Mbemba hails Karl Darlow heroics

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The North-East side took a potentially big step toward Premier League safety last Saturday.

Speaking to the club's official website, Newcastle United defender Chancel Mbemba has claimed that he knew Karl Darlow would save Yohan Cabaye's penalty in Saturday's massive 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.

The Magpies took a potentially big step toward Premier League safety last weekend, with Andros Townsend's stunning free kick proving enough to edge out the Eagles and lift Rafael Benitez's side up to 17th, one point clear of Sunderland Norwich City - both of whom have a game in hand.

It could, and perhaps should, have been different though, with Cabaye having the chance to equalise on 70 minutes from the penalty spot, but third-choice goalkeeper Darlow, playing in the absence of Tim Krul and Rob Elliot, saved his team-mates.

It was Moussa Sissoko who conceded the spot-kick, but Mbemba claims that he had "complete faith" in the 25-year-old stopper who continues to impress, under the circumstances.

"With Karl, I watched his performance (against Palace) from the very beginning to the final whistle, and I had absolute faith in him," he said to United's official website.

"When they got the penalty, I looked at him and said to myself 'he's going to save it, and we're going to win this game'."


Benitez's side could, and definitely should, pick up another win this weekend as they visit already-relegated Aston Villa, who are on an 11-match losing streak, but Newcastle cannot afford to allow complacency to creep in. The consequences could be dire.

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