It was another mistake by our goalkeeper Martin Dubravka in the final seconds of stoppage time last night when Wolves equalized.
Last year Martin was magnificent in the Newcastle goal, but this year in a short six weeks he’s made three mistakes against Man United, Tottenham and Wolves that have lost Newcastle some valuable points
And points are precious if we are to avoid the drop this season.
Apart from that mistake last night Dubravka looked solid, but at times his lack of concentration is worrying.
I used to be a goalkeeper back in the day and concentration is so important – but those were back in medievil times.
Martin was bought in from Sparta Prague for only £4M a year ago, and at that price, he looks a bargain buy.
Martin Dubravka making a good save last night against Wolves
But he cannot let these errors creep into his game otherwise Rafa could try to bring in another goalkeeper in the summer.
Always assuming Rafa will stay with us beyond June.
21-year-old England U21 goalkeeper Freddie Woodman is improving all the time, and he could get a chance.
The next two games at home to Huddersfield and Burnley are absolutely crucial, and we cannot let in any sloppy goals in those games.
We need two wins in those game – that is vital to our survival.
We expect Rafa will keep faith in Dubravka but also try to find out what exactly has happened with his goalkeeping while in Spain.
Martin has to have the confidence to overcome these errors, and we hope he does just that – it’s vital for our season.
He was brought in to fix a goalkeeping problem we had at Newcastle a year ago, and we hope he does well through the end of this season.
We think it’s too early to replace Dubravka but let us know what your views are.