Goalkeeper Unsure About Future – Mindset Has To Change In Final Three Games


Martin Dubravka still doesn’t know whether Rafa Benitez will take up the €4M option to buy the Slovakian goalkeeper this summer, but he’s played exceptionally well at Newcastle since he came.

But Martin was disappointed with the display on Saturday when we lost 1-0 to bottom side West Brom and so were many of our supporters.

Our players just didn’t show the fight and spirit that’s been on display all season, and that’s not acceptable for our side these days – not with Rafa Benitez as the manager.

Rafa has said we cannot play as poorly as that again and he will take measures this week in training to ensure the team is ready (and willing) to beat Watford on Saturday afternoon.

Yes, we have done very well this season, but our lads cannot stop playing just because we are safe in the league.

Martin Dubravka – has looked the part for Newcastle

Dubravka has an excellent attitude, and he was disappointed we couldn’t get our fifth successive home win against the Baggies:

This is what he said on nufcTV:

“We have to keep going in every game. We don’t have to think that we have three more games.”

“We have Watford next, then we have to be ready for that. We must train well because, even though people are saying that we are safe, especially for me I am not playing like that.”

“I came here for half-a-year and I have to show myself until the end. My team-mates also want to show themselves because they are great players and they want to give everything for the club.”

“We have to give everything into our games, give all our energy and go for it.”

“I think it was a disappointing day. We would have liked to have shown the fans that the attitude is really high and we would have liked to give them the victory.”

“But, unfortunately, we didn’t do that and we are very disappointed.”

“Sometimes we have to say that the opposition have quality to score goals – and this goal was brilliant from their side.”

“It was a good situation for them, but unfortunately not for us as we didn’t do well in that moment.”

“We controlled the game, we had the ball at our feet, but then, unfortunately, we came in front of their box.”

“And it was difficult for us to play against the guys who were just standing in front of their box, meaning there wasn’t much space there.”

“But we are trying to score goals and push the team. You could see against West Brom that our defenders were really high and we put all the energy into the game.”

“But we didn’t score and that’s what we missed against West Brom.”

“Maybe we have to change our mindset because we knew before the West Brom game that we were probably safe.”

“I don’t like to say that we didn’t play at 100%, but when you are playing to avoid relegation then you put something more into the games – and that is what we missed against West Brom.”

“We trained well last week and we are definitely trying to win games, but unfortunately we did not create enough chances. Even though we played with the ball at our feet, sometimes it is not enough.”

If we can get a win at Vicarage Road on Saturday that would get us back on track and then we face two top six sides in Tottenham and Chelsea over the final two games of the season.

Two wins in those games would end the season on the right note – we’d be ecstatic.

Dubravka has started the last 9 games and we fully expect Rafa to take up the option to buy Dubravka this summer for a bargain €4M.

He’s an excellent goalkeeper who can do well in the Premier League and his attitude is first class.

Comments welcome


88 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 3:26 PM

    Comment #1

    Going on safari and being mistaken for a hippopotamus on it’s way to a Siberian zoo is too good for Ashley.

    13
  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2018 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #2

    😀

    1
  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2018 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #3

    hotels in warkworth

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #4

    Sorry jib even for you at this time of day that’s vague.

    I’m sure it’s ragingly good though.

    🙂

    4
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #5

    Apparently Leicester have got big ambitions for next season with a big budget to match and are determined to try and lure Rafa to the Kingpower .

    I honestly can’t imagine that Rafa sees Leicester as a more interesting project or a club more likely to achieve success but he will need to be reassured that he’s not going into next season’s battle with no new ammo.

    1
  • lochinvar

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #6

    You have to think that there are a number of clubs who irrespective of the money they throw at the perceived opportunity to become a major club will never quite have the appeal of other more illustrious clubs. Foreign owners in particular seem unable to grasp the difference.

    Leicester being the typical example, alongside Stoke, West Brom, Palace , Bournemouth etc. It doesn’t preclude any club from performing well and Leicester last season and Burnley this season are good examples of that but their locations, cities, fan base and brand identity are limiting factors.

    Newcastle United are one of the few that can prove to be the exception. All the ingredients for success are in the one place and improved transfers and team performances would quickly elevate the club to again sit alongside Liverpool and Spurs as equals at least for the future.

    Ashley needs to be flaunting the club to serious investors who understand our unique selling proposition and allow the club to move to the next level.

    15
  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #7

    Tsunki
    The white lightenin’ kickin’ in early
    😛

    1
  • NezzaNUFC

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #8

    We will lose against Watford but like Newcastle, we will probably win against Spurs and Chelsea

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #9

    Lochinvar…… Very good point well made.

    2
  • Jib

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #10

    Anyone seen Ludovic Blas a midfielder for Guingamp in Ligue 1 ?
    He’s of Martinique parentage and shit hot !!!
    What’s more he’s a client of Mondial Promotions of Graham Carr
    notoriety.
    If you read this blog Rafael give him a look

    0
  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #11

    Am I right in thinking Rafa has never resigned before – he’s always either seen out his contract, been sacked or left “by mutual consent” ie poached.

    I can’t see him leaving, really I can’t, and I think the “negotiations” will see him signing an extension before the home Chelsea game. What an atmosphere that would be – cos all the fans will know he’s got what he wanted.

    1
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2018 at 5:50 PM

    Comment #12

    I think Rafa feels part of NUFC now and has managed to get the majority of fans onside, which he knows is necessary for a club to be successful. I’m sure he would like to leave a legacy for us and will be plotting his course accordingly.

