Karl Darlow reveals how he thinks he fared on shock Newcastle recall

Karl Darlow in action against West Brom.
Karl Darlow in action against West Brom.

Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says he had to manage his way through the game against West Bromwich Albion after being handed a shock recall.

The Magpies battled back from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at the Hawthorns thanks to efforts from Ciaran Clark and a Jonny Evans own goal.

It was Darlow’s first Premier League appearance of the season with Rob Elliot preferred in goal so far but the 27-year-old insisted he was ready on his return to a ground where he made his United debut.

“The manager rotates quite often, so you have to be ready each week and I’m just pleased to be back and playing for Newcastle,” he said.

“I was happy. I knew I needed to manage myself through my first game back after not playing for a while, but I felt good.

“I felt like I did all right, so we’ll see what kind of team he picks on Saturday (at Chelsea).”

Newcastle had fallen behind after Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field put Albion in control, but Darlow praised the ‘courage’ that helped end a four-match losing run.

“It’s a big point and it keeps us going,” Darlow told nufc.co.uk. “At 2-0 down away from home, the lads showed fight and courage to come back and play such good football, get the point and we could have nicked it right at the end.

“Ciaran’s goal was massive. It changed the game – after conceding the second, we quietened the crowd straight away. It was an important goal and we went from strength to strength after that.

“It was disappointing to go in 1-0 down (at the break). When we’re level, I think we need to make sure we’re like that when we get to half time – we need to make sure we’re concentrated and we’re doing everything we can to keep the ball out the back of the net.

“But, credit to the lads – they battled back and we got the point.”