Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce puts up his thumb

Paul Robinson says that Newcastle United manager Steve Bruce made the “perfect” decision to give Karl Darlow a rare runout in the FA Cup win over Rochdale.

The former Tottenham and England goalkeeper, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, says that Tuesday’s replay was the ideal opportunity to rest Martin Dubravka after his exploits this season.

Darlow, 29, made just his second appearance of the campaign against the League One side, having spent nearly all of the Premier League season on the bench.

With Dubravka clearly Bruce’s number one choice between the sticks, Robinson was left applauding the Newcastle manager’s decision to give his understudy a rare runout.

“I think it was just to give him a go. I don’t think Karl Darlow’s got any chance of playing while Dubravka’s there,” Robinson told Football Insider.

“In a cup match which you expect Newcastle to win, expect him not to be very busy against Rochdale, I think it was a no brainer to one, give Dubravka a rest and two, the perfect chance to give Darlow some game time.” 

Subscribe to Football Insider TV now

Darlow used to be Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper before Dubravka’s arrival at St James’ Park, the former Nottingham Forest keeper with 61 appearances under his belt for the Magpies.

Bruce also has Rob Elliot on the books on Tyneside, while promising keeper Freddie Woodman is out on loan at Swansea City for the season.

In other Newcastle United news, Paul Robinson suggests that the dressing room is buzzing after a recent development.