By Coral Barry

Paul Merson has heaped praise on Newcastle’s Karl Darlow after the goalkeeper’s penalty save against Crystal Palace.

The 25-year-old foiled Yohan Cabaye’s poor spot-kick with 15 minutes to go at St James’ Park and the Magpies leading 1-0.

Darlow’s remarkable save under pressure ensured Newcastle came away with three vital points and that they climbed out of the relegation zone for the first time since February.

Merson was full of admiration for the third-choice goalkeeper and suggested that the penalty save could be worth as much as £100million, because it could mean Newcastle remain a Premier League side.

“With 15 minutes to go Darlow [faces] a penalty against Cabaye. The penalty came otu of nothing but a bad, bad decision by [Moussa] Sissoko,” said Merson speaking to Sky Sports. “He steps up and he saves the penalty, which could be worth over a £100million, in my opinion, because that was a massive three points.

“Now they go to Aston Villa, who are the worst team in the league and if they win that, the dream is alive for them Geordie fans.”

Just a few weeks ago, Darlow would not have been expecting to feature at all for Newcastle before first choice goalkeeper Rob Elliot’s injury while on international duty in March ruled him out for six months.

Darlow has been between the sticks for the last six league games and has helped Newcastle claim crucial points against Liverpool and Manchester City, as well as the massive victory against Palace on Saturday.

In other Newcastle news, Alan Shearer gave his reaction to the huge result for the Magpies.