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‘He’s Been Fantastic With Me’ – Magpie Reveals Support He’s Received From Teammate He Replaced

It appears that if this season gets back underway, Martin Dubravka will be fit and ready to reclaim his place in the Newcastle squad. Our superstar keeper has made 79 straight starts in the league since he joined two years ago from Sparta Prague.

His emergence as our clear number one has seen limited opportunities for both Karl Darlow and Rob Elliot. However, a knee injury against Southampton meant the Slovakian was set to spend at least a few weeks on the sidelines.

Darlow was in line to make his first start in the Premier League in over two years against Sheffield United before this season was suspended. The 29-year-old has started in all but one of our cup matches and played quite well, seeing us through to the quarter-finals in the FA Cup.

The Chronicle have published some comments from Martin Dubravka in which he shares how he and Karl are very supportive of each other despite battling for time on the pitch:

“We have had a conversation on the team group chat.

“I can understand his situation because he was ready to go back between the goal.

“I was ready to support him too because he’s been fantastic with me since I came here with the support.

“At the same time, the virus pandemic arrived.

“I would be happy if we could have kept up the season and kept going (even while injured).

“But at the same time, I now have the time to get ready for the next game.

“It is more difficult for the keepers because only one can be on the pitch.

“But at the same time, my team-mates will always be my friends, and that is important.”

It’s a shame for Darlow that he’s seen this opportunity slip away. However, under the circumstances, that’s hardly important right now.

The support Karl has shown Martin has been instrumental in the form of the Slovakian. In early March, Lee Ryder reckoned that it was Darlow’s performances in training that helped coax the best out of Dubravka this season.

This is what Lee said about Darlow when discussing who should start in the FA Cup quarter-final against Manchester City:

“He’s a brilliant shot-stopper, but he is a little bit of a rung down from Dubravka, and I think maybe we’ve been spoiled a little bit with Dubravka.

“It’ll be really interesting to see whether Bruce sticks with Darlow, or goes back to Dubravka because let’s say they got into the semi-final, you’re going to pick your strongest team, aren’t you?

“With a week to think about it – that would be an absolutely huge decision.

“But Darlow is doing really well in training and from what I’m hearing from people at the club is that he’s training really well.

“He’s pushing Dubravka really hard, and I think that’s maybe one of the reasons why Dubravka’s performances are so good because there’s a good crop of goalkeepers there.”

It’s great to hear that both players are great friends and fully support each other as that has obviously paid big dividends on the pitch.

74 comments so far

  • Swlabr

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #1

    OK. I have to say, last night’s blog was like “Good Fellas”. Anybody want to nominate who played the Joe Pesci character. 🙂

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #2

    Those who thing Frasers is going into administration really need to give their heeds a shake, ashLIE owns around 60%, he would be by far the biggest loser and I’m fairly sure he couldn’t buy back the remnants.

    It ain’t gonna happen – but the takeover just might, it would give a massive cash injection into him personally that he can then use to leverage the smaller shareholders out.

  • magscar

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #3


    last thread

    I am not sure whether you misunderstood me (or are being facetious)

    There are frontline staff who have PPE and there are still those who haven’t – so my point re science was not to follow Politicians ( or Press) but the medical staff whose representatives are on TV regularly disputing the position as masked by stats

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #4

    I don’t know about anybody else but I am sick of these question and answer programmes where only the thickest of the thick ask questions like “is it safe to open an upstairs window”

    God save us from these people, i would expect most six year olds could answer that one.

  • Ron Knee

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:25 PM

    Comment #5


    Perhaps bob missed out “don’t” in his post?

  • Dondatta13

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #6

    A nod to the night shift….


    I’ll get me ccoat

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:30 PM

    Comment #7


    Fras going into administration makes sense if he wants to dump a load of debt
    It also would mean he can bide time till the football starts again giving him back his cash flow

    Id honestly prefer him to just go bust but he wont let that happen when he can just go into administration instead

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #8

    enjoyed my little walk with the missus , cant believe people are hanging around chatting to their mates at close quarters …

    i’m still confident about the takeover happening …

  • beermonkey

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #9


    every bit of news on the sale according to you is fake and a lie
    you read a comment about sd going bust and to you it is true

    have you any facts proof

  • beermonkey

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #10


    i live on the south coast had to pick the wife up from work yesterday and there was loads of people on the beach in brighton and walking riding along the front
    its sad to see
    i get that alot of people live in brighton but why go to the beach where everyone else is

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #11


    I base my opinions on the fakeover on the last 12 “sales”

    The rumor about him going into administration is wishful thinking agreed, but it dose fit the facts of how he is trading right now

    Maybe youve forgotten all the lies about us being sold over the last 10 years

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Or maybe he actually sold and didnt bother telling anyone ?

    You should steer well clear of the Nigerian Lottery mate

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #13

    Fairs up @4 nice one.

    Magscar, my main point was that the press (the vast majority) are only highlighting the people complaining, NOT the many who are saying everything’s fine! But I suppose that’s the norm for UK press coverage, negative news is always seen as being better than anything positive.

    Between us chaps, and I’m not sure anyone in the press has wised up to this yet. – Their miserable coverage of everything is what got Boris elected, as he exudes positivity and I think that resonated with a lot of people, clearly sick to death of everything and everyone being run down all the time.

