Martin Dubravka has been interviewed by nufcTV in a cafe while the squad was in Murcia, Spain today.
Martin did not play in the 1-1 draw with CSKA Moscow with Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman getting 45 minutes each in goal.
It is just over a year ago since Dubravka joined us on loan from Sparta Prague and the move was made permanent for a paltry £4M transfer fee over the summer.
Martin has been an ever-present in the Newcastle goal this season.
Martin Dubravka – being interviewed in Spain by nufcTV
This is some of what the 30-year-old had said in the nufcTV interview:
“I am the kind of person who analyses everything and watches the game twice.”
“It can knock your confidence. I hope I did well enough in the previous games so I can build up my confidence again.”
“I’m a human being, I can make mistakes — I obviously try not to make them. When you are down that’s when you see who your real friends are.”
“Everybody has something to say and it’s easy to criticize but I’m very lucky that I have great people around me, great teammates and they support me through everything.”
“That’s very important psychologically.”
“It was definitely a free-kick. I remember seeing the ball come over and thinking, ‘I can catch this.’ Then, suddenly, I was blind.”
“I had a hand close to my head, so I couldn’t see the ball.”
“Obviously, I thought the referee would whistle. I was really surprised there was no whistle.”
“The rules are really clear, you have to protect the keeper in the box. I’m not the kind of keeper who will complain too much and cry a lot, we have to look at the future.”
“I have to approach the next game with 200% extra strength.”
“I have seen some criticism, of course, because I look at social media sometimes.”
“I have seen some negative comments. I have to say most of the messages from Newcastle fans have been positive.”
“People ask me how the first year has been and I tell them that it still feels like my first day.”
“I dreamt about this and I always wanted to get to the top level so to be here is great. I don’t want it to end.”
All goalkeepers make mistakes, and the good ones make less than the others.
And the good ones recover quickly from any mistakes they do make – and it’s now up to Dubravka to get back to his top form.
We all know he has an abundance of talent as a goalkeeper.
It’s good for him and good for Newcastle and our fans that the Slovakian International plays well for the rest of the season.