to get his place back as soon as possible but Karl is the man in possession.
It’s up to him to put that mistake in the last game behind him and turn in another set of competent performances in the upcoming games.
Now is not the time to change the goalkeeper at Newcastle.
What do you think?