Martin Dubravka checking himself out on Sunday after feeling ‘tightness in the calf or knee’
Martin Dubravka kept an eighth clean sheet of the season on Saturday.
The Newcastle United goalkeeper having one of his quietest afternoons of the season.
Burnley arrived with little attacking intent as they looked to simply extend a five game unbeaten run which had seen them pick up 13 points.
The point almost certainly helping to now guarantee safety as they move on to 38 points with 10 to play.
As for Newcastle though, the goalless draw sees them only five points clear of safety as other results went against them. Now one win in 10 PL games and only seven goals scored in the last 12.
The keeper saying after it became over six hours of PL football without a goal: ‘I can understand the fans will be frustrated and we all are as well because we wanted to win…We created the good moments but we were just missing a goal.’
It is all relative of course. Newcastle had some chances/shots but in reality Nick Pope hardly had a serious save to make.
Talking of serious, Newcastle fans had big concerns when early in the game Martin Dubravka went for a high ball and landed awkwardly. Dubravka has played 78 PL matches in a row and without him Newcastle would have been bottom three for sure.
The keeper was able to continue but after the game said he will see how he feels on Sunday, once the adrenaline from the match has faded: ‘I went for the cross (early in the match) and straight after the jump, I felt the tightness in the calf or knee. I didn’t actually know which it was when I landed on the ground and wasn’t sure what was going on but after a few minutes I felt better. Hopefully, there is no problems but we will see tomorrow as, in a game, you have a lot of adrenaline during a match so you don’t think about it.’
With the team in such poor form, Martin Dubravka is essential in the remaining 10 match run-in. The odds were always he wouldn’t play against West Brom and if he feels anything at all today, Dubravka will surely be rested for Southampton.
Martin Dubravka speaking to official club site:
“After the game, we feel that we’ve lost points because although we played better than the last time (against Crystal Place) and created chances, we unfortunately couldn’t score a goal.
“There were many positives today though and we have to build on this performance and have to be more dangerous but the players did feel more comfortable today.
“I can understand the fans will be frustrated and we all are as well because we wanted to win, especially with how Burnley played today, just defending and waiting for set-pieces.
“We know which way they try to play and they are successful in this kind of way but we feel like we have lost some points.
“I’m glad that we kept a clean sheet but obviously I would have been more happy to win the game.
“We needed the points but this clean sheet is for all the team as they worked so hard. I don’t even know if they had a shot on goal today. They may have created chances from set pieces but that was it.
“Burnley are a tough opponent, especially from set pieces. We have to come with every point in this kind of situation but when you play at home you really want to win, especially against the teams closer to you in the table.
“We created the good moments but we were just missing a goal. That’s been our problem in previous games so we are trying to work on it. I thought the players looked good today but like I said, we just needed a goal but hopefully they will come.
“We are not safe yet so hopefully we will collect points but we need to stick with the plan because, as you could see, in some moments we should do it a little bit better but on the other side, we did better than the last game.
“I went for the cross (early in the match) and straight after the jump, I felt the tightness in the calf or knee. I didn’t actually know which it was when I landed on the ground and wasn’t sure what was going on but after a few minutes I felt better.
“Hopefully, there is no problems but we will see tomorrow as, in a game, you have a lot of adrenaline during a match so you don’t think about it.
“Every game will be difficult and very important for us this season. It is a big opportunity for us in the cup and West Bromwich are in a position where they want to get promoted to the Premier League so we’ll see how they will play and what system they will try to play against us.”
Stats from BBC Sport:
Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Saturday 29 February 3pm
Possession was Burnley 46% Newcastle 54%
Total shots were Burnley 8 Newcastle 21
Shots on target were Burnley 1 Newcastle 4
Corners were Burnley 7 Newcastle 11
Referee: Andy Madley
Dubravka, Manquillo, Fernandez, Lascelles, Rose, Hayden, Shelvey, Ritchie, Almiron, Joelinton (Allan Saint-Maximin 77), Gayle
Darlow, Schar, Lejeune, Yedlin, Sean Longstaff, Bentaleb
Crowd: 52,219 (Burnley 2,400)
(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Boos at final whistle as no goals in over 6 hours and 1 win in 10 for Steve Bruce – Read HERE)
(Burnley 0-0 draw and 7 goals in 12 games – Steve Bruce says ‘easy decision’ not to start Saint-Maximin – Read HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Watch the official match highlights here as NUFC get a point – Watch HERE)
(Newcastle 0 Burnley 0 – Instant NUFC fan/writer reaction to Saturday’s dull draw – Read HERE)
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