It was evident in the game against Burnley that Martin Dubravka was determined when he came for crosses during the 2-0 win on Tuesday night.
He handled the crosses with great skill and got plaudits from the match commentators for his excellent goalkeeping against Burnley.
He dominated the penalty box.
And it just so happens that he got that advice from manager Rafa Benitez who was concerned by some of Burnley’s big forwards like Chris Wood up front.
And Burnley put in a lot of crosses in their games.
Martin Dubravka – dominated his box on Tuesday night – excellent goalkeeping
Martin has shown good mental strength in overcoming a couple of mistakes he made but he seems determined to be at his very best in the last games of the season.
This is what he has told the club’s website:
“It was a tough game.”
“We knew we were facing a quality team and that it would be very physical, especially with facing a lot of crosses, but we were ready for it,”
“I think all of the players did very well and helped me a lot in blocking opponents when I went to catch the crosses.”
“We will always support each other on the pitch and be together as a team, and this needs to be like this for every game.”
“I was trying to help my team-mates and do what the manager said, especially in dealing with balls into the box.”
“Although I have to say that the players created a lot of space for myself, and made it a lot easier in collecting some difficult balls.”
“I’m happy that we got the win, and a clean sheet is a bonus for us – and for our confidence too.”
“So, hopefully we can aim to get a good result in London on Saturday.”
Newcastle have taken 13 points from their last six Premier League games (4W, 1D, 1L) and now we need to find a way of coming away with the 3 points at the London Stadium on Saturday.
West Ham hammered us 3-0 at home so we have to try to reverse that score on Saturday.