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.