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Newcastle United: Fans react to ‘nightmare’ footage of Mark Gillespie

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Newcastle United fans have been reacting to footage that has emerged of goalkeeper Mark Gillespie from the club’s Papa John’s Trophy game against Harrogate Town.

Goalkeepers were a big topic of discussion around the club during the early part of the season, with the number-one spot in the senior team being up for grabs between three experienced shot-stoppers in the form of Martin Dubravka, Freddie Woodman and Karl Darlow.

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However, it was Gillespie that was the talking point on social media for his role in the Newcastle United U21 side’s 2-0 defeat to Harrogate Town on Tuesday night, with the hosts’ opening goal causing something of a commotion amongst the supporters online.

Footage posted by Sky Sports Football showed him making a rather poor error during an attempt at passing out from the back, which led to a number of interesting responses from fans on Twitter:

“Jesus wept our academy is absolutely shocking”

“He was poor all game.”
“So that’s why he’s only fourth choice keeper”
“Bin the lot”
“Oh dear Mark Gillespie having a nightmare in the trophy game last night!”

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An incident like that certainly won’t help him in making his way up the goalkeeping pecking order at the club.

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