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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

  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #81

    This summer is very defining with a takeover you could expect that lot to be sold and some proper players brought in.
    Without a takeover the same players playing week in week out and another relegation battle.

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #82

    Carson80

    Are you buying the replacements?!!!

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  • Regan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #83

    LCBP..
    Would you take him mate..
    I don’t think he’s the finished article yet…
    But I think he would give us another dimension. .
    And honestly can’t see him playing champo football next season. .

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  • Munster Mag

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #84

    Agree and disagree with much on here today.

    Dummett – Definitely a good defender for us. Fast ( slightly slow on the turn, but deffo quick) , competitive, times tackles well.

    Lejeune – Bruce really didnt help him by playing him when injured or not fully right but I think he’s past his best and is a little slow and not a dominant aerial presence either, albeit a beautifal passer of the ball.

    If Bruce stays, and wants to build a serious counter attacking team, his passing may suit that. But I think he’s is better in a different league.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #85

    Carson one for your list,
    😥 “Henri Saivet” 😥

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  • Not another deJong

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:32 PM

    Comment #86

    As ever the modern game is pushing for mobile players all over the pitch, whilst we do not have the best quality the following line-up would be ideal (with a replacement for Krafth):

    —-Almiron—–Wilson—–Maximin
    Lewis—–Willock—–Longstaff—–Murphy
    —Dummett—–Hayden—–Krafth
    ——————-Woodman

    Not sure Almiron, Maximin and Willock will be here next season tho.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:34 PM

    Comment #87

    Nadj would if I could mate.
    Forgot to put Krafth and Lejeune on that list as well.
    Would buy.
    Ben White
    Soumare
    Willock
    Toney
    Saka
    Perreira
    Dwight McNeil
    Rest of the places give to u23’s, time for them to shine.

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  • Regan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:35 PM

    Comment #88

    Managed another sneaky win in the fpl..

    Closing in on the top 5 now..
    And nearing the top 20 in the main league..

    Not too shabby that mind..

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #89

    Looking at the squad list Atsu, Gayle and Carroll are out of contract are they not?

    If you replaced those 3 with players who could come in and make a difference such as Willock, Gallagher etc that would be a start!

    Will be a gutter if we end up with Bartley and Lundstram on free transfers too old and not good enough

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  • geordie157

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #90

    Centre backs does cause a good debate, all 6 we have are of a similar quality and age, plus could make that 7 if Hayden is included.

    I think the first to move on is Clark, mistakes creeping back into his game, been a decent signing for us overall though and a good pro.

    Next Fernandez probably just ahead of Lejuene.

    Dummett, Schar and Lascelles I would keep, Dummett rarely lets us down and can cover left back. Schar frustrates me at times but he has that bit of class to bring the ball out from the back and Lascelles despite not being quite at the level he’s shown in previous seasons, is a leader and with the right coaching I think he could push on again.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #91

    Hibbit bloody hell I forgot all about him lol.
    Hope your OK you ain’t been on much recently.

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  • geordie157

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #92

    It’s a shame we don’t have better options at right back to debate haha

    Manquillo should be upgraded on and become the back up right back, who can cover left back in emergency, plus can play wing back.

    Kraft needs to be sold, he’s OK at right back but def not at centre back and for me he’d be a decent championship right back for someone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #93

    FPl post,
    Managed to sneak in to the top 14 of Ed’s main league last night but Belbulben Mag is smashing it, hope he closes down the leader, if he carries on with his form he’s going to win the H2H as well, good luck BB Mag.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #94

    hibbit,
    I was going to ask about you, have you been away for a few days.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #95

    Lewis should be kept I think he’s a similar player to Murphy, with confidence and Dummet on the left of the back 3 I think we will see a different player next season.
    Plus Ritchie can’t play that role forever and I hope Lewis has been watching him whilst he’s been sitting on the bench.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #96

    Ashley not paying the going rate for upgrades when needed has left us with a lot of fillers not really good enough to play every week but still on wages that no other team will cover to take them away

    Instead of just paying Rondon at 120k a week or whatever it was he wanted (who was player of the season and similar quality to Jimenez at Wolves)hes got Joelinton, Carroll and Gayle on more combined wages taking up squad space

    1
  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:43 PM

    Comment #97

    For the record and to clear a few things up.
    It is not my intention to ignore anybody on here and any long term poster would be able to testify that I’m one of the first to answer when someone from overseas is asking ticket info etc. However, despite being on here a lot I’m not on 24/7 and posts do get missed sometimes. Do not take it personally if I’ve missed a question I’ve been asked, just ask it again when I’m about, as I would.

