Scott Carson was handed his Manchester City debut and a first Premier League appearance in almost 10 years as City beat Newcastle United 4-3 at St. James’...
Scott Carson was handed his Manchester City debut and a first Premier League appearance in almost 10 years as City beat Newcastle United 4-3 at St. James’ Park on Friday night.
Carson, 35, was surprisingly selected to start the game and marked the occasion by saving a second-half penalty from Joe Willock — although Willock did score the rebound.
The match was City’s first since being crowned Premier League champions earlier this week.
Newcastle went ahead through an Emil Kraft effort in the 25th minute, but City drew level through Joao Cancelo 12 minutes later.
Ferran Torres put City in front in the 42nd minute with a sublime flicked volley over the head of Martin Dubravka before Newcastle levelled in first-half added time with a Joelinton penalty.
The hosts were awarded their second penalty on 62 minutes, which Carson initially saved from Willock before the Arsenal loanee stuck away the rebound. Torres then equalised just a minute later, before then putting City 4-3 ahead with his hat-trick goal in the 66th minute.
After the match, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “The people maybe don’t know but he (Carson) is a real leader. He says what he believes, he’s got a lot of experience with big teams. He’s an incredible person and we are delighted.”
Carson has been on loan at Manchester City from Derby County for the past two seasons but during that time he has not made a single appearance for the club.
He last played in the Premier League for West Brom in May 2011 — 3645 days ago.
“I got told yesterday, and I’m delighted — I thought my Premier League days were over but thankfully I’ve never given up and have got a chance tonight,” he said after being named in the starting XI.
“Of course I was surprised but since I’ve been here I’ve tried to work as hard as I can and be there if needed. Thankfully the manager’s seen that and given me a game tonight.
“Nerves? There always is every game you play but I think that’s good. Even with my experience, it’s good to be a bit nervous.”
Guardiola made a series of changes for the trip to Newcastle.
Kyle Walker, Eric Garcia, Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan all came into the starting XI, with Raheem Sterling captaining the side.Scott Carson: Man City goalkeeper save penalty in Premier League win over Newcastle - The Athletic View Story