Martin Dubravka was named the North East Football Writers’ Association player of the year award.
That coincided with a rare error the goalkeeper made that costs us 2 points at Wolves.
But when you see the replay, Dubravka was definitely fouled by goalscorer Willy Boly, but the referee allowed the goal to stand in the 95th minute.
Apart from that Dubravka had played well in the game and had made some good saves.
Simon Smith is the goalkeeping coach at Newcastle, and he has full confidence in the 30-year-old Slovakian goalkeeper who has set his standards massively high since coming in on loan 13 months ago.
Martin Dubravka – sets his standards very high
This is what Smith told ChronicleLive today about Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper:
“He has played so well, and the expectation levels have gone up so much for him.”
“No disrespect to Martin, but we paid €6M for him.”
“You look at Liverpool, they paid over €60M for their goalkeeper Allison and Chelsea paid around €76m for their keeper.”
“Martin has shown that he is probably in the top six most consistent goalkeepers in the league and I think that is why there has been that attention on him.”
“His consistency and his high standards are why we all trust him so much.”
“When the crowd sing his name, it’s not something he has been used to earlier in his career.”
“I was saying to him the other day that it is another side of playing in the Premier League that he has had to deal with.”
“With all respect to where he has been before, there is a massive gulf to the level he is at now.”
“He made his debut against Manchester United and did really well.”
“His performance didn’t surprise us because we saw what he was capable of in training.”
“But he also showed that he could handle playing in front of 52,000, because that is something he wasn’t used to doing and it shows what he is about.”
“Doing well obviously helps, but I think it’s clear that the supporters appreciate him, and I know that he appreciates their support.”
“On Saturday, Karl Darlow played the first-half and Freddie Woodman came on and played the second-half.”
“You’re never worried about any of them playing.”
“The competition between the three of them is excellent and, as a bonus, they all get on with each other very well.
“They know only one can play, and that’s up to the manager.”
“I give the manager feedback on all of our goalkeepers, but it’s up to him who plays, so that takes a bit of the pressure off me.”
“But it’s an area where we are very strong, and we are very lucky in that sense.”
We expect Dubravka to return to his impeccable form during the 12 game run-in to the season.
His own standards are sky-high, and he’s been an excellent acquisition by the club.