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Last Season’s Hero Is Getting Back To His Best For NUFC

Last season it was a common occurrence to have Martin Dubravka as our lone bright spot during many matches. He made the saves that kept matches close enough for some stirring late goals to grab unlikely points.

Karl Darlow mirrored his teammate at times this season when Dubravka was injured, especially early on. However, Dubravka regained his first-team place earlier this year and has slowly gotten back to his best.

Over the last few matches, Dubravka’s made some tremendous saves to give Newcastle a fighting chance. That was none more apparent than this past weekend at Anfield. Martin’s performance kept Newcastle just a goal down for Joe Willock’s dramatic equalizer.

In our recent polls for the Man of the Match, Martin’s been outpaced by the exploits of Allan Saint-Maximin. The Frenchman has been nothing short of sensational since returning from his groin injury.

However, Dubravka has eclipsed Allan in our latest poll for the draw at Liverpool collecting 60% of the total vote. Allan did manage second in the poll for his performance which kept Liverpool on their toes. Joe Willock, with another dramatic late goal, comes in third.

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124 comments so far

  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:23 AM

    Comment #1


    That’s just your assumption tho mate. He has been posting pictures for a lot longer than any affiliation with our club.

    He isnt purposely winding any fans up, the fans are winding themselves up

  • Moonraker15

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #2

    Wor B

    I’m on a mini break and played golf yesterday at Burnham and Berrow, in their seniors open with 3 mates. Fabulous day on a beautiful links course! Surprisingly we scored quite well which was a bonus!

  • Australian Pie

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #3

    Argh just realised no Willock this weekend for us as he can’t play against his parent club.

    Who is going to score our 93rd minute winner!

  • ArtyH

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #4

    I see a certain so called know it all is advising Joe Willock to return to Arsenil instead of staying in toon, typically another twist of the knife from the same Arsewipe.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #5

    I think if Arsenal keep Arteta for next season we will probably get to keep Willock as he will need to raise transfer funds

    Arteta likes to keep possession where I feel Willock actually suits a counter attacking team for the late runs into the box

    If they get a new manager in though they might want to take another look at him which would be bad news for us I imagine

    Or the other alternative is we decide to cheap out and not buy him or pay for a loan again

  • toon22

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #6


    It only matters when you say so ?
    Give it a rest
    You’ve posted links and talked about DeMarco pictures for months now

  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #7

    Shuddup 22 you haven’t a clue what you are talking about.

    You are the least informed fan out of the whole fanbase who talks absolute bollocks.

    The day this club is sold and your BS is gone will be a great day for this blog

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #8

    Aye give it a rest – just for one day – give it a rest.

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #9

    Would anyone take Armstrong back next season?

    Was thinking he would maybe be a good backup striker his playing style is a bit similar to Danny Ings albeit a poorer version

    Means we could ship out Gayle and get a much fitter backup striker

  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #10

    And give us a rest from the incessant daily arguments. That’ll be a good day.

  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #11

    Nobody takes a blind bit of notice of you Mr Soft

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #12

    The other Toon player in the pic has also made a huge difference to the team…

    Paul Dummett.

    His speed at covering the flanks and defensive ability has allowed Ritchie to get further up the field where he has done some great work along with Murphy on the other side.

    It is noticeable that Murphy has had to do far more tracking back and defensive tackles/clearances than Ritchie because we don’t have the same pace ob the right of a a back three. Murphy has been an absolute star in that respect and he always puts a massive shift in.

    But, back to Dummett.

    If ever there was an unsung ‘Mr Dependable’ in the team it’s him, our best out and out defender by a mile IMO.

  • geordietom

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #13

    TOON22 …

    he’s not the only person who’s put links on about demarco is he ?

    think you need to give it a rest green slimeball …

  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #14


    He thinks he has an effect with what he does and says but he needs to realise he has 0 effect on anything

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #15


    I think as part of the back 3 Dummett is excellent he looks to be fully fit now and has even improved his quality on the ball recently

    Its more Clark and Fernandez that give me the fear as both of them are prone to mistakes especially playing together

  • martoon

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #16

    Mund @1 Of course it’s my assumption and opinion as that’s what this blog is about!
    I agree fans are jumping to conclusions but I just can’t help feeling he gets a bit of a buzz from it.

  • geordietom

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #17

    Craig …

    should call him TOON NEGITIVE 22 …

    cant wait till the takeover happens then we will be shot of him all the having ago at posters …

  • geordietom

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #18

    toon negitive 24-7 …

  • geordietom

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #19

    toon negative 24-7 *

  • TheTinman

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Dummet doesn’t have great deals of pace but he has immaculate timing of the challenge.

    He gives them a slight gap and shows then down the line and as soon as they knock it past him he takes a couple of steps and puts in a big challenge.

    He has to be one of the best 1v1 defenders in the league.

    He has had games where he has had Sterling, Salah, Zaha etc all in his back pocket.

    Great servant to the club who has found his position as part of a back 3.

  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #21


    He is another one who rarely speaks about the club just has his own agenda.

    Quite a few like that on here isn’t there…

  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #22

    To the tune of Ra ra Rasputin:

    Mar-tin Dubravka
    Lover of the Geordie scene
    There was a cat that really had some
    Mar-tin Dubravka
    Slovaks great shot-stop machine
    It was insane how he carried on.

