Jamie Carragher gets it wrong on Newcastle United – Not for the first time
Jamie Carragher has passed judgement after Newcastle United conceded in the final seconds to Wolves
Lightning striking twice, as the Magpies also threw away a point in added time at St James Park.
This time though it was controversial.
Traore’s right wing cross headed in by Willy Boly but Newcastle crying foul.
Jamie Carragher declaring ‘It wasn’t a foul and you have to give great credit to Wolves and Boly…Boly’s hands are resting on the goalkeeper’s shoulders but that is it.’
The truth is, that yes Martin Dubravka should have punched instead of trying to catch the ball (then again how often do we hear the experts/ex-players criticising dodgy foreign keepers for punching and not being brave enough to try and catch the ball…), however, once he does decide to catch the ball, Dubravka finds himself impeded when Boly clearly wraps his arms around the keeper’s neck, NOT ‘resting on the goalkeeper’s shoulders.’
The trouble is as well that once the likes of Jamie Carragher start something like this…’Dubravka has been a great goalkeeper for Newcastle but has made a few mistakes of late’, you tend to get a bandwagon where it is simply repeated as supposed fact by the rest of the media.
The last four weeks have seen Martin Dubravka ‘at fault’ for keeping a clean sheet in the 3-0 win over Cardiff, then also ‘at fault’ as Newcastle beat Man City 2-1, that is Man City who have won all their other 11 games in the past six weeks scoring 44 goals.
Yes Dubravka was at fault for that Spurs goal but this doesn’t equate to a struggling goalkeeper.
Yesterday was exactly a year to the day since he was thrown in the deep end, keeping a clean sheet as Newcastle beat Man Utd 1-0.
It is now 38 consecutive Premier League matches he has played and despite playing for a team that has been constantly battling relegation, has only conceded 45 goals in those 38 matches.
Sky Sports/Jamie Carragher would love it if Rafa dropped Martin Dubravka so they could replay over and over again as to how they had been ‘proved’ right – but there is no way Rafa Benitez will fall for that one.
“It wasn’t a foul and you have to give great credit to Wolves and Boly.
“Dubravka has been a great goalkeeper for Newcastle but has made a few mistakes of late.
“Boly’s hands are resting on the goalkeeper’s shoulders but that is it.
“The goalkeeper does not cover himself in glory and not for the first time in the last few weeks.”
“The goalkeeper needs to defend himself.
“He jumps up and has to get a punch at it.
“He has to jump earlier and why does he want to try and catch the ball?”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Wolves 1 Newcastle 1
Newcastle: Hayden 56
Wolves: Boly 90+3
Possession was Wolves 60% Newcastle 40%
Total shots were Wolves 22 Newcastle 9
Shots on target were Wolves 6 Newcastle 3
Corners were Wolves 13 Newcastle 1
Referee: Graham Scott
Dubravka, Yedlin, Schar, Lascelles, Lejeune, Ritchie, Hayden (Diame 86), Longstaff, Atsu (Almiron 72), Perez (Manquillo 90), Rondon
Woodman, Joselu, Fernandez, Kenedy
Crowd: 30,687 (Newcastle 2,402)
(Newcastle go one point clear of the relegation zone as Almiron makes debut – Read HERE)
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