During his press conference for Newport County, Steve Bruce was specifically asked about goalkeeper Mark Gillespie. The 28-year-old is in line to make his third start for his hometown club already tomorrow.
Gillespie didn’t have much to do at Morecambe last Wednesday. However, he put in a Man of the Match performance for his Newcastle debut against Blackburn in the second round of the Carabao Cup.
Bruce said the following about his new goalkeeper when asked how he was getting on at Newcastle:
“Very quietly he’s got on with it. He’s kept two clean sheets. It was a big night for him against Blackburn. The club he played for as a boy released him. He went away to learn his trade and came back.
“An opportunity has arisen very quickly for him. He’s kept back to back clean sheets. Done nothing wrong. I hope that continues for him. I’m delighted for him.
“Out of the five signings we’ve signed he’s the one that’s sort of slipped under the radar for obvious reasons. He’s performed very well. Let’s hope that continues.”
Gillespie has had an excellent start to his Newcastle career. He, of course, was Bruce’s first signing of the summer joining as a free agent after leaving Motherwell.
With Martin Dubravka getting injured before the season started, Karl Darlow has been handed Premier League duty while Mark has filled in for the cups. This has afforded the Geordie an early chance to get some appearances under his belt.
Both Darlow and Gillespie have been outstanding while Dubravka recovers from his ankle injury. With just two matches left before the international break, each goalkeeper should have at least one more chance to impress.
First up will be Gillespie as Newcastle try to get to another cup quarterfinal tomorrow. Then Darlow should get the nod once again against Burnley on Saturday.
Our next fixture will not be until Manchester United come to town on October 17th. Martin Dubravka should at least be close to a return to training by then.