Brighton stalemate was exactly what Newcastle's Karl Darlow needed

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez gestures from the sideline during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at St. James Park on December 30, 2017 in...

Karl Darlow recovered from his prior poor form to turn in a handy show and earn a clean sheet on Saturday.

Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United and Solly March of Brighton and Hove Albion battle for possession during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at...

Newcastle United may have generally been disappointed with the goalless draw against Brighton and Hove Albion on Saturday, but one Magpies star would have been quite content.

Karl Darlow came into the side following an injury to Rob Elliot, having previously failed to impress when handed a chance ahead of Newcastle's number one.

Karl Darlow of Newcastle United arrives prior to the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St. James Park on October 21, 2017 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

Darlow conceded poor goals against both Leicester City and Everton, costing the Magpies at least a pair of points.

But the former Nottingham Forest goalkeeper was much improved against Brighton as he kept a clean sheet with relative ease, dealing with everything that came his way.

While Brighton's play often lacked invention and Darlow was rarely asked to make anything more than ordinary stops, the keeper was previously making crucial mistakes from those very basic shots.

Gaetan Bong of Brighton and Hove Albion battles for possesion with Matt Ritchie of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Brighton and Hove Albion at...

Newcastle were left disappointed by their lack of punch in attack, but the defence looked solid and Darlow will be delighted to have played a part in that.

The 27-year-old will now hope for further opportunities to show he is the solid stopper he looked to be last season in the Championship, rather than the flappy liability his brief Premier League performances have suggested.

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