Martin Dubravka has not allowed a goal in at St. James’ Park yet, and in the three home games he has played in we have won all three of them.
Next up at home are Arsenal in a couple of weeks so it would be excellent if Newcastle and Dubravka can keep a clean sheet in that game.
A win against Arsenal will likely see us safe this season – given the excellent football the lads have been playing so farthis year.
Martin Dubravka – in action against Huddersfield
Dubravka arrived back last week from International duty after playing in Thailand.
The 29-year-old says he hadn’t slept properly since returning from playing in the international friendly games.
This is what the Slovakian International has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today.
“I couldn’t sleep! I still have it (jet lag). It was really difficult for me.”
“For the first two days, I couldn’t sleep. I didn’t use the sleeping pills. “It’s a bit better now.” “
I’m tired after the game, but I have friends and family here, so I’m happy that I can see them.”
“That’s how our defense is working,” “I’m very happy that they’re helping me. I’m trying to help them too.”
“It was very important for us. It was a difficult game for us. We tried to control the game.”
“But it was difficult to play against a team which was standing in front of the box.”
“For a keeper, it’s one of the worst games when you don’t have so much to do but need to be ready.”
“It was important that we won.”
“(When we scored) I was so happy. I was running, I thought that I would go there also with the players.”
“But then I realized I had to stay calm and be ready for the next 10 minutes, so I stopped the run.”
“That’s the worst for the keeper,” “You need to be focused for 90 minutes with not so much to do; but the defenders made this game very easy for me.”
“Actually, the coach was shouting information, and I tried to explain it to the players who had been celebrating.”
“Then I tried to enjoy the goal a little bit with the fans.”
Newcastle are now handily placed in the league in 12th place after two successive wins against Southampton and Huddersfield.
In the last two games, we have gained 6 points on those two clubs, so we are starting to put some distance between ourselves and the relegation zone.
Let’s hope we can go on a good run in the last seven games of the season and then spirits will be sky-high this summer.
That’s when Rafa will try to vastly improve the Newcastle team.
He will likely start off by signing goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for a bargain €4M from Sparta Prague.
And then we want to see Mr. Benitez sign a new long-term deal to stay at Newcastle and make our fans even happier this summer!