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Newcastle Cannot Let Standards Drop Once We Are Safe

It seems that Martin Dubravka is back in form again after a couple of mistakes earlier this year.

But the Slovakian goalkeeper looked more determined than ever on Tuesday night and looked what he is – an outstanding Premier League goalkeeper who we expect to get better under the management of Rafa Benitez.

Although we have taken 13 points and four wins from the last six games we haven’t been particularly lucky.

In the two games we didn’t win at Tottenham and at Wolves we lost to Spurs to a late goal and Wolves equalized after 95 minutes with a goal that looked like Dubravka had been fouled.

So we maybe lost another 3 points there when we could have managed a draw and a win respectively.

Rafa Benitez talks with Martin Dubravka

But that’s water under the Tyne Bridge now, and the only thing that matters is the next fame.

We know that’s true because that’s what Rafa says.


Martin Dubravka has talked about how we could have had more points:

“We were a little bit unlucky in the previous games and we thought we could have taken a lot more points and clean sheets.”

“However, that’s football as sometimes it’s not always working or going in the right direction for you but I still think we have all been working really hard.”

“We have ideas of what we should be doing on the pitch, and are trying to do that in training and matches.”

“We’re always attempting to do what the gaffer says so it is important that the players have reacted well and it was great that we managed to score two goals.”

“After a bad run at the start of the season, we have really needed these recent victories and clean sheets.”

“It shows that it will not be easy for teams to come to St. James’ Park and break us down, which is essential because it is important to pick up points at home.”

Newcastle now have every opportunity to have a very good run-in to the season.

But once we are safe, we cannot let standards drop.

As soon as we were safe last year with 5 games to play we lost four games on the trot before we took Chelsea apart 3-0 in the final game of the season.

We must keep going this season once we are safe in the league.

There are points to be had and money to be made by finishing high up on the Premier League.

Money that Mike Ashley can then give to Rafa to strengthen the side significantly in the summer.

That would be good.

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87 comments so far

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:02 PM

    Comment #1

    carltoon… re: THE RIDGES …

    why i say the ridges is my Grandparents AUNTS my DAD where all born and bred there … up until i was 7 i lived there … then moved to shields to be closer to me dads job … preston grange what is it 5 – 10 mins away from the meadowell ?

  • swemag

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #2

    We’re one player away from Champions League football.
    As long as that player is Messi.

  • carltoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:07 PM

    Comment #3

    Yes Geordie I was born there but moved before I can remember. It’s very quiet now but still a bit scary walking through. Preston Grange a bit nicer. And they shop at Sainsbury’s so definitely a bit posher. Ha ha

  • swemag

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #4

    We’ve let in less goals than Man Utd and Arsenal. Solid defense that is. Obviously we have been lacking upfront.
    Now with a front trio of Rondon, Almiron and Perez that should give us some hope.

  • carltoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Deejay best defence I can remember having in the 55 years I’ve been supporting. Just need to put a few more goals in.

  • carltoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #6

    Swemag not deejay

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #7

    To be fair, in North Tyneside pretty much everywhere is only 10 minutes from the Meadowell.

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #8

    carltoon …

    i still got a niece living there infact she bought her house and yes she shops at sainsbury’s…

    rob … you a shields lad ?…

  • JohnJ

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #9
  • scott

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #10

    So disappointed Hoffenheim have turned down our £43m offer for that striker! I really expected that deal to go through!

    Ah well maybe it will be done next week when we offer £53m!

  • JohnJ

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #11

    Re my comment at #9 I’d love to see Schar score for Toon like that!

  • DaveD1000

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #12

    he has tried a couple of punts like that the last couple of times he played. I’m expecting half a dozen worldies a season from him.

  • Mister Tuff

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    To be fair folk from the Ridges/Meadowell also shopped at Sainsburys’ – trouble was their shopping hours were in the middle of the night when the store was closed.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #14

    tom, I lived on Bamborough Terrace for 6 months while we looked for a place to buy, but been in Cullercoats since then – 19 years now. It has a Shields postcode but it’s more Whitley Bay in my mind.

    I wouldn’t want to claim cod heed status unduly.

    Had The Gunner as my local, a proper pub that.

  • carltoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #15

    Now now Mr. Tuff

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:39 PM

    Comment #16

    As surprising as Schaer being top of the Power Rankings is that Isaac Hayden is also in the top 10 in 8th place and Sean Longstaff is in the top 40 players in the League at 37.

    The only other clubs to have 2 players in the top 10 are Liverpool and Arsenal.

    The lads are evidently on the up, not just in terms of what we see with our own eyes, but also in measurable stats.

    That should make catchy happy, at least.

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:40 PM

    Comment #17

    toon22 Feb 28, 2019 at 3:38 PM
    Comment #46

    Yes Martoon
    I’m two people
    And MA is the best thing since sliced bread

    Yes toon22 and it’s not very nice having these kind of accusations aimed at you – is it???

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #18

    We actually have 8 players in the top 50, which is impressive, the others being Rondon (27), Dubs (41), Lejeune (44), Ritchie (45) and Perez (47).

    Nice to see.

  • Cushy Butterfield

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:05 PM

    Comment #19

    GeordieTom & Carlton re RIDGES
    I was brought up at 48 Cedarwood Avenue in the Ridges from 1949 to 1959. Spent all our time on Smiths Field playing football and cricket.

  • toon22

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #20

    It’s never MAs fault

    Is it Martoon


  • toon22

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #21

    If your referring to JIB you’ll find there’s lots of people who have seen him post under multiple accounts
    Like I said

    Hes not a mackem shill
    And he defends MA

    Go figure

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #22

    Fulham sack ranieri. Didn’t give jokanovic enough time imo to gel a new squad. Now they’ve sacked ranieri. Really want them to go down even more now.

  • simon376

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #23

    Was there any point in sacking him now, surely Fulham are too far gone?

  • ronaldo aarons

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #24

    If anyone can sack him, shahid khan.

    Sorry lol, couldn’t resist 😀

  • simon376

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #25

    Ha ha good one

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #26

    rob …

    cullercoats nice place mate my uncle used to the boss off the Dove Marine Lab on the beach there which was owned by newcastle uni …

    is it still there ?…

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 5:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Cushy … proper shields lad …

  • martoon

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib can look after himself but it’s others you accuse with no basis whatsoever such as people with place names in their moniker.
    I’ll be watching your spelling closely 😉

  • beermonkey

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:42 PM

    Comment #29


    i see they have given it to scotty parker as caretaker i hope he does well

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:47 PM

    Comment #30


    not that well though mate … hope we dont need the points when we play them …

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #31


    here here … have to agree with you on that one #28

  • yogz69

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #32

    Hope Fulham go down and Cardiff. Don’t really care who else so long as it ain’t us.

  • lochinvar

    Feb 28, 2019 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #33

    12th May
    Craven Cottage
    Fulham v. NUFC

    Might be us who put them down to play Villa next season

  • beermonkey

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:05 PM

    Comment #34


    no i maybe should have said i hope he does well enough to get the job so he can have a year in the champo

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #35

    beer …

    know what you mean mate hope they are down when we meet them cant see Mitro staying if they go down though …

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:10 PM

    Comment #36

    Shocking treatment of a gentleman and a legend. He was parachuted in to take charge of a team of misfits and prima donnas who had been thrown together with no thought for team cohesion and balance and expected to work instant wonders.

    Football doesn’t work like that, I’m afraid.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #37

    I could see Mitro going for a big payday in China or the USA. Not sure he’ll want to go down to the Champo again.

    Not sure Fulham’ll be able to carry the cost of all those players in the Champo too.

  • geordietom

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:17 PM

    Comment #38

    rob …

    i recon fulham have mighty hefty wage bill …

    any of their players for us one for me Tierney maybe ???…

  • Mindshaft

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:22 PM

    Comment #39

    Ahh I remember the ridges well , although I am from Whitley bay ( itself a bit if a shthole now ), had a few friends from St Edwards boxing club lived there – it was a dump but wasn’t that rough and you could walk through at any time of night – felt a lot safer there than I did walking through Camberwell in London the other night ( stab city )

  • toon22

    Feb 28, 2019 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #40

    LoL @ the blog police

    You don’t mind people defending MA it seems


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