Jak Alnwick set for a run in Newcastle’s side with Tim Krul and Rob Elliot sidelined

CHANCE ... Jak Alnwick.
CHANCE ... Jak Alnwick.

JAK Alnwick told of his joy after making a stunning debut against Chelsea at St James’s Park this afternoon.

The Newcastle United goalkeeper replaced the injured Rob Elliot at the break with the score goalless.

Alnwick played his part as his team claimed a 2-1 win over Chelsea.

Elliot had suffered a recurrence of a thigh injury in the first half, and will undergo a scan next week.

And 21-year-old Alnwick – who had only previously played competitive football for Gateshead – was kept busy in a dramatic second half.

Striker Papiss Demba Cisse netted both goals for Newcastle, who also had Steven Taylor sent off.

Didier Drogba pulled one back for Jose Mourinho’s side, who had been unbeaten in 23 league and cup matches.

“It’s easier coming on at half-time – you don’t have to think about it,” Hexham-born Alnwick told BT Sport.

“It was a great experience. I’m happy to play my first game and get a win for the team.”

Asked what support he had had from his team-mates, Alnwick said: “Every single of them, including the gaffer and goalkeeping coach, backed us.

“They’ve shown me great support and helped us out a lot.”

Alnwick – who started his career at Sunderland – is likely to be in goal next Saturday when Newcastle take on Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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