Who has said ‘We want to get Newcastle United back up because we feel responsible for going down’?
Andros Townsend, Moussa Sissoko, Gini Wijnaldum and Daryl Janmaat are just some of the people who HAVEN’T uttered those words, though a number of current Newcastle players have spoken out in a similar way in recent weeks and months.
The latest is Karl Darlow, who says he was desperate to prove himself in the Premier League and now is even more committed in helping Newcastle to get back there.
The first league appearance for Newcastle saw a nervous display capped by a soft winner conceded against West Brom, then the keeper had to wait a long four months for his next chance.
Suddenly catapulted into the relegation battle thanks to Rob Elliot’s injury, Karl Darlow was thrown in the deep end and a tough couple of defeats at Norwich and Southampton.
From that point though Darlow and his teammates really got it together under Rafa Benitez, with the highlight for the former Forest keeper maybe the penalty save against Palace that looked as though it could play a key role in survival…but it wasn’t to be.
Very very unlucky to make way for Matz Sels at the start of this Championship season, since coming in for the home win against Norwich he has picked up last season’s end of term form immediately.
Including two League Cup games this season, this is Karl Darlow’s playing record for Newcastle since those opening three defeats he suffered last season:
Karl Darlow has won all nine matches he has played this time around, the last seven Championship matches and the League Cup wins over Cheltenham and Wolves.
“It is a massive step-up coming to the Premier League, I found that out the hard way in the West Brom game.
“I wanted to prove to myself and to everyone else that I am good enough to play in the Premier League.
“I knew I was going to have to be patient and wait for my chance in the Premier League.
“It was good for me to come in for those last eight games and really prove to myself I could play at that level – that is where I want to be playing.”
“It was a massive pressure situation given where we were and it was a relegation battle that we couldn’t, unfortunately, get out of.
“But since the manager (Rafa Benitez) came in we had a real good go at it and had we had the results from the back eight or nine games all season, we would have stayed up comfortably.
“It was a tough lesson to learn for the team and I think it inspired everyone even more now.
“We want to get this club back up because we feel responsible for going down.”