    It’s a slight concern that other clubs are sniffing but not a major concern.

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #13

    bettyswallocks
    according to the Chronicle Rafa has the backing of 97% of our fans the other 3% all post on here !!!!

    7
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #14

    Spurs away sold out already. Its unbelievable Jeff!

    1
  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #15

    DubaiMicky @11
    there’s always a first time !!!
    this is Mike Ashley he’s dealing with after all

    0
  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:11 PM

    Comment #16

    Hibbit……… Yeah and they’re mainly Scandinavian.

    2
  • hibbit

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:16 PM

    Comment #17

    bettyswallocks………………LoL

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Comment #18

    “Islam Slimani has been charged by the FA with violent conduct after kicking out at Craig Dawson. He has until 6pm tomorrow to respond

    “Looks like that’ll be the end of his #nufc career if it is upheld & he receives a three-match ban.”

    1
  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:29 PM

    Comment #19

    Slimani surely to get ban. We better send him back to Leicester ASAP, another waste of time. Our January striker signings have been pretty awful, Cisse aside.

    Just goes to show you might as well do it in the summer.

    1
  • jazzyp

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:32 PM

    Comment #20

    Napoli have apparently contacted Rafas representives.
    Just gets better!!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:33 PM

    Comment #21

    And South West Ireland!!@

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    Comment #22

    jazzy

    More leverage for Rafa!

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #23

    GPLF,
    What January signings???
    We don’t normally make them unless we’re in the clarts!

    1
  • jazzyp

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Ron

    Would be nice if that was the case mate,But I don’t think Ashley gives a flying sh@te what’s in the best interest of Nufc.
    Knowing our luck we’ll end up with the unwashed cast of …Coleman

    0
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2018 at 6:54 PM

    Comment #25

    jazzy

    Thanks for the horrifying prospect!

    2
  • jazzyp

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #26

    Ron

    Hehe aim to please buddy

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #27

    BBC up to date, as usual:

    “After facing fourth-placed Tottenham tonight, Watford then play second-placed Manchester United, before playing their final home match against in-form Newcastle.”

    1
  • Online Guy

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:07 PM

    Comment #28

    Jail

    The Hippo comment . Rof. Good one . Haha .

    1
  • Online Guy

    Apr 30, 2018 at 7:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Keith Curl was a good shout for Mackems manager..but …but …que hilarity ..Glenn Hoddle anyone ?

    If it’s Glenn then bring on the God, Jesus’s Jokes.

    We can have some fun if its true .

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2018 at 8:06 PM

    Comment #30

    Lochinvar at 6. I know this is true, you know this is true and the entire population of Newcastle and its widely dispersed global fan base know it’s true. However, every single fan of every single club you mentioned also think exactly the same about their club. I’m not going to argue with them about it – they’re allowed to be deluded, but funnily enough that’s an accusation levelled at us too from time to time.

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2018 at 8:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Looks like Deli Alli is finally finding some form, good timing with the World Cup nearly here.

    0
  • Tsunki

    Apr 30, 2018 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #32

    I see what you’re saying Rob but Lochinvar does have a point if you look at Newcastle as a geographic and demographic curiosity. More than ever this is not just a one club city with one of the largest stadia in the country sat right in its heart and constantly packed to capacity, it stands alone in the North East corner of this country, has its own distinct identity – not lost among a crowd of very similar townships – it is strikingly individual in its culture and history, it’s a wasted resource at the moment, stalled really in its tracks by the expedient brand riding profiteer it’s currently owned by. It deserves the kind of attention at least that a similar city like Liverpool gets.

    12
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #33

    Tsunki, absolutely you’re right and the fact we pulled in so many fans in our Championship excursion home and away is proof that there is something special about our club, all the points you make are also incredibly valid. All clubs have their claims for past or potential greatness though and it’s a little arrogant for us to say we deserve better owners / more success / more luck / better treatment by referees / whatever else we want.

    I’m certainly not going to tell you, Lochinvar or anyone else that they’re wrong though – I’m the first to tell anyone who will listen what a superb club we have. I just don’t feel very comfortable with us going all ‘we’re better than that lot because’ mode.

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:10 PM

    Comment #34

    RobLeenio,
    There’s nothing arrogant about stating that a club that sells out in just about every single game home and away in second tier football deserves better than Mike Ashley. It is a statistical fact.

    4
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #35

    Let Kane and Salah battle it oot for the golden boot. We have several players with a chance to win the copper shoelace! Yes, least number of league goals scored to lead the team. It’s a wonderful competition we have underway. We have Perez and Gayle with 5, Hoser Loo with 4 and Lascelles and Ritchie with 3! Incredibly tight race. Unbelievable suspense….

    5
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:14 PM

    Comment #36

    I’d settle for a draw against Chelsea if it meant Lpool not making the CL.

    1
  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #37

    In fact I don’t even know who to cheer for! (All right I admit it, I’m cheering for Lascelles).

    0
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #38

    It’s looking like there’s going to be a few twists in the relegation saga as well, it would be amazing if WBA somehow escaped. Swansea, ‘udders and West Ham are very vulnerable as well.

    1
  • Ron Knee

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #39

    Jail

    How many points will Huddersfield get from Citeh, Chelsea, & Arsenal?

    1
  • RobLeenio

    Apr 30, 2018 at 9:32 PM

    Comment #40

    Jail, you’re missing the point. Yes, we deserve better than Mike Ashley. No, we don’t deserve better than the likes of Leicester, West Brom etc purely because of who we are / what we are. To assume otherwise would be arrogance and this was my point.

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