Nick Pope has been hailed ‘the best goalkeeper in the world’ by Newcastle team-mate Bruno Gomaris after his 10th straight clean sheet. Football news.

Bruno Gomaris named Nick Pope the best goalkeeper in the world after a 10th consecutive clean sheet gave Newcastle a 1-0 victory over Southampton.

That latest clean sheet helped Newcastle take a narrow advantage in their Carabao Cup semi-final second leg with Saints.

Pope have not been defeated since November 6 – 79 days ago – when Romain Peraud scored a late consolation for Southampton in a 4-1 defeat by Eddie Huey’s men. It’s a run of 10 games and 901 minutes where Pope hasn’t been beaten with just a goal since Newcastle lost 2-1 in the FA Cup at Sheffield Wednesday when Martin Dubravka scored for Pope. had done

This is an unprecedented run of clean sheets as since August 2012 (when Opta began tracking the data) there has been no other instance of a goalkeeper keeping a clean sheet in 10 straight games across all competitions. Pope has been called upon to make 20 saves in those 10 matches, including three against St Mary’s – the choice to deny Che Adams when he got to the goal.

In total, Pope has kept 17 clean sheets in all competitions for Newcastle, with only Leyton Orient’s Laurence Vigoreaux managing more (17) among Premier League keepers this season.

Nick Pope makes a key stop to deny Chey Adams
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Nick Pope makes a key stop to deny Chey Adams

Newcastle midfielder Guimaraes, who won the man of the match award in the 1-0 win, said: “I’d like to thank Nick Pope – he’s been fantastic for us. He’s the best goalkeeper in the world.”

Pope himself said: “We look really solid at the back. The boys work really hard to do that.”

Former Newcastle goalkeeper Shay Gavin was blown away by Pope’s performance, saying: “When it comes to almost 10 games and 10 clean sheets at the stat, I have to do a double take. It’s extraordinary. For the big moments there, at Palace and When Adams goes through tonight – he makes a big block. He gives his teammates a lot of confidence. The best in the world? That’s up for debate but he’s in the best form of his career.”

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Carabao Cup semi-final highlights, first leg between Southampton and Newcastle.

Pope’s clean sheet run actually came to an end when Adam Armstrong got past the England goalkeeper but VAR stepped in to rule out the goal for handball.

Pope said: “It takes a lot of work but VAR helped us. It was a huge relief, you don’t expect a lot of help. We are grateful for that.”

Howe: The Pope has been wonderful.

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Newcastle boss Eddie Howe made his comments after the Carabao Cup first-leg semi-final win over Southampton at St James’ Park to secure a place in next week’s Wembley final 1-0. .

Newcastle boss Howe, who snapped up Pope from Burnley for just £10million this summer, raved about his goalkeeper, praising his ability to stand up at key moments in matches.

Howe said: “The two saves he made were big moments in the game. Adams had a big time in a one-on-one game where the crowd was getting into the game and they were getting on top, and Nick stood up. .and made a great save, and then made one shortly after.

“He’s been outstanding for us this year and the defense has played really well in front of him most of the time, but he’s produced stuff for us whenever he’s needed to.”

Southampton boss Nathan Jones called Pope the best goalkeeper in the Premier League: “There is no better goalkeeper in the league, in the sense that you need to be a goalkeeper, using your hands, He’s clearly the best in the league.”

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