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Alan Shearer – Martin Dubravka Has Been A Superb Buy


Rafa took the opportunity in the friendly against CSKA Moscow on Saturday to look at his two back-up goalkeepers to Martin Dubravka, and Karl Darlow shone in the first half.

In second half young Freddie Woodman didn’t have much to do but Karl showed if required he could do a job for Newcastle this season.

Martin had made a few mistakes of late, and it’s only a big surprise because last year he didn’t seem to make any at all and his form was outstanding.

Alan Shearer is backing the 30-year-old goalkeeper to come through the tough times, and he reminds everybody what an excellent acquisition he has been.

Martin Dubravka – relaxing in the shade in Spain last week

Alan was speaking at the North East Football Writers’ Association awards night.

And the Player of the Year was ……. Martin Dubravka.

This is what Alan said to Sky Sports:

“He’s had a tough time in the last couple of games with the mistake at Wolves and the mistake at Wembley but in general I think he’s been a fantastic buy.”

“When you look at the fees that have been paid for some players.”

“His handling, for the most part, has been superb. If he can get over the mistakes that have happened in the last few games then great.”

“But in the main, I think he’s been a superb buy.”

“He seems to be a very good character, not afraid to make a couple of mistakes – as all good players do.”

“He’ll learn from those mistakes.”

Encouraging words there from the Newcastle icon.

Rafa will keep faith in the Slovakian International, and he will start the next game at home to Huddersfield.

We suspect when Martin runs out for the game against Huddersfield next Saturday afternoon he’ll get great encouragement from the Newcastle fans.

It’s in everybody’s best interests at Newcastle that Martin is at his best in these final 12 games of the season.

Comments welcome.


38 comments so far

  • SuperShearer

    Feb 18, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #1

    I’m sorry, this is beginning to REALLY anger me. Martin did NOT make a mistake in the Wolves game. He was CLEARLY impeded. Just look at the photos of it, the defender covers his eyes! If this legal in the sport then I think we might have to revise quite a few other rules. It’s horrifically unfair to label this as Dubravka’s fault. The ref obviously didn’t see it but if VAR was around would this goal have stood?

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    supershearer …

    i know how you feel mate when i first saw it it was dubravka’s fault … but on seeing it over and over it should of been a free kick to us …

    but never mind we get get back to normal at the weekend home game packed stadium …

    hopefully we get the 3 points …

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #3

    If you have to watch it over and over to determine that
    it was the goalie being fouled , what chance does the ref have ?

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  • SuperShearer

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #4

    @Jib – I think you’re missing the point. No one is saying the ref should have seen it. The point I and Geordie are making is it is WRONG to continually say “Dubravka has made two costly mistakes” – ONE… he’s made ONE, against Spurs. NOT against Wolves, that was not his mistake but a foul.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    suppershearer…

    one one against spurs was a mistake …

    the second against wolves was’nt …

    in ” REAL TIME ” watching it looked like dubs had dropped a clanger …

    which he did’nt IMO …

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    jib … not arguing with you mate but what lines men … after all they are full time refs get paid for …

    i know everything happens at speed but thats their jobs to see these things …

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    line men for#6

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #8

    The ref has the advantage of being specifically positioned to watch for such incidents only yards away. What we at home or even those in the stadium have to guess at or have replayed, the dolt in black was paid to be on the spot to detect.

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  • RUNAWAY777

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #9

    Getting sick of this player andreas Samaris he had his chance Benfica was going to give him a 2 year contract guess thats dead so now he free in the summer no thanks jog on.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #10

    Are you going to pick up on the “linesmen” thing then jib? It’s not terminologically correct as you well know! 🙂

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #11

    It was definitely a foul, but at the same time he should be trying to tip that over the bar and not catch it when under pressure, just my take.

    If the ref had seen things properly, this wouldn’t have been a talking point though.

    Regardless of 1 mistake or 2 mistakes, he’s been a solid keepe since he signed and up their with the best in the league.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #12

    Seven Labour MP’s just quit the party.
    Looks like Corbyn will be on his last legs soon.
    Chaos again in politics.
    Just hope that Chi isn’t distracted and retains her focus on exposing the dealings surrounding Ashley to establish the truth.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #13

    Apologies for the terrible spelling/grammar in that last sentence.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #14

    all linesmen who run the line in matches …

    are fully qualified referee’s …

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #15

    spelling/grammar …

    hang on a mo takes me back to last nights thread theres a rabbit away somewhere …

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  • Sav

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #16

    Lascelles and the other outfield players should be asking themselves how a big unit like Boli was allowed to jog in from the edge of the 18 yard box unimpeded to challenge (foul) Dubravka on the goalline?

