Newcastle United goalkeeper Karl Darlow has told the Chronicle that he was beaten by two very good goals at the weekend, as his side are counting the cost of a 3-2 defeat to Norwich City at Carrow Road in the Premier League.
Second-half strikes from Dieumerci Mbokani and Martin Olsson helped the Canaries to victory, as Newcastle twice fought back from a goal down with goals through Aleksandar Mitrovic after Timm Klose had given Norwich the lead on the stroke of half time.
Darlow, who was given the opportunity following a knee injury sustained by Rob Elliott on international duty, explained his view of the goals, as reported by the Chronicle, saying: “I was beaten by two very good goals.
"I haven’t seen them back, but then I didn’t really see the second one (Mbokani) in the first place either.
"The third one has ended up in the far corner right at the end. It’s cruel, but that’s football isn’t it? The final goal went through someone’s legs, and it was right inside the post.”
One of the big gripes for manager Rafael Benitez will be timing of the goals they conceded. The Klose one came just before half time, while Olsson's strike was conceded in stoppage time when it looked as if Newcastle had managed to earn themselves a point.
The two strikes that Darlow alluded to were two good hits and he was perhaps unsighted for both of them, while maybe Newcastle will bemoan some bad luck for the winner given there was a suspicion of handball in the build-up.
The club are now left with an uphill task as they are six points adrift of safety with seven games remaining. Newcastle have enough time to turn things around, but there is no getting away from the huge blow that was served at the weekend.