By Harvey Byrne
Karl Darlow started in goal for Newcastle against Norwich on Wednesday in the club’s 4-3 win – and fans took to Twitter to point out his poor display in goal.
Rafa Benitez gave the former Nottingham Forest shot stopper a start after Matz Sels gave an unconvincing performance in the club’s 1-1 draw against Aston Villa at the weekend.
The Magpies battled back to a late victory after Norwich went 3-2 up before Yoan Gouffran bagged a late equaliser and Dwight Gayle completed his hat-trick in stoppage time in a sensational comeback.
Despite the win, Newcastle fans still took to social media to point out that Darlow wasn’t any better than Sels with some fans now wondering whether supporters would jump on the former’s back after his display.
Here are a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Sorry the people who was tweeting abuse to sels at the weekend but darlow has a match rating of 4.7. #NUFC
— Tom thorpe (@official_thorpe) September 28, 2016
Are fans going to start ridiculing Karl Darlow now? #NUFC
— Newcastle Toons (@NewcastleToons) September 28, 2016
— 9eordieHero (@9eordieHero) September 28, 2016
@Iwantcurlyhair2 people just don't know that Darlow needed time to adjust. Sels and Darlow same level. Elliot is far beyond them.
— jojo (@jgardella_) September 28, 2016
@rooney03 what was that you were saying about Darlow being a better keeper? Sels hasn't conceded 3 in one match!
— Dom Upton (@Dom_Upton99) September 28, 2016
— byron (@Byron_nffc) September 28, 2016
Will everyone be bitching about Darlow tonight? Fairs fair right? #nufc
— MissC (@TripleDuluxe) September 28, 2016
Sels, 24, completed a move to St James’ Park in the summer and had looked to be the club’s new number one after Tim Krul left to join Ajax on loan.
Despite looking unconvincing the Belgian goalkeeper had conceded just seven goals from his opening nine matches, keeping four clean sheets following his move.
Despite the three goals conceded, fans of the Magpies will have been overjoyed with the late victory after failing to win in their last two league matches.
They will see the clash against Rotherham as the perfect opportunity to start a run with the Yorkshire club bottom of the league.
In other Newcastle team news, Benitez predicts a great future for the club’s player who is currently under-fire.