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Two Huge Characteristics Newcastle Didn’t Have Last Season

Karl Darlow was easily our Man of the Match and the hero of Friday night’s bizarre 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest, when we were down to 9 men by the break and the goalkeeper had saved two penalties within a time frame of about ten minutes in that first half.

Karl thinks the team has some good characters in the dressing room this season and compared to last season there is a steel and determination in the team during away games.

That has been instilled into the squad by Rafa Benitez all season long, as he tries to build a team that can win a trophy for Newcastle – just as soon as possible.

But first things first – our number one goal this season  is to get promoted back to the Premier League.


Karl Darlow – we have a steel and determination this season

Karl epitomizes the great spirit we have in the team and it was amply shown on Friday night.

Newcastle were down to 9 men but hung on gallantly until late in the game, before Forest got their second goal to win it, after we had been 1-0 up at half time.

This is what Karl has said to the local press as reported in the Chronicle:

“There’s a steel and determination about us away from home where we’ve been solid and worked hard when we’ve needed to.”

“We’ve got good victories away from home that we might not have done last season.”

“I know it’s a different league, but it’s still tough to hold on when they’re throwing in throw-ins and corners at you.”

“So to show the desire and determination with nine men going right to the death of the game is something positive to take from it.”

“But unfortunately we’ve lost.” “The dressing room is different to last season though, and there is character in there.”

“The result is the most important thing and we need to pick ourselves up and go again next Saturday.”

“It’s been a tough week. We’ve had three games in the space of six days, so it was always going to be a hard week.”

“We’re tired but we’ve got a free week now so we know we can really prepare towards getting a result next weekend now.”

Newcastle need to fully prepare for our game at home to Birmingham on Saturday and then we have Wigan on Wednesday night and Burton the following Saturday – both games are on the road.

We need three wins from these games.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 5, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    Comment #1

    mr tuff and jib
    Can’t you just set up an email address each and handbag it out in private instead of this endless stream of unfunny posts?

  • sing in the corner

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:01 AM

    Comment #2

    And in other news…
    Reports out that Cathro is gonna be announced Hearts boss in next 48 hours.
    Is it me or does he come across a little strange? Not exactly photogenic when he does appear..
    Anyway, if he goes best of luck to him, and hope he bucks the trend of other recent departing Mags and does well…

  • lochinvar

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    If Cathro joins the Jam Tarts then good luck to him and thanks for his positive contribution to the Rafalution.

    Importantly then who takes over his role here and will that add more steel or a different approach to the teams effectiveness.

  • firebug666

    Dec 5, 2016 at 8:21 AM

    Comment #4

    No doubt Rafa will be lining up a replacement for Cathro, he likes to be ahead of the game, analysing and perfecting everything he can.

  • Sav

    Dec 5, 2016 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #5

    Cathro provided that link of continuity to help Rafa’s team of coaches settle in and it must be a good opportunity for him to learn from the master. Good deal all round and wish him well in Edinburgh. Quite sure Rafa will have a replacement in mind though not necessarily the bloke who worked with him at Liverpool who has been touting himself.


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