It’s always difficult for a goalkeeper after he’s made a right howler in a game and unfortunately that’s what happened with Karl Darlow at Norwich when he mis-kicked what should have been an easy clearance and presented Cameron Jerome with a tap in goal – a real gift.
It was a bad mistake and it allowed Norwich to go ahead 2-1 after only 17 minutes, but we came storming back in the second half, captain Jamaal Lascelles equalized after 81 minutes and we went very close to getting the winner in the closing minutes of the game.
But it was not to be and it was 2 points lost.
Karl Darlow – has played well for us this season
Rafa Benitez is vastly experienced and he has confidence in his players and we’d be very surprised if Karl isn’t still in goal for us on Monday night, since he has played extremely well for us this season – as he did last season too in those final eight games where he made some great saves.
This is what Rafa has said about Karl in his press conference yesterday:
“I don’t criticize a player for one mistake in one game, especially when you are talking about a keeper who has 11 clean sheets in all competitions.”
“You have to analyse the consistency of the players and he’s been doing really well for us.
“Sometimes these things can happen. You just try to avoid those things in the future, but I am really pleased.”
That’s a good point about Karl’s 11 clean sheets and then one reporter said that he supposed that Karl would remain his number one.
Rafa responded with a smile that Karl was one of the best three goalkeepers at Newcastle and quite honestly it’s anybody’s guess who will be the Newcastle goalkeeper next season.
Former number one Rob Elliot is fully fit again and pushing for a start and maybe it will be Tim Krul.
Tim played in the Europa League for AZ Alkmaar on Thursday night at home when they were beaten 4-1 by Lyon.
That was Tim’s 3rd game for Alkmaar and he could play for the rest of the season – we hope that happens and that Tim can return to his previous form.
From Rafa’s recent comments about Tim, when he says his is following his progress at Alkmaar he certainly hasn’t given up on possibly Tim returning to be Newcastle’s top goalkeeper in the summer.