Perfect Response From Karl Darlow To Martin Dubravka’s Arrival

Slovakian International goalkeeper Martin Dubravka arrived on Wednesday night and in his first interview, he said he would work hard and do his best to become Newcastle’s new number one goalkeeper.

Martin speaks good English so that will not be a problem for him.

Karl Darlow has reacted in exactly the right way by saying he will try to rise to the competition and keep his place in goal.

Rafa is keen on having competition in every position on the Newcastle team because it does make players play at their best if they are to keep their places.

Rafa has been after the Slovakian goalkeeper since early December, and he finally got his man.

And as usual, Rafa seems to have brought in a player who wants to be at Newcastle and vows to work hard in training to improve his game.

Karl Darlow – the unfortunate Burnley equalizer

England Under-21 international Freddie Woodman was finally allowed to go out on loan after being very patient this season and Freddie will join Aberdeen.

Celtic came in late for him, but it seems that Freddie kept his word to Aberdeen that he would join them – good for him.

This is what Darlow has said about Dubravka’s arrival, and then he talked about Kenedy’s display on his debut:

“We were aware that another goalkeeper was coming in because Freddie needs to get out on loan.”

“It’s just good competition. It’s the same again. We just keep battling away and see what the manager thinks about it.”

“I see it as competition, that’s what it is, and I’ll try to rise to it and see how I can perform.”

“Definitely the signings give us a buzz. The fans are desperate to see new players, new faces come in to improve the squad.”

“What’s happened on deadline day off the field is only good for the club, the squad and the players.”

“Kenedy played brilliantly against Burnley and that’s just the start of where we need to be and where we need to carry on going.

“Kenedy is obviously very good on the ball, very composed, good pace and a great left foot too. You saw a lot of crosses, delivered with a lot of quality, on his debut.

“Hopefully he will be a good addition and will help us stay in the league.”

“We created so many chances and played so well that we deserved the three points.”

“But if we carry on performing like that until the end of the season, we know we’ll be good enough to avoid relegation.”

“So it was positive, but on the negative side we dropped two points when we should have taken all three.”

We threw two points away on Wednesday night, but we can make up for that with a win at Crystal Palace on Sunday.

Newcastle need to get some wins on the board if we are to avoid relegation this season.

The last time we won in the league was on New Years Day when we beat Stoke 1-0 away.

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6 comments so far

  • simon376

    Feb 2, 2018 at 7:56 AM

    Comment #1

    If it was him, what’s your thinking on it about how m being there?

  • hibbit

    Feb 2, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #2

    if we had just taken a few more of the chances that we did make things would be looking a lot brighter

  • DubaiMicky

    Feb 2, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #3

    For what it’s worth, can Rafa play this set up on Sunday?


    Lescelles Clark
    Yedlin Dummett
    Diame Merino

    Murphy Perez Kenedy


  • c-dog

    Feb 2, 2018 at 8:18 AM

    Comment #4

    Doubt Rafa has ever played a tactic like that. He’s a defend first coach. And with the squad we have his tactics have been affective.

    Although in the 2005 CL final he did bring on Hamann for Finnan switching to a 3-5-2. The rest is history. Are we 3-0 down at HT to AC Milan yet? Maybe if we lose to palace.

  • Bambams

    Feb 2, 2018 at 8:48 AM

    Comment #5


    Fella I cannot be 100% sure it was him. But I was no more than 3 feet away and I was looking straight at him through driver door window and I immediately recognised him.

    He was travelling into Newcastle on the eastbound heading towards Cowgate roundabout.

    My thinking was he was behind an earlier consortium when Hoots was manager and tried to buy the club…..

    We are told another party are a few weeks away from putting a package together. I don’t know maybe I am just desperate and want this current owner to leave.

    I am sure it was Mcmahon though but maybe he was just up visiting Ant and Dec

    Time will tell mate

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Feb 2, 2018 at 11:34 AM

    Comment #6

    Bambams – Hope McMahon is no where near our club as he is a even bigger dick than Ashley……You would have known if it was him as he would have been licking himself.

    Darlow and Elliott not good enough for this level, I would have got rid of both and kept Woodman as back up to a new keeper…


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