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MetiNews.Com - Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow emerged with credit from the 4-1 win defeat against Manchester United and has stepped up in the absence of injured No 1 Martin Dubravka
Breaking News ! It was a save that Karl Darlow will have visualised at some point. Just as strikers often picture scoring a goal in their head the night before a game, you can bet the Newcastle United goalkeeper had studied Bruno Fernandes' previous penalties for Manchester United - and imagined what it would feel like to keep him out. But the Magpies' supporters, who were listening to the game at home, will have feared the worst when the spot-kick specialist stepped up just before the hour mark on Saturday. Fernandes, after all, had a 100 per cent record from 12 yards as he put the ball down to take his 11th penalty for the visitors at St James' Park. Darlow, dancing on his line, probably expected Fernandes to use his trademark hop technique. However, Darlow was not put off when the Portugal international instead adopted a shorter run-up and the shot-stopper made a fine save down to his right to keep the score at 1-1 for a while longer. It said it all about Darlow's overall display that the Newcastle goalkeeper emerged with credit despite the black-and-whites' ultimately losing the game 4-1. Video Loading Video Unavailable Click to play Tap to play The video will start in8Cancel Play now It is rare you can say that about a 'keeper after they have conceded four goals but given the pressure Newcastle soak up, particularly against the top six, the Magpies are reliant on their shot-stopper - and Darlow has never been busier. In some ways, goalkeepers prefer it that way and Darlow has had to wait patiently for his chance; only Martin Dubravka's heel injury opened the door last summer. Last season, Dubravka, who was named the club's player of the year, made 140 saves - which was more than any other goalkeeper in the top-flight. So far, in 2020/2021, Darlow has already made 28 saves in just five games and no other shot-stopper has come close to that number in the Premier League this season. According to Wyscout, Darlow's expected conceded goals total, which is based on the number of chances the opposition create, is 13.78 but he has only conceded nine goals, which reflects some of the huge saves he has made.
. After the draw against Spurs last month, Jose Mourinho paid tribute to Darlow's 'phenomenal' performance while Fernandes was keen to stress the goalkeeper 'deserved credit' after he became the first Premier League shot-stopper to save a penalty from the Manchester United midfielder on Saturday night. Darlow has also won 91.7% of his aerial duels and the 'keeper's distribution has been decent: 71.2% of his long passes have found a team-mate and he has completed all of his 27 short passes. In short, Darlow has taken his chance in his first run in the side since Dubravka made his Newcastle debut in February, 2018 and, arguably, it has not come as a huge surprise to those who work with the goalkeeper on the training ground day in, day out. Even when he knows he is going to be on the bench on a match day, Darlow wants to save every shot he faces in the warm-up and return to the dressing room drenched in sweat. That is the kind of mentality and spirit that Steve Bruce has looked to tap into and it is not been a coincidence that those players at the heart of the club's Championship win in 2017 have been so important.
With so many players entering the final year (s) of their contracts when he took charge, Bruce could have ripped up the foundations and made radical changes but, tellingly, Darlow, Isaac Hayden, Matt Ritchie and Jonjo Shelvey have been among those British players who have been given new deals. Darlow is playing his part but the goalkeeper looked in agony after a heavy collision with Marcus Rashford on Saturday night and given how Dubravka's recovery has not gone the way the Magpies necessarily envisaged, another lay-off in that department would be a huge blow. Somehow, Darlow saw the game out but Bruce's initial thoughts after 4-1 defeat were that it was 'not looking great' after the 'keeper took a 'hell of a blow'. However, the Newcastle head coach hoped the knock was 'not too bad'. Newcastle supporters did not necessarily share some of Bruce's post-match thoughts - but they will certainly agree on that.
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