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  • DaraghL

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #98

    Carson…SAKA? Probably would need £100m for him alone.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:45 PM

    Comment #99

    LCBP,
    There’s been some ridiculous decisions made by Ashley but not signing Rondon has to be the most stupid.

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  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #100

    hibbit

    What you talking about Kets says he is a baller! 😉

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  • DaraghL

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:46 PM

    Comment #101

    Went to look into the theory that Rafa never signed a bad centre back and by in large that claim holds up. Some questionable players like Ayala but bought for peanuts.

    Some of the signings he has made….how could a penny pincher like Ashley not want to give this man his money. Think what he could have done with the money we spent on Goalinton alone.

    https://www.transfermarkt.com/rafael-benitez/spielertransfers/trainer/1522

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  • Mund

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:50 PM

    Comment #102

    Jail

    Stop it mate come on! Do you really need to explain as much as you have? And you don’t answer all so stop telling fibs 😉

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #103

    Thumbs up thingy Mund 🙄

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:54 PM

    Comment #104

    Team for next season with takeover.
    —————– Dubs – – – ———–
    Hayden – – Lasc – – – Dummet
    Murphy – – – – – – – – – – Lewis
    Saka – – – Soumara—–Willock
    ————– ASM – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – Wilson – – – – – – – – – –
    Subs
    Woodman
    Schar
    White
    Almiron
    Ritchie
    Toney
    Anderson
    McNeil.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #105

    DaraghL we can but dream mate.

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  • Regan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #106

    My fault entirely. .

    I take full responsibility and maybe should’ve asked the question again..

    1
  • cleveleysbob

    Apr 27, 2021 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #107

    Maybe I shouldn’t have done that poem 🙁 Sorry lads, no offence intended. 😀

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  • Regan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #108

    No offence taken mate..

    Thought it was great..lol..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:01 PM

    Comment #109

    Regan,
    Did you get a chance to check those podcasts. The guy who does 59th minute is called FPL General and he’s just interviewed the SHU owner, the reason he bought SHU is because he’s an FPL nut 😀 . He’s got his own FPL analysis cinema with a big massive TV for the game he’s watching with most of his players on and other tv’s with the other games on, he listens to all the podcasts as well. Really good interview and a few tips as well, 4 top 10K finishes and a best of 134 in the world 😮

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #110

    Would love to sign Conor Gallagher. He’ll be near the top of my list. Any idea what he’d cost?

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #111

    Jail can I have your bank details please.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #112

    On recent topic Dummet.
    Like Williamson after Simpson left.,he was about to become the fans latest scapegoat. He’s nothing spectacular but he’s a good solid LB who can cover CB just as easily, if we were more ambitious he wouldn’t be starting but he’d be a very important squad player in any team outside of the current top six.

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  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #113

    @Dave Bassett

    Similar to us with Willock there is no purchase option for West Brom to buy him from Chelsea I don’t think?

    Seeing as its Chelsea probably 20 million or so can’t really see Ashley splashing for Willock either

    Maybe we will end up getting them both on loan next season?

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #114

    Carson80,
    Why?

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  • hibbit

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #115

    carson/jail
    the son and family have move house and jobs from leicestershire to harrogate over the weekend,
    the wife and i have been down there since friday till this morning, looking after the grandson,and helping were we could it’s been great,
    their less than an hour away now.

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  • Just a Fat Dave Bassett

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #116

    I’d love Toney/ Armstrong combo too. I suggested all three at the start of last season, although none of them were my first choices at that time. But would have only cost 30m or so. Maybe 70-80m now.

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  • Regan

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #117

    Ain’t been in from work long..
    Will definitely check it out though jail..

    Was thinking about Ramadan today..
    And what affect that would have on Muslim players..

    No stone will be left unturned in my pursuit of glory..

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:08 PM

    Comment #118

    Hibbit good news that and I bet you and your wife are over the moon.
    You’ll be able to have loads of get togethers with Regan now.

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  • Carson80

    Apr 27, 2021 at 3:09 PM

    Comment #120

    Jail was only jesting with you but you did answer me so fair play.

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