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Newcastle United star happy with Liverpool performance but now time to pick up points

4 years ago

Martin Dubravka has made an immediate impact at Newcastle United.

Brought in on loan until the of the season, with a possible permanent deal set to happen, the keeper is very happy with how things have gone so far.

Thrown into the first team only 11 days after arriving on Tyneside, Martin Dubravka was man of the match in the win over Man Utd and picked up the man of the match award.

He may have conceded four goals in his next three hours of football but there was nothing he could have done with any of them.

As well as his saves, it is the 29 year old’s command of his box and help & communication he gives his back four that have particularly impressed Newcastle fans, qualities that are lacking with both Elliot and Darlow at the top level.

Dubravka felt Newcastle were a bit unlucky that Liverpool won considering how few chances they were restricted to, the scousers having only three shots on target and scoring twice.

Those statistics very impressive when compared to the other 14 PL home matches at Anfield this season.

The loan star points out that now is the time for picking up points though, these next two home matches against Southampton and Huddersfield could well decide Newcastle’s fate this season.

Martin Dubravka:

“We need to find positive things (to take from Saturday).

“Of course, we lost (against Liverpool) and we’re not happy – we will only be happy if we take points.

“We need to look to the future and fight for every point. We are not in a good situation now, and we need to fight for it.

“These two games (at home to Southampton and Huddersfield) will be very important for us.

“We have to be very focused and we really hope we can take three points, especially at home.

“We have time now to analyse the things we did well and what we did badly.

“We will prepare for the next game and of course it will be a long time before we play the next game (3 weeks later).

We need to stay focused and of course we have to look at a positive way.

“I’m very happy with how things are going, that I can be here, and I will be happier when we take more points.

“We have to say we played against a very good team with amazing offensive power.

“It was a tough game for us (at Anfield) and unfortunately we didn’t score goals so we couldn’t be successful.

“Actually, they didn’t have as many chances as you would probably have expected, they only had a few, but they scored their goals.

“I was unlucky (for the first goal) as it wasn’t the greatest shot (from Salah) but it was close to me.

“Then we conceded a second in the second half, the plan at half-time was that we needed to open the game and be more active, but we conceded that goal.”


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