Martin Dubravka has spoken about the Brighton match, and like Fabian Schar, he recognizes that it was a poor performance. While Fabian went the blunt and direct route, Martin described the display in more measured terms.
One area Dubravka touched upon was allowing Brighton to have so much of the possession. Newcastle only had 28% of the possession and were far too content to sit back and soak up pressure.
The Chronicle have published these comments by our goalkeeper:
“It’s difficult to just say something because, obviously, a clean sheet is a bonus for us but we wanted the win. We have to be honest, both teams could have won the game. You have seen the chances on both sides. A draw is fair from that point of view.
“We know we didn’t play well in the first half, let’s be honest. But we played better in the second and we have to build up our confidence. We need to try to play football, but it was obviously difficult to do that against Brighton.
“I don’t know what the possession was but they kept the ball and were having 20 passes in their own box. They weren’t that dangerous but running without the ball is always difficult.”
Steve Bruce is trying to make the changes necessary to get this Newcastle team running on all cylinders. He ended up going to a back four against Brighton in an attempt to get something going. It worked to an extent, but it still was not enough. We suspect it may be back to the tactics drawing board again this week.
He needs to figure something out as the players looked lost on Saturday at St James Park. While we understand he has had limited options, that will soon not be an excuse with so many players returning over the next month.
The losses of both Sean Longstaff and Matt Ritchie have also been significant to this team. Both players cover a lot of ground and are relentless in their harassment of the opposition. Hopefully, there will be some positive news on their return for the Leicester City match this weekend.