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This Player Did The One Thing He Couldn’t Do Says Bruce


The Newcastle back three put in a shift yesterday, especially in the second half, where they were under a constant wave of pressure from Wolves.

The two wing-backs DeAndre Yedlin and Jetro Willems had trouble latching up their flanks, which made the afternoon even more tenuous for the backline.

However, it was a poor decision by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka that was the ultimate undoing.


Similarly to the last time we played against Wolves, Martin’s judgment has led to a Wolves’ equalizer. In February, the Slovakian jumped to claim a ball at the crossbar rather than just punching it behind the goal.

He ended up getting bumped and the ball fell to Willy Boly who slotted it into the net.

Yesterday, it was an unwise choice to go for Matt Doherty’s cross if he couldn’t handle it cleanly. Instead he was only able to parry into the center of the area where Jonny was waiting to put it away.

Steve Bruce spoke about his goalkeeper’s error yesterday. This is what he thought of it:

“He (Dubravka) knows he could have done better. It’s a poor decision from Martin.

“If you’re going to come and flap at it, then the one thing you can’t do is just push it in the middle of the goal.

“That’s a bit of a frustration. Of all their work, it’s a mistake that has got them their goal. It’s unfortunate.”

We’ve seen this a little too often from 30-year-old, and it’s cost us on a few occasions. However, Martin has also made the saves that usually keep us in games.

If you sit back and allow the opposition to continuously attack, mistakes are likely to happen. While it was an error that led to the tying goal, we are more concerned about the ultra-cautious mentality displayed in the second half.

Who Was Newcastle's Best Player Against Wolves?

  • Allan Saint-Maximin (35%, 345 )
  • Federico Fernandez (17%, 165 )
  • Miguel Almiron (16%, 155 )
  • Jamaal Lascelles (15%, 149 )
  • Ciaran Clark (5%, 47 )
  • Jetro Willems (4%, 43 )
  • Matty Longstaff (2%, 22 )
  • Sean Longstaff (2%, 17 )
  • Dwight Gayle (1%, 13 )
  • DeAndre Yedlin (1%, 12 )
  • Martin Dubravka (1%, 12 )
  • Jonjo Shelvey (1%, 9 )
  • Joelinton (1%, 6 )
  • Christian Atsu (0%, 1 )

Total Voters: 996

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38 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #1

    HWTHLR

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  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve said it before on here that I’m not convinced about Dubravka – I know all keepers make mistakes but he seems to make too many – I’m starting to see why he was so cheap. Yes he has saved us in several games but he’s also cost us in many as well – I’d like to see the stats!

    4
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Mark Douglas@MsiDouglas

    Big issue for me.

    Joelinton transfer was driven by MD and Head of Recruitment. Steve Bruce was keen to do it when he took over but would it have been how he would have spent £40m? Rafa clearly wasn’t able to do that, which is how we ended up here.

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  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #4

    There were 38 goals scored in the PL over the weekend
    A lot of them will have come from goalie error
    Krull save 2 penalties yet let in 3 softies
    It’s the part of the game
    Dubs and Krull like the other 18 are at the sharp end every week

    6
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #5

    Heavy machinery turning up at Strawberry place today, skip portaloo etc. Looks like the start of works

    1
  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #6

    My MotM was Almiron – did some sterling work in defense as well as looking dangerous going forward – that chance he missed one on one was a difficult one and he did well to get a shot off before being smothered.

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #7

    I think we gavr players who can play, they just gong know how to play. I think wed be foing pretty well atm if we had a manager like Rafa who could guide them.

    A lot of these players definitely are not as good as we like to believe but I think they are far better than our performances would lead us to believe. I genuinely think we would be doing well if we just had a manager and coaching staff with brains.

    You just know the coaching staff are thinking how on earth did they get this job, complete and utter ineptitude on their part.

    If that team had a plan, were thought what to do and when to do it, how to play who does what, who passes to who and if they came up with some plays they would be a top 10 side.

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #8

    JailforAshley

    In regards to your question about how easy it will be to replace the likes of Ritchie and Gayle. Yes, I think they are easily replaceable. The problem with the guys running recruitment here is they do too much guess work without actually knowing which players are out there and there is literally hundreds of them.

    2
  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:32 AM

    Comment #9

    The same sort of mistake continually is cause for concern.

    2
  • JohnJ

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:34 AM

    Comment #10

    All goalkeepers make mistakes and wisdom after the event is always something that crops up. Dubs has saved us many times in the past so don’t knock him too hard – the outfield players have got to take some of the flack as well. As a team Newcastle United were very poor yesterday. The manager also has to take some of the flack for this performance. Why were the subs not introduced sooner? Rather than to waste a few minutes time at the end of the game!

    2
  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #11

    My MOTM for the last few matches was Miggy, like Longstaff he does far far more than some people realise. People also giving out about Sean not being wonderful, he was our best midfielder, didnt loose the ball in the pass like everyone else did. Hayden will be back next match hopefully hevwilm feel he has a point to prove and makes up for his Red card.

    3
  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #12

    JohnJ

    Stuck up for Dubravka a lot and by all means I still like him and his pride to play for Newcastle compared to other players at the club. However, he has too many mistakes now that have cost us points. I judge a goalkeeper on how safe and reliable he is and likely to keep a clean sheet.

    Great shot stoppers are different to great keepers which is why I personally think Pickford is massively overrated.

    2
  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #13

    Jib @4 – Yeah sure I accept that but with Dubs it seems to happen too often!

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #14

    We simply don’t have enough experience and “football” on the pitch. This side would use the ball better, but they either aren’t fit, available or aren’t being used.

