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Newcastle Goalkeeper And Rafa’s Principles – We Know It’s A Squad Game

Karl Darlow has come back into the side over the last couple of games and has kept two clean sheets after we picked up a point at home to Brighton and all 3 points away at Stoke City in the 1-0 win.

Darlow made a bad mistake in the home game against Everton last month, and he was dropped, but he’s come back into the side after Rob Elliott has a thigh problem again.

Karl Darlow made maybe five or six top-class saves at Stoke including two magnificent reaction saves in the last 10 minutes when Stoke tried to salvage something from the game.

Karl Darlow – makes brilliant save at Stoke

Darlow has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette, and you can see some of Rafa’s principles as Karl talks about what Newcastle need to do to keep in the Premier League this season.

Darlow was asked if it was good to get a winning start to 2018:

“Of course, it’s been pleasing for me recently. I just want to help the team do well and to help us climb this league.”

“Time and time again the manager has said that it’s a squad game, and we know, as players, that we need to all be ready to come in and be ready to come in and help out when we can.”

“We’ve got to continue fighting for one another, which we do keep doing.”

“I was pleased to get some reaction saves, some instinctive ones – the ones we work on in training,” “They were good saves and I was pleased to help the team get three points.”

“It’s not great for a goalkeeper when conditions are like that here (rain downpour),” “It’s quite tough when it starts hammering it down.”

““It was a good defensive display again. We were solid throughout and that gave us a base from which we could attack.”

“Definitely, it’s the perfect way to start,” “It was a massive game given the positions of both teams in the table.”

“The fight we showed during the game, as well as the passion and desire throughout, really sums up what this group is about.”

“As long as we’re in the game, we’ll keep going, and we didn’t allow our focus to drop even though we missed chances. “We always want to make sure we’re in a position to win the game.”

“We fought until the end, dealt with all the high balls and crosses on what was a horrible day.” “It goes to show we’re ready for the fight, and we’re happy for the three points.”

“We need to keep gaining momentum and confidence,” “It’s a different style of play away from home to how we play at home, but as long as we keep picking up points, then it doesn’t matter whether we pick them up at home or away from home.”

“We’ll be happy as long as we can keep climbing the table and making sure we stay in the Premier League.”

“We want to do our best in every single match,” “The Premier League may be our priority because we desperately want to stay in this division, but a good run in the FA Cup’s good for confidence and good for the squad.”

“Hopefully, we can do well in that.”

With those comments from Karl, you can understand what Rafa drills into his players in every single training session.

With Rob, Elliot injured it could be that young Freddie Woodman, the England U21 goalkeeper, makes his competitive debut for Newcastle against Luton Town on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

Then we have a crucial game at home to Swansea on the following Saturday – and we have to find some way of winning that game.

If we can get 3 points, we will have won three of our last five league games.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Jan 4, 2018 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #1
  • ashleysmate

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #2

    Apologies if this has already been raised but, I was wondering if any announcement will be kept to coincide with, or soon after the documentary about S.A which is to be shown next week on the beeb?
    Maybe for Max awareness of the young prince and his sweeping regime
    Just a thought

  • Shot Bru

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #3

    If the takeover has been signed off, surely none of our players can be sold until the new owners take charge.

  • jazzyp

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #4

    If the Takeover was signed off, Do ya think we would be messing around on bringing players in.
    Or even looking into the bargain basement again

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Longstaffs loan spell has been extended until end of season. A bit disappointed in that. Even though he’s done well he should have been loaned to a championship club the second half of the season. He’s got plenty of admirers and rightly so.

  • Spoof

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #6

    Shot Bru

    Big if !


    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #7

    That kid is a plum….looked a real talent at times,big threatening player and had the chance to break thru to the first team unlike the unlucky arma…and cocked it up royally….just a big heeded pillock who should’ve had a boot up his hoop from an early age to keep him grounded.

  • lesh

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #8

    What’s all this about selling Shelvey and Ritchie?

    Like it or not, they are two of our top players and provide realistic squad options for Rafa to pick from.

    Rafa’s only got a limited window when there’s no games and in which to bed in a few, if any, incomers. It’s not the time for sweeping changes – clear out the one’s that are never or rarely selected and replace them with players who’ll add value to the first team pool.

  • Mister Tuff

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib – with all due respect Rafa is not in charge of the finances pertaining to this window. The latest suggestion is that the bloke doesn’t even know how much cash he is getting.

    Rafa will have the say in who comes in – but only if he has the money/enough money – which is under the control of Mr Tubbs.

  • Slank

    Jan 4, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #10

    Shot Bru

    I would imagine that the sensible approach from both sides would be to agree on a strategy / course of action, irrespective of who the owner actually is at the time, to allow Benetez and Charnley to conduct the transfer business unhindered.


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