  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #23


  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:17 PM

    Comment #25

    PL team of the week, only 5 players from top four clubs with the remainder from the bottom seven clubs.

  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #27

    I am hitting some sort of glitch, but this is the PL team of the week.


  • John Tudor

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:20 PM

    Comment #28

    Yet barred

  • cyprus

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:21 PM

    Comment #29

    On Dubravka,

    Well done he kept us in it. But we are fickle, we do forget that Darlow was our player of the season till he was replaced.

    Monsieur Darlow, if you’re reading, a big thanks, you are as good at n.1.

    I see comments about Dummett, also a very good defender. Fede, Lascelles, Clark, have all played their part here and there too. And, to not disappoint his n.1 fan (Essex?), Shelvey has done well as a creative CB too, when asked.

    And how about our two best wing backs, Ritchie and Murphy? Simply brilliant in the games since they came back.

    Conclusion: despite goals conceded, this is our best defensive unit – ever.

    We need to fix the MF issue… Eg. Look how man u was transformed with one top addition.

    We need a deadly striker.
    PS. I like Wilson and the fact he always plays with a smile.

    Our two best players, you know them, will totally shine with a couple of additions.

    And I’ve seen glimpses of a great player in, yes, Joel too :).

    Sorry about all the positive stuff. One more: we’re totally safe with lots of games to play, which isn’t too usual these days.

    So, let’s grumpily enjoy the ride 🙂

  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #30

    When 2 tribes go to war, a poem.

    Regan, Regan, clever, witty, has charm,
    But you better answer his questions,
    Or you’ll end up with bodily harm.

    It’s a trait he picked up in the Sweeny,
    To interrogate is his intention,
    That makes him a bit of a meany.

    Just see what he did to Jail,
    Behind bars for as long as you could mention,
    For not following the Ffl trail,
    And answering 2 bloody questions!

    The blog has tremored and trembled,
    At exactly where this was all leading
    But they’ve kissed and made up and we’re humbled,
    We can breathe and carry on reading.

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #31


    I disagree about Dummett not having pace.

    Last season or the one before a ball was knocked over our defence towards the corner flag and Salah ran onto it in loads of space. I can still see the look on his face when he turned to find Dummett had not only caught up with him but promptly took the ball off him and sped away.

    I agree that his timing of the tackle and positional play is top notch but his pace has led to a ton of blocks and tackles in the box that are regularly pointed out by match commentators.

    I have to shake my head when I see some on here calling him a Champs standard player and one who should be the first to be sold.

  • Wor B

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:34 PM

    Comment #32


    Just checked out their website, looks great and choice of courses, lucky you!

    Enjoy the rest of your break.


  • gonufc (Newcastle United Sports Direct Advertising Club)

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:35 PM

    Comment #33

    Can we just drop Joelinton now? He’s a detriment to the team.

    The amount of attacks he ruins is crazy- I don’t know where this rubbish that he’s proven himself ” A decent PL player” has come from because it’s simply not true.

    Don’t care about the price- just like Lewis- if you’re a negative for the team you don’t play. In all his time at the club I don’t think he’s ever had the ball fully under control- it just bobbles around under his feet till he runs into the opposition or kicks it behind a teammate to ruin a possible attack. He’s terrible and I don’t know why some people are desperately pretending otherwise.

  • DaveD1000

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #34

    I would totally agree with you there

  • Bills Son Is Back

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #35


    Good post and you are dead right about midfield, one top notch CM will make a huge difference to the squad.

    On Jo, I have seen glimpses of what may have made him a target and whilst I think he could yet turn out to be a very good player I don’t think his style is cut out for the Prem. He is defo no CF and whilst he shows better out wide he doesn’t have the pace to exploit the extra space he gets there.

    Unfortunately, after his fee and £70K/£80K five year contract I can’t see any club giving us or him what it would take to move him on.

    Unless a new manager comes in and transforms him and don’t see him getting much game time next season if we sign another striker.

  • Just a fan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #36

    Carry on toon22.
    Variety that’s what the blogs all about.

  • carltoon

    Apr 27, 2021 at 12:56 PM

    Comment #37

    Paul Dummit, got a great but not speed, caught Salsa no bother, when he got away from him, Dummit definitely coming back to his dependable best. Playing great in a back three. Well done Paul

  • carltoon

    Apr 27, 2021 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #38

    Turn of speed !!!

  • Wor B

    Apr 27, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #39

    There is a young poster called Regan
    Who has no need of a hit man
    If he asks your opinion
    You really should give one
    Or you’ll end up under a headstone

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #40

    Was Dummett not clocked as one of the fastest in the league a few seasons ago? Think it was chasing Martial he caught a top speed that season

    Similar to Lascalles they both take a bit to get started but once they are up and running are pretty fast for defenders

    I think a defensive 3 of Schar for the play maker Lascalles holding it together in the middle and Dummett being a wall is the best blend of centre backs we have with Fernandez and Clark as the backup options

    If we could get a little bit more mobility in the middle I think we would actually look decent all over the pitch as ASM, Wilson and Almiron in the attacking 3rd would be able to cause most teams problems if they had the midfield to back it up


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