Having Karl Darlow lining up for Newcastle doesn’t weaken United in any way, according to Iwan Roberts.
Roberts played for Norwich for seven years (1997 to 2004) and says after watching Darlow playing for Nottingham Forest regularly last season, he thinks he ‘is as good a keeper as Rob Elliot’.
Always hard to judge stats on goalkeepers because as we (and Rob Elliot) know, a lot depends on the players in front of you.
Last season Karl Darlow started 42 of Nottingham Forest’s 46 Championship matches and they ended the season n 14th place out of 24. However, only four other clubs conceded more than the 69 goals that Forest and Darlow saw fly into the net.
Of more pressing matters for Iwan Roberts is that he sees Saturday as the chance for Norwich to ‘condemn Newcastle’ and leave it a probable straight fight with Sunderland for the final relegation spot.
A positive for Newcastle is that it is exactly three months since the Canaries managed a home win and so despite their win at West Brom, the home crowd will no doubt be anxious as to whether they can manage a rare win at Carrow Road.
Iwan Roberts talking to the Eastern Daily Press:
‘It’s time for Norwich to sort out their home form and condemn Newcastle.
Elliot has deputised for Krul for most of the season but the nasty injury he received on Tuesday night means he’s out for the rest of the season which means third choice Karl Darlow will be between the posts for Newcastle in their remaining eight games.
To be fair I think Karl Darlow is as good a keeper as Rob Elliot. I saw quite a bit of him last season while he was on loan at Nottingham Forest and he impressed me.
It’s now time to start winning at home again having not won at Carrow Road since January 2 when they beat Southampton 1-0.
One thing is for sure, if Norwich can make it back-to-back wins for only the second time this season tomorrow afternoon all of us will be much more confident of staying in the Premier League.
It’s a massive game and really is what people call a six-pointer.
Newcastle have been horrible away from home – come to think of it they haven’t been much better at home recently hence them sitting in the bottom two.
They are the lowest scorers away from home in the Premier League scoring a paltry seven, yes SEVEN, goals in their 15 away games. Newcastle have lost six of their last eight games and will have been hugely relieved by the point they won against their fiercest rivals Sunderland a couple of weeks ago.’