A delighted Steve Bruce has spoken after Thursday night’s terrific result. The lads defended very well, especially in the second half. But it was an enormous effort from our goalkeeper Martin Dubravka to keep us in the game early on.
Making his 65th straight start for the Magpies, Martin was able to keep the Blades from scoring as he secured his 4th clean sheet of the season.
It took an uncharacteristic header from Allan Saint-Maximin against the run of play to give Newcastle an early lead. They built on that with the bizarre Jonjo Shelvey goal. Though Jonjo did precisely what he should have.
While it could be seen as harsh on Sheffield United, they should have continued to play as referee Stuart Atwell had not blown his whistle.
But it was the superb display from our Man of the Match against Manchester City, Martin Dubravka, that deserves some recognition.
This is what Steve Bruce had to say about the defense and his in-form keeper.
SB: "Second-half we defended much, much better. Martin [Dubravka] has pulled off some great saves and kept us in it at a crucial time. It's not bad to have a goalkeeper in such a rich vein of form." pic.twitter.com/cJ6LkU29f8
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) December 5, 2019
We have to admit we were a little concerned early in the second half when Dubravka took a blow to his thigh and was limping. During that passage of play, the 30-year-old was still able to make an excellent save on a shot heading for the top corner.
Martin received a bit of treatment a few minutes later and was able to continue. He remained awake as Sheffield United continued to try to find a breakthrough that never came.
We thought it was going to be one of those nights with Martin under so much pressure both before and after the opening goal. But he and the defenders held strong and it’s another three points on the board.
Who Was The Man Of The Match At Sheffield United?
- Martin Dubravka (75%, 1,782 )
- Jonjo Shelvey (6%, 132 )
- Federico Fernandez (5%, 121 )
- A. Saint-Maximin (5%, 108 )
- Andy Carroll (3%, 68 )
- Ciaran Clark (2%, 59 )
- Javier Manquillo (2%, 56 )
- Isaac Hayden (1%, 28 )
- Miguel Almiron (1%, 12 )
- Joelinton (0%, 6 )
- Christian Atsu (0%, 6 )
- Jetro Willems (0%, 5 )
- Paul Dummett (0%, 5 )
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