At the weekend, Newcastle United pulled off a shock result by beating Manchester United 1-0 at St James’ Park.
Matt Ritchie’s goal was enough to give Rafael Benitez’s side some much-needed three points.
As well as Ritchie, there was another hero of the day in the form of goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
The Slovak shot-stopper moved to the North-East outfit from Sparta Prague in January on a loan deal until the end of the season.
Karl Darlow has been Newcastle’s number one for the majority of the campaign, but Benitez decided to throw Dubravka into the deep end against United.
Club captain Jamaal Lascelles has praised Darlow’s work between the sticks this season, but the defender has suggested that his manager made the right call.
Dubravka was on hand to deny the Red Devils numerous times with plenty of saves.
While speaking to the Chronicle, Lascelles said:
“Darlow has been fantastic for us in the last couple of games and he has kept us in it and got points. The manager has put in a new goalkeeper and in all fairness he was ready. Martin was talking his way through the game and he was a confident keeper. It’s a great way for him to make his debut. The rest of us can’t thank him enough for the saves that he made.”
As it stands, Newcastle are 13th in the table, two points above the relegation zone.