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #17

    #15 that was about my bad spelling last night ( grammer ) …

    so we kntt picking again lmfao…

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #18

    ffs knit …

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  • DaveD1000

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #19

    Sav
    been waiting on someone pointing that out. GK is last line of defence the 10 in front are supposed to deflect the danger.
    Few mistakes in there but duby is the last one we should be moaning at.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #20

    Geordietom

    Just thought I’d correct myself, I’d never ever bother to correct others. It doesn’t make a difference if the comment is readable and still gets the same message across.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    sage i know what you mean mate you try and type get your message across before ED moves the goal posts…

    i still type with one finger mate …

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #22

    sage i was’nt on about you sorry if you picked it up wrong …

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  • geordietom

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #23

    DaveD agree fully with you on that one mate …

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Dubravka is possibly the best all round goalkeeper we’ve ever had… we’re lucky to have him! I don’t mean he’s our best ever, that’s probably Given tbh, but as a GK he has no weaknesses, he’s literally 7/10 in every area whereas as long as I can remember we’ve had good goalkeepers with 1 shocking weakness! For example, Krul was quality in my opinion, but his distribution was the oppositions most creative attack, Darlow is decent but has the composure and decision making of a headless chicken, Given had very little presence in the box coming off his line etc, Dubravka, whilst not quite being as great a shot stopper as Given, or quite having as fast reactions as Krul seems to be consistent in every area!

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  • Optimistic Magpie

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #25

    It’s funny we are still talking about Dubs, I thought this was cleared up a few threads back when you can clearly see in Ed’s photo that dubs was impeded.
    If we are not using VAR then like the World Cup we should have refs positioned behind the goal.
    Dubs makes one mistake against spurs and yes just that one, we have some players like Perez that makes ten mistakes a game but don’t go on about that for a week.
    In Dubs we trust, well I do, can’t speak for everyone else.

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  • jayphoto

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #26

    Personally think the defence has been decent overall, and I think we look better at 3-4-2-1, but looking at performances individually I’d say that I don’t Lascelles particularly enjoys or excels at being 1 of 3 centre halfs…. in a CB partnership of 2 he’s immense but i don’t think as a 3 he’s particularly comfortable? Saying that, i’d expect Rafa to go back to a back 4 if Dummett and Ki or Shelvey is fit as 4-2-3-1 probably suits our strongest players. I’d hazard a guess a 4-2-3-1 might see Kenedy perform better as he seems better suited wider than more central in the 3-4-2-1 too

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  • cyprus

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #27

    I think it was a mistake. He sets up to catch it, which is quite different to tipping it over or punching it. It was a foul, but this type may not be given.

    I’m sure he’s learned his lesson.

    He’s saved us many times, will do in the future. No complaint from me.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 11:59 AM

    Comment #28

    Geordietom

    No problem, I read over some of last nights stuff this morning, I sa grammar was one of the “issues”.

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:03 PM

    Comment #29

    My spellcheckerr sabotages me all the time I’ve stopped apologising for it now – it’s won so what’s the point? 🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:04 PM

    Comment #30

    Random extra “r” there just proves my point…

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:10 PM

    Comment #31

    I pointed this out on the day – he should have had protection from his defenders. Yes, it was a mistake but in hindsight. He was impeded and the ref, who is trained to position himself for such events (remember DeBruynes caution for not waiting for the ref to get into position?) failed miserably to do his job and safeguard the keeper from exactly such events.

    Dubravka will learn from this “mistake” i.e. to correctly instruct his defenders to be vigilant for such incursions and to ensure that he tales no risks by punching the ball away in similar circumstances.

    Also just as a footnote, perhaps Dubravka thought by having both hands on the ball he would be better protected against a foul by the ref than if he missed a punch?

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  • DaveD1000

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #32

    A whole page of slightly different views and opinions and no one has been called a kipper yet

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  • RobLeenio

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #34

    I think Dubs was fouled but will hold himself to a higher standard and think himself he could have down better. He will next time

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  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:28 PM

    Comment #35

    Kipper, you say?

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  • Jib

    Feb 18, 2019 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #36

    Cricket and both codes of Rugby are quite complicated games
    more so than footy
    Yet TMO works in those sports perfectly
    Why tf can’t the PL who should be leaders in this , not get their
    act together.
    5 seconds for NUFC’s captain to ask for a review (limited number)

    20 more seconds for the ref to say – Aye it were a foul

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  • Transfer Sage

    Feb 18, 2019 at 1:43 PM

    Comment #37

    Jib

    I like the idea of VAR but the way it’s been done so far isn’t great. Limiting it to penalties, goals (including offsides) and red cards is fine (or something like that), but then it can still miss big decisions.

    Look at Man Utd vs. PSG, it was in use there. The ref missed an obvious (in my opinion) foul from a PSG defender in the first half, which should have been a second yellow. As it was just a yellow card offence no VAR was used and he then went on to score in the second half.

    I don’t think they have the balance yet. They also need to be heard by fans, decisions should be explained as in cricket and rugby.

    I don’t think it should be based on challenges. That’s half the problem in cricket for me. People challenge based on a gamble (how close it is, game situation, player involved) instead of just to get the correct decision.

    I think for offsides the technology needs to catch up. Tight decisions are still subjective as unless the camera is perfectly level, it’s hard to judge with 100% confidence if a players chest is millimetres in front of the defender. Despite officials claiming they can always tell 100%.

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  • Just a fan

    Feb 18, 2019 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #38

    Dubs made a mistake against man utd
    Just saying
    Still a top keeper

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