Martin Dubravka should have done better with the 82nd-minute equalizer by Aston Villa on Sunday night, and it, unfortunately, cost us 2 points.
But we will take the draw and 4 points from home games against Sheffield United and Villa since the league restarted.
Next up are Manchester City at home tonight in the FA Cup quarter-final, and there are rumors City will be missing maybe seven of their players.
But any team City play is always competitive because of their huge squad-depth, and it will be a surprise if we can get through to the semi-finals of the FA Cup.
A surprise, yes, but that’s what manager Steve Bruce will be gunning for.
In these tough games, Martin Dubravka and the defense, in general, will need to be at their very best if we are to give ourselves any chance of winning.
Ahmed Elmohamady header goes under Martin Dubravka on Sunday
This is what Steve Bruce has said about the 31-year-old Slovakian, International, and the game tonight as reported in the Chronicle:
“He has played very well, Martin.”
“I am sure he will be just as disappointed as I was because let’s be honest, it was a soft goal.”
“Jonjo probably got in his way, but knowing the way Martin is he will be disappointed that he let that one through.”
“It’s our first goal conceded in five games at St James’.
“We will have to be at our resilient best at the weekend.”
“Martin has a big part to play. If you are going to get something from Man City then you need your goalkeeper to play very well.”
“He’s done that all year since coming into the club in the last two years, he’s had a wonderful rise.”
“Let’s see if he puts that one behind him.”
Martin Dubravka has been an excellent goalkeeper for us since he joined us on loan in January of 2018 and made it permanent in that summer for a measly fee of £4M from Sparta Prague.
But he shows he’s human now and again with slight mistakes.
However, his temperament and character are such that he is determined to improve his game, and we will see him become an even better goalkeeper for Newcastle in the years ahead,
Not too many of our fans think we can win this game tonight.