By Harry Sykes
Stuart Pearce has hailed Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow as an “outstanding” shot-stopper.
The 26-year-old saved two penalties on Friday night against his former club Nottingham Forest but nine-man Newcastle slid to a 2-1 defeat in a remarkable Championship clash.
Darlow continued the good impression he has made for Rafael Benitez’s side since supplanting Matz Sels as the number one earlier this season.
He kept out a Nicklas Bendtner penalty after the sending-off of Jonjo Shelvey and then saved a second spot-kick from Henri Lansbury when Paul Dummett became the second Newcastle to be given his marching orders.
Darlow was analysed at the match by Forest all-time great Pearce, who managed the City Ground academy product during his second spell in charge at the club from 2014-15.
Pearce is a big admirer of the young goalkeeper but explained what he felt was missing in his game when he worked with him on a daily basis.
“An outstanding shot-stopper,” Pearce told Sky Sports 1’s live coverage of the match on Friday night. “The question mark I would have over him is when he gets bodies around him in the penalty box.
“But he’s a young goalkeeper with his best years ahead of him.
Darlow joined Newcastle in the summer of 2014 after making 111 appearances for Forest following his graduation from their youth ranks.
He has thrived at St James’ Park this season, figuring in 12 encounters to firmly establish himself as the first choice in goal.
In other Newcastle news, fans reacted unhappily on Twitter to Benitez’s selection against Forest.