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Pope joy at Castrol Save of the Month award win

16 Sep 2022

Newcastle goalkeeper delighted to claim inaugural monthly prize for his superb stop at Brighton

Nick Pope's superb stop for Newcastle United at Brighton & Hove Albion has been voted August's Castrol Save of the Month.

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Pope showed superb reflexes as he dived to his left, keeping out a downward header from midfielder Adam Lallana and earning Newcastle a point.

It ensured the 30-year-old finished his first two matches at his new club with clean sheets in both, following his summer move from Burnley.

Pope is the first ever winner of the Castrol Save of the Month award. He topped a shortlist featuring seven other sensational saves by goalkeepers across August.

"It's not something you quite expect and it's nice to be the first winner of the award," he said.

"Before the cross comes in you're thinking 'Can I come out and affect the cross, come out and punch it, catch it and make that split-second decision?'

"I saw him flying in, thinking he was favourite to win the header, so luckily enough I hit the ground and managed to turn it around the post."

It gives Newcastle an August awards double, after Allan Saint-Maximin's volley against Wolverhampton Wanderers was voted Budweiser Goal of the Month. 

Also in this series

Part 1: Haaland voted EA SPORTS Player of the Month
Part 2: Arteta named as Barclays Manager of the Month
Part 3: Saint-Maximin 'proud' to win Budweiser Goal of the Month

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