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Pardew: 'Goalkeeper Alnwick has time to shine'


Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick

Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick

Newcastle United goalkeeper Jak Alnwick

Newcastle United's third choice keeper Jak Alnwick must seize his chance to impress after getting an unexpected chance in the limelight, manager Alan Pardew said.

The 21-year-old made his competitive debut for the club as a substitute in the 2-1 victory against Chelsea last week, replacing Rob Elliot who went off injured.

Elliot could miss six to eight weeks and with first choice stopper Tim Krul also out until January with an ankle injury, Alnwick (right) could get an extended run, starting in tomorrow's Premier League match at Arsenal. "It's a great opportunity for Jak and he's very keen to take it," Pardew said.

"He's had a great start and has fitted in very well. He has worked very hard in the background but never had an opportunity. I have great faith in him but he will need a lot of luck as well, particularly in that crucial position."

Having ended Chelsea's unbeaten start to the season, seventh-placed Newcastle travel to the Emirates Stadium to take on an Arsenal side who lost 3-2 against Stoke City last weekend. Both sides have 23 points after 15 games, with Arsenal in sixth on goal difference, and Pardew defended the Gunners boss after he was jeered and sworn at by fans as he boarded his train following his side's defeat to Stoke.

"I have nothing but respect for him and I've always enjoyed watching his teams," Pardew said. "His treatment at the train station after the Stoke game was one of total disrespect."