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #14

    Go take a look at trust pilot , Facebook, Twitter just about anywhere
    He is taking orders online then have the item immediately go out of stock, once youve paid
    His tat shop is utterly un-contactable

    He is taking as much money as he can before he goes into administration as it means he can keep the cash

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Beer …

    i know mate it boils my piss that people cant distance them selvs a least . sitting around on the grass passing their germs on we gave them a wide berth . i know the weathers nice but please stay at home . wish we never went out now …

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    Toon22, if FRAS go into administration he loses some £600m!!!!! He owns roughly 60% and they’re valued at roughly a billion, he’ll also have the indignity of seeing his baby go bust, that’s not ashLIE, not at all. You think he’d write of £600m of “wallpaper”? Cos I don’t.

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #17

    You go to the supermarket and que outside 2 metres apart then when you get half way round some pr1ck leans accross you to reach something.

    A woman came right up to me at the checkout the other day with a handfull of grimey money and said have you got a pound coin for the trolley. No I said.

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:17 PM

    Comment #18

    Well said Micky.

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #19

    Fairscup …

    people have no sense . a bloke went into a shop when we went out bought a can of Red Bull took a drink from it passed it on to his mate makes you wonder do people watch the TV or read the papers …

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #20

    £ 600 million can Ashley afford to lose that much in light of whats going on …

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #21

    Just thinking of the last 13 wasted years of opportunity whilst the likes of Leeds have been marooned in the second division and now they’re coming up to the Prem and will be ahead of us in 12 months if we’ve still got this goon of an owner!
    Shameful waste!

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #22

    DM read this


    He can use it to dump the debt and keep his company, right up his street

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #23

    Sadly Leeds are now a far better club than we are, we would have been better off doing a Leeds intead of being held hostage by Jabba

    As thats whats hes doing, holding the club and its fans hostage

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Geordietom I get the impression that the lockdown strategy allows for idiots like those you described. So if we get over 90% toeing the line it’s enough to bring the infections down!

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:27 PM

    Comment #25

    Quick change of topic, I’ve just watched “A Life of Speed: The Juan Manuel Fangio Story”, it’s on Netflix and Torrents, well worth watching if you’ve not seen it.

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #26

    Tom – some (or a lot) of people are as thick as sh1t.

    Administration ain’t gonna happen.

  • Jib

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Why doesn’t one of the movie channels put out
    The Life of Brian
    over the Easter weekend ?


  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #28

    Once upon a time, there was a little green frog who had a very big mouth.

    The frog was hopping down the road when he met a cat. He looked at the cat and then shouted, ‘CAT! WHAT DO YOU EAT?’
    The cat replied, ‘I drink milk,’ and returned to cleaning its whiskers.
    The little frog said, ‘OH! THAT’S NICE!’ and continued down the road.

    Then he met a dog. ‘DOG!’ shouted the frog, ‘WHAT DO YOU EAT?’
    The dog said, ‘I eat meat.’
    The frog shouted, ‘OH! THAT’S NICE!’ and continued down the road.

    He met a cow grazing along the road and, even though the answer was obvious, the big-mouthed frog shouted, ‘COW! WHAT DO YOU EAT?’
    The cow blinked and said, ‘Why, I eat grass, obviously.’
    The frog shouted happily, ‘OH! THAT’S NICE!’ and continued down the road.

    He found a large snake coiled in the center of the road and shouted, ‘SNAKE! WHAT DO YOU EAT?’
    The snake hissed and looked at him before replying, ‘I eat little frogs with big mouths.’
    The frog blinked, then whispered in a very small voice, ‘Oh… that’s nice

  • bettyswallocks

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #29

    ” Breaking News” …….. Following failed attempts to buy NUFC from Mike Ashley the Saudi Arabian delegation will beheading home soon.

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:31 PM

    Comment #30

    Moonraker …

    yeah but its them 10% idiots who spread the virus mate …

  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #31

    Fairs Cup,
    People in England might be asking stupid questions, but in America the Tr**p voters are drinking fish tank cleaning fluid. Apparently the category most at risk from covid19 is massive idiots. They could all be wiped out if something isn’t done.

  • beermonkey

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #32


    given how many customers use sports direct all over the world whats the % of negative customers to sales

    we read them and like cos we have a vested interest

    when all this is over people will be wary about what they spend there money on,
    people will flock back to his place because they think they will get a bargain

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #33

    Fairscup … Administration was that for the frog ???…

    true fairs mate to many idiots around that dont give a shit …

  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #34

    JAFDB – No comment on that one on fear of reprisal.

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #35


    Just like they did at Ratners


  • fairscup

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:37 PM

    Comment #36

    No Tom – it was in response to your “can Ashley take a £600 mill. hit”

  • Just a fan

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #37

    Leeds are going to be bigger than us next season.
    Nobody knows that.are you a clairvoyant.
    Ps I still hate leeds from the revie era.bunch of dirty cheating barstewards.

  • geordietom

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #38

    fairscup …

    Ashley wont take any hits he’s to sly for that mate . he wont lose that amount of money they have to find it first 😀

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #39


    Hiya JIB
    We wont be able to compete with teams like Leeds
    Same as usual

    Jabbas going to need the transfer budget for his tat shops, just like usual

  • toon22

    Apr 11, 2020 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #40

    Im guessing JAF is used by both JIB and Jane

    Hiya KBA you have been busy havent you


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