Karl Darlow insists he's ready for Newcastle United first-team role

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Karl Darlow is set to play a key part for Newcastle United between now and the end of the season.

Karl Darlow has insisted to the Chronicle that he is perfectly capable of coping in Newcastle United’s first-team between now and the end of the season.

Darlow has been thrust into the limelight at St. James’ Park, due to injuries to both Tim Krul and Rob Elliot.

However, the 25-year-old insists that he has the mental strength to cope under pressure, due to the amount of game time he received at former club Nottingham Forest.

“I’ve got the character for this. People seem to forget that I’ve played a fair amount of Championship games,” he said.

“Since I’ve joined the club, it’s kind of been overlooked that I’ve played over 100 games.

“It’s one of those situations where I know what to do, I just need to get into a run of games and hopefully prove myself.”

Darlow looked unlikely to receive a run of games this season, given that when he arrived from Forest last summer he was third choice.

Krul was solidly established as Newcastle number one, but he picked up an injury while representing Holland towards the back end of last year.

Elliot surpassed all expectations and covered for Krul well in his absence, but the former Charlton Athletic man also damaged his knee and is set to miss the rest of the campaign.

With the transfer window now shut, Newcastle’s options to replace their two first-choice stoppers are limited and they have been forced to put Darlow in net between now and the end of the season.

Darlow started the Magpies match against Norwich at the weekend, and although he put in an encouraging display he could not stop his side falling to a 3-2 defeat.

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