    ………………Dubravka.
    …..Scharr…Fernandez..Lejeune.
    Manquillo………………………..Ritchie.
    ………………Hayden..KiSy.
    ….Joelinton…………………….St Max.
    …………………..Carroll.

    Ritchie swinging them in for Carroll, KiSy keeping possession (Manquillo also does this well and gets forward well) and keeping the ball moving, Lejeune and Scharr hitting their opposite wingbacks with those lovely long cross field balls and stretching opposition defences, all would help.

    We don’t have quite sufficient depth, experience and quality, nor the manager to make the most of what we do have.

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #15

    martoon

    You thought Almiron was dangerous in attack? I thought it was the most disappointing he has looked in a long time. The chance where he poked in to the side netting was terrific movement of him, unfortunate about his touch and comppsure after that. But I thought he looked out of ideas yesterday and rarely even made any ground gaining runs as he normally does (saint maximim seems to have taken that role now).

    He was very sharp in stealing the ball back but is that really what we bought him for?

    1
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #16

    Ron i’ve been critical of joelinton since day one and apart from his goal he has done little. His attitude is crap, his application is crap and we either were taken to the cleaners on the deal ( which isnt normal for us) or someone is pocketing heavily. Either way he is awful and we are a bottom 5 side .

    4
  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #17

    Shout out to Neil who got up early today.

    4
  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #18

    I was actually very impressed with Almirons ability to steal the ball from the opposition yesterday. Anyone here think he could be moulded into a defensive midfielder?

    4
  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #19

    Nicky mate thats just playing with formations for the fun of it . We are shit! 🙂

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #20

    Cockney, with SB anything is possible!

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #22

    The more I see of Miggy playing the more and more I’m starting to change my mind, I think a few goals and confidence might just turn him into the player we think he can be, for me he is gradually starting to show he can get to grips with this league.

    And seriously is their another player in the league who’s as fit and runs as much. He literally never stops running and tracking back from the first minute to the last, he literally never stops running. With proper coaching and guidance, I’d start to feel pretty good that he can make it in the Prem.

    6
  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #23

    Someone spelling malice as maliss — wtf !!!

    2
  • Ron Knee

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #24

    “With proper coaching and guidance, I’d start to feel pretty good that he can make it in the Prem.”

    There’s a catch there. What could it be?

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  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #25

    Rotonda lol they cant blame spell check for that one.

    1
  • IrishRob

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #26

    Ron, tell me about it. BRUCE OUT!!

    2
  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:02 AM

    Comment #27

    Someone clearly has had a word with Miggy about his diving

    2
  • Zele

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #28

    It was clear for all to see but perhaps not our coaches that Joelinton was isolated because Almiron and ASM were not supporting him.

    Possibly the reason is that both Almiron and ASM like to run at defences and therefore are more inclined to play nearer the centre circle than the penalty box.

    This is fine when playing away when the home team is expected to attack very often committing their midfield players and some of their defenders towards the opposition goal which allows our speedy players to out pace the opposition’s stretched defence.

    But Wolves didn’t do that. And we didn’t change our tactics.

    The formation and tactics used on Sunday were fine for an away match but not when playing at home. Joelinton needs a partner when playing at St James Park.

    4
  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #29

    cockneymafiaout @15 – Just shows how we can all watch the same game and come away with different perceptions. I thought ASM flattered to deceive – he makes good tricky runs but either eventually loses the ball or his shot was blocked at least Miggy normally gets a shot on target or recently he has learnt to pass better.

    1
  • martoon

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #30

    Zele @28 – I think you’re spot on there – Joelinton was winning flick-ons (especially in the first half) but there was no-one there to run on to them which makes him look worse than he is – he’s no Rondon but not as bad as some on here make out.

    2
  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #31

    Munster absolutely spitting feathers that Rafa never gave the green light for Joelinton.

    6
  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #32

    Penfold would spend £100m on a player called Garibaldi.

    1
  • cyprus

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #33

    Dubravka has made mistakes but yesterday he needed a shout from the player behind him. Did he get it? He was unlucky that he palmed it to the one opponent who was around.

    Anyway, like the rest, he needs to up his game.

    I used to stand by the ten game mark as an indication of the season ahead, but last year kind of cooled me on that.

    Anyway, if you’re squeamish, don’t read on.

    Excepting last season, the other two times (since 2007) we had 9 points or fewer we were relegated.

    Also, rarely do we match projected points, relating to ten match haul. Most times we end up with fewer than the projected points.

    Anyway, this year is a bit unique, so I’ll give the new guy time.

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #34

    martoon

    Thats fair enough and I think it is fair that Saint maximim maybe delays too long to get the ball in but I think he was our only outlet yesterday.

    Almiron was good at stealing the ball but I thought overall he was disappointing again. I am also probably against him a bit because his volley chance in the first half was inexcusable, no premier league footballer should be slicing those sort of opportunities.

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  • Jib

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #35
  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #36

    Cyprus

    Disagree, a good keeper should be able to judge that situation for himself.

    Ten game marks mean nothing anyways. We could still end up above Crystal Palace this season, equally we could still finish below Watford.

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  • cockneymafiaout

    Oct 28, 2019 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #37

    Zele/martoon

    Centre forward needs to do more than win flick ons even as I said in this poor Newcastle team.

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  • Munster Mag

    Oct 28, 2019 at 11:35 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail, incorrect as usual. Mind you if rafa signed him you wud be defending him all day. Rafa already showed at nufc and liverpool that he was more than capable of signing his own dross you silly little seal watcher.

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