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Report – Bruce To Make Difficult Selection Decision For Wolves



Karl Darlow has done brilliantly this season for Newcastle United. His early-season heroics, no doubt, earned Newcastle some vital points with some of his acrobatic saves. Darlow’s performances mirrored that of Dubravka’s from last season when his performances helped to keep Newcastle out of a relegation fight.

However, Darlow’s performances have slipped ever so slightly recently. That may be just enough of a reason for Steve Bruce to make the change back to Dubravka, who has only made one appearance this season since returning from his heel injury. That was an excellent performance in our 2-0 defeat at Arsenal in the FA Cup.

In an exclusive for The Telegraph, Luke Edwards is reporting that Steve Bruce will go back to our reigning Player of the Season, Martin Dubravka, for the vital match against Wolves at St. James’ Park on Saturday.

It’s a move that some have been calling for Bruce to make. Though as recently as the press conference for our latest defeat at Manchester United, Bruce explained why he was reluctant to make a change at goalkeeper. This is what he said just last week:

“He is [Dubravka] being very, very professional about it and understands.

“I have got a situation- we have got another very, very good young goalkeeper [Freddie Woodman] down in Swansea doing very well too.

“So, in that area of the pitch, we are extremely good.

“And of course, with a goalkeeper, you can only pick one of them.

“At the minute I have stayed with Karl because I think he deserves to be [playing].

“All season we have said how well he has done, and the one thing I need to have is to create that competition.

“So Karl has got the nod at the moment, but as we have seen in football things can change very quickly.

“That does not mean to say he [Dubravka] is happy, which I would not expect him to be.”

But as Bruce said, things can change very quickly. And if Edwards is correct, Bruce has done a u-turn and will hand Martin Dubravka his first league start of the season. He was on a streak of 88 straight starts in the Premier League before his injury.

Bruce did call out Darlow, somewhat, after the loss at Old Trafford when he was beaten at his near post by Marcus Rashford in the first half. This is what Bruce said after the match as published in The Chronicle:

“Karl Darlow has been terrific for us, I haven’t looked at it but a goalkeeper will always be disappointed to concede at his near post.”

If Bruce does make the change, it will be harsh on Darlow. However, he has to pick his best squad. If in Bruce’s eyes, Dubravka gives us the best chance of picking up a win on Saturday, then he may have to make that difficult decision.

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473 comments so far

  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #1

    Carson

    Seems we like a lot of the same stuff mate!

    Kevin and Perry was unreal!

    “Can I have a jam sandwich? Mrs Patterson”

    Unreal man and best tunes ever

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #2

    The goon in For want of Whiskey and Blood.

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #3
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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #4

    Could this be the blogs first wedding?

    15
  • Wor B

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #5

    geordietom, Just a fan

    RAF Boulmer, Happy memories, I worked there…

    Sorry that’s all I can say.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Mund quality weren’t it.
    The tunes just make you wanna buzz even sat watching at home.
    You ever been Mund, I went in 2002 it was a holiday I will never forget

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #7

    Carson

    Sadly mate I haven’t 🙁 but I did go to the boom festival in Portugal when I was younger and my god mate that was out of this world.

    Me and the missus said we will go raving in Ibiza when the kids get older, still got my whistles and rave glasses 😉

    Oi oiiiii whistle posse blowing

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:44 PM

    Comment #8

    Mund cheers mate that’s me favourite tune off it Lange Follow Me, the breakdown is awesome.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:46 PM

    Comment #9

    Club scene just wouldn’t be the same now as back then.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #10

    carson …

    i still say its Quentin Crisp… 😀

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:47 PM

    Comment #11

    Carson

    It will never be the same as the happy 90s era 😉

    Everyone loved one another and the tunes where banging!

    Love the old trance classics.

    You ever go to Gatecrasher? My word unreal

    1
  • lochinvar

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:51 PM

    Comment #12

    What’s the betting on Bruce using the words “we had to freshen it up” around the Wolves game.

    Note the emphasis on we not I.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s all very well people saying they’d love to have Bielsa here. Sky have just listed some of their transfers and I wasn’t quite sure what I was seeing
    “Leeds United have spent somewhere in the region of £100million in the transfer market following their return to the Premier League. Chairman Andrea Radrizzani has been quick to sanction funds to help bolster Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team squad at Elland Road, following last term’s promotion-winning campaign”
    How would he have fared under Ashley and his investment on the return to the PL with Bamford sold for £35M this January and replaced with Danny Graham.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:52 PM

    Comment #14

    No I didn’t mate, always wanted to do that one and Cream. You’re right no other time will beat it for tunes, banter and cheap drinks.

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #15

    Ha GeordieTom can see why you think that, they’re very similar looking.

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  • lochinvar

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:53 PM

    Comment #16

    Sports Direct have an up to 80% off sale going on.

    Amanda be quick they’ve got one only Premier League football club for only £60million. Bargain.

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Evening all, il`e be keeping an eye on the Leeds game tonight, i still think Southampton are in it with us, and their form over the last 6 games is worse than ours.
    I want a Leeds win, they will be ok imo, but Saints, very catchable.

    3
  • geordietom

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:55 PM

    Comment #18

    Carson …

    its the hair mate pmsl <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<pmsl

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  • Optimistic prime

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #19

    When I watch Leeds I think, poor man’s entertainers.

    Attack attack attack, without the class and flair, can’t defend for shit.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:57 PM

    Comment #20

    GeordieTom they could be twins lol.

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  • geordietom

    Feb 23, 2021 at 5:58 PM

    Comment #21

    carson …

    twins oooh betty …

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Don’t like this without the crowd noise mind 😕

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #23

    GeordieTom
    Ooooh suits you sir.

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  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #24

    Jail does this blog usually come with crowd noise or is it an option I haven’t seen
    😉

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  • geordietom

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:04 PM

    Comment #25

    Carson …

    sir, never in a million years …

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:05 PM

    Comment #26

    The beauty of IPTV 😀

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:07 PM

    Comment #27

    He looks like Shaggy out of Scooby Doo that Vestergard 😀

    0
  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:09 PM

    Comment #28

    GeordieTom didn’t think so, you sound the salt of the earth to me.
    It’s another line from Fast Show, if you have never watched it I would recommend you tubing some episodes.

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #29

    Mund know you said you were a Middlesbrough lad, did you ever go to Tall Trees in Yarm. I went once a mate of mine was a DJ and he was doing a set so went through, decent club.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Would love a Raphina goal tonight. It’s hard to tell who’s who with all them daft man buns in the Leeds team.

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:27 PM

    Comment #31

    Is the Fast Show on?

    1
  • Carson80

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:31 PM

    Comment #32

    Might be on Gold Tackle, very rarely gets shown on the Beeb these days l, maybe not PC enough.

    1
  • WLtoon

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Never a penalty surely

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:35 PM

    Comment #34

    Surely NOT a penalty

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #35

    Dive – all day long. Get him booked ref

    1
  • WLtoon

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:36 PM

    Comment #36

    VAR did something right for a change, no penalty

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  • Tackle from behind

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #38

    WL Toon

    You knew the ref was called Shirley as well

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  • Mund

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #39

    Carson

    Aye mate went a few times and even went to an under 18 night once when I was younger and got locked up for drunk and disorderly 🙄 rolled me out the Bobby station at 3 in the morning not a clue where I was lol

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  • WLtoon

    Feb 23, 2021 at 6:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Tackle ,

    Aye,, surely should of been booked for cheating 🙂

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