Karl Darlow has this message for Newcastle fans after Norwich defeat

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The stand-in Magpies goalkeeper says the reaction he received from the travelling support at Carrow Road made "a big different" to his pre-match nerves.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has told the club's official website that he is grateful for the warm reception he was given by the club's fans as he made only his second Premier League appearance against Norwich City on Saturday.

Darlow has stepped into the Magpies first team to cover for the injured Rob Elliot, who will miss the remainder of the season with a knee ligament injury.

The 25-year-old was impressive in only his third appearance for the club since joining from Nottingham Forest, making several fine saves before suffering heartbreak along with his teammates as Martin Olsson netted a stoppage-time winner.

Darlow admitted he was nervous before the match but thanked the travelling support for giving him a rousing reception which helped to settle him down prior to kick-off.

He told the club's official website: "I was nervous beforehand but once I got into the game I was ok. The fans were excellent. I've been inundated with Twitter messages of support, which has been really nice.

"I thank them for that, and the reception they gave me at Norwich, because that really made a big difference. Hopefully I can repay them with some good performances.

"I'm concentrating on getting these under my belt, really understanding the Premier League and hopefully saving this team from relegation. Now I've got my opportunity, I need to take it with both hands."

Despite Karlow's solid display, the last-gasp defeat was hugely damaging one for the Magpies, as it leaves Rafael Benitez's side six points adrift of the Canaries, albeit with a game in hand.

It was an eighth consecutive away defeat for the beleaguered North East side and a seventh defeat in the last nine league matches in total.

Newcastle must now pick themselves up from that body blow and prepare for the long trip to Southampton next weekend.

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