Rafa Benitez seems to have no doubts at all that goalkeeper Martin Dubravka will overcome some of the mistakes he has been making this year.
Last time out Martin should have punched the ball away in the final minute of the game when he was challenged by Willy Boly.
But he was fouled by Boly as the ball hit the Wolves forward and went into the net and they had equalized in the 95th minute of the game.
Martin Dubravka is a real professional, and Rafa says he has the mental strength to overcome the mistakes that every goalkeeper makes at some time during a season.
Rafa Benitez and Martin Dubravka last month
Here’s what Rafa has said about Dubravka as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I don’t need to talk too much about him, he’s the number one ‘keeper and he has my support,”
“You talk to him personally and you see that he’s very, very mature and professional and he’s very focused.”
So that is why I’m quite calm and happy because you know that he can do well.”
He can make mistakes like everyone but you can see the way that he behaves, the way that he carries himself, that he talks.”
“After Wolves I was talking with him, I was supporting him, so he was ok, I think. He was ok.”
It was just one decision and one situation. Hopefully, he will not need to do anything against Huddersfield because the defenders will do their job.”
“Hopefully he’ll just be watching the game.”
“I’ve not said that he’s bullet proof at Newcastle, but it’s the way that you see him training, see him when he’s talking to team-mates.
It’s a huge game for us this afternoon and close to 17 fans in 20 think we will win this game.