Nick Pope was hailed as the “best goalkeeper in the world” after his 10th successive clean sheet helped put Newcastle on the brink of Wembley.The England international produced two superb second-half saves from Southampton forward Che Adams as the Magpies secured a vital 1-0 win from a breathless Carabao Cup semi-final first leg at St Mary’s.Joelinton set aside a disallowed goal and a shocking miss to claim the visitors’ 73rd-minute winner, while Saints substitute Adam Armstrong had a leveller ruled out for handball following VAR intervention.Newcastle manager Eddie Howe, who warned there is still a long way to go in the tie ahead of next week’s return meeting, saluted the impact of his in-form keeper, while Magpies midfielder Bruno Guimaraes went a step further.“One goal is important, we could score more but most important was to be one goal in front of Southampton,” the Brazilian midfielder told Sky Sports.“I want to thank Nick Pope, I think he’s the best goalkeeper in the world.
Let’s keep it going.”Speaking of a player he signed from Burnley in the summer, Howe said: “Nick made some big saves today, especially the first one from Adams (which) I thought was a big moment in the match.“He stood up tall for us, as he has done all season.“It (10 clean sheets in a row) is a brilliant thing for Nick.
I think he deserves that accolade. He’s been excellent on and offer the pitch in every respect since he signed for the club.“I can’t speak highly enough of him, I can’t praise him enough and I can’t rate him highly enough.
He’s a brilliant shot stopper and I think he’s in a very good place currently.”After Joelinton was controversially adjudged to have handled before finishing in the 39th minute, the game burst into lifeRead more on independent.co.uk