Bruno Guimaraes hailed Nick Pope as the very best goalkeeper on the planet after a tenth clear sheet in a row helped Newcastle to a 1-0 win over Southampton.
This newest clear sheet helped Newcastle on their solution to carrying a slight benefit heading into the second-leg of the Carabao Cup semi-final with the Saints.
Pope hasn’t been crushed since November 6 – 79 days in the past – when Romain Perraud scored a late comfort for Southampton within the 4-1 defeat to Eddie Howe’s males. That is a run of 10 video games and 901 minutes the place Pope hasn’t been crushed with the one objectives Newcastle conceding throughout that interval coming within the 2-1 FA Cup defeat at Sheffield Wednesday when Martin Dubravka changed Pope in objective.
It’s an unprecedented run of fresh sheets as since August 2012 (when Opta began monitoring the info) there are not any different cases of a goalkeeper with a Premier League aspect protecting a clear sheet in 10 straight video games in all competitions. Pope has been known as on to make 20 saves in these 10 matches, together with three at St Mary’s – the decide of which was to disclaim Che Adams when he raced via on objective.
In whole, Pope has stored 17 clear sheet in all competitions for Newcastle, with solely Leyton Orient’s Lawrence Vigouroux managing extra (17) amongst ‘keepers for English league sides this season.
Newcastle midfielder Guimaraes, who received the participant of the match award in 1-0 win, mentioned: “I’d wish to say thanks to Nick Pope – he has been good for us. He is the very best goalkeeper on the planet.”
Pope mentioned himself: “We look actually stable on the again. The boys work so onerous to make that occur.”
Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Given has been blown away by Pope’s performances, saying: “I needed to double take when the stat got here up about 10 video games and 10 clear sheets. It’s phenomenal. Any goalkeeper on the planet who had that may be buzzing. He’s there for vital moments, at Palace and when Adams went via tonight – he makes a giant block. He provides his teammates a lot confidence. Best on the planet? That is up for debate however he is in the very best run of type in his profession.”
Pope’s clear sheet run really seemed to have been ended when Adam Armstrong prodded a close-range end previous the England goalkeeper however VAR stepped in to rule the objective out for handball.
Pope mentioned: “A number of work goes into it however VAR has helped us out. It was an enormous aid, you do not count on too many reprieves. We’re grateful for that one.”
Howe: Pope has been excellent
Newcastle boss Howe, who snapped up Pope from Burnley for simply £10m this summer time, enthused over his goalkeeper, praising his capability to face up at key moments in matches.
Howe mentioned: “The two saves he made had been large moments within the recreation. Adams’ one-vs-one was at an enormous time within the recreation the place the group had been moving into the sport they usually had been getting on high, and Nick stood up and made an awesome save, after which made one shortly after as properly.
“He’s been excellent for us this 12 months and the defence has performed very properly nearly all of the time in entrance of him, however each time he is wanted he is produced the products for us.”
Southampton boss Nathan Jones known as Pope the very best goalkeeper within the Premier League: “There is not a greater goalkeeper within the league, when it comes to what it’s essential to be a goalkeeper, utilizing your palms, he is categorically the very best within the league.”