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.