Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says he soon hopes to understand the Premier League

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Newcastle goalkeeper Karl Darlow says he hopes to start understanding the Premier League.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has been thrown into the deep end of a relegation battle, and hopes to quickly adjust.

He conceded three as Newcastle slipped to a loss at Norwich City at the weekend, but at least did not make any grave individual errors as he did against West Brom when called upon earlier in the season.

The former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper has been called upon due to season ending knee injuries suffered by Karl Darlow and last week Robbie Elliott.

Darlow admits he is learning on the job, telling the club's official website he hopes that he can step up.

He said: "I now get a run of games and 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."

Darlow added that he felt nervous ahead of the game at Carrow Road at the weekend, but suggested that knowing he has the starting position to himself will relax him.

He said: "I was nervous beforehand but once I got into the game I was okay.

"I had a few more days to prepare for this one, as opposed to my (Premier League) debut against West Brom (where Darlow replaced Elliot during the warm-up), and it's nice to know that I can prepare for the rest of the season."

The problem Darlow faces is that the Premier League is unforgiving, as he has found out already.

This means by time he feels he understands it, he could be back in the Championship, where he was playing last season with Nottingham Forest.

It's not an ideal situation for Newcastle with a rookie learning on the job, but Darlow is the best they have at present, and will get all the support from fans that he needs.

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