No Lejuene? No problem!
On the face of it, this seems to be have been the motto as Newcastle United pulled off an impressive win at Leicester City. However, it was mostly due to Martin Dubravka’s excellence in goal which actually earned them all three points.
Indeed, the towering goalkeeper was like an impenetrable rock in goal, saving everything the Foxes threw at him throughout the ninety minutes. The Magpies didn’t even have 30% possession all game, yet their incisive attacking and warrior-like work at the back earned them three crucial points to statistically confirm survival.
However, Dubravka was made to work hard quite a few times. He made five saves in the game (stats via Fotmob), keeping the Leicester onslaught at bay. While the Magpies have much to credit their goalkeeper for, this cannot become a trend in their game.
While Dubravka might be a promising goalkeeper capable of winning points, he’s also capable of losing them. If his fluffs against Tottenham Hotspur and Wolves earlier this season points anything, he’s definitely error-prone. Further up the field, Newcastle’s defenders poured their heart into the game on Friday night, their work in limiting shots on goal needs to improve.
Rafa Benitez really needs to get them to dig deep into pressing opposition and frustrating them into releasing possession. At their best this season, the Magpies have harried and hustled the opposition and, going forward, the Toon have to make that the norm.
Dubravka’s impressive shot-stopping ability can save them every now and then, yet relying too much on him to save them can come back to haunt the Magpies big time.
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