Newcastle United hero Karl Darlow has told the Sunderland Echo that Cheick Tiote was telling him to dive into the wrong corner, as Crystal Palace midfielder Yohan Cabaye stepped up to take a penalty last weekend.
Tiote played with Cabaye at St. James’ Park, and he was quick to try and second guess his former teammate as he prepared to take the spot kick.
The Ivorian midfielder felt that Cabaye was about to put the ball down to Darlow’s right, but he actually aimed to the left of the goalkeeper.
Thankfully for Newcastle, Darlow paid no attention to his teammate’s advice, and he pushed the ball away to safety to preserve Newcastle’s 1-0 advantage and ensure that they claimed the three points.
And Darlow said: "All I saw was Cheicky pointing the wrong way!
“We look through everyone’s penalties before we play them. We do our research, and Cabaye had put his last four or five the other way.
“So it was one of them that was just instinct. I just had a funny feeling he might go that side. I just dived that way, and dived hard, and thankfully saved it.”
Darlow’s penalty stop could be absolutely crucial, as Newcastle aim to avoid the drop this season.
The Magpies have improved considerably in recent weeks, and they have taken eight points from their last four matches to move away out of the drop zone.
As things stand, Newcastle are in 17th place - but Sunderland and Norwich City both have games in hand on them.
Newcastle’s remaining fixtures come against Aston Villa and Tottenham Hotspur.