Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka enjoyed a dream debut at St James’ Park on Sunday, helping his side to victory over top four side Manchester United in the English Premier League.
Battling against relegation, fans didn’t have much hope of beating Jose Mourinho’s side, but the Magpies produced a stellar performance to pick up all three points and boost their hopes of survival.
Matt Ritchie was the goal hero on the afternoon, his solitary effort enough to secure the win in a match that Newcastle needed top performers in multiple positions to keep the Red Devils out.
At the top of that list was debutant Martin Dubravka, who made a string of fine stops from Man United’s attack across the 90 minutes.
The Slovakian international was a deadline day loan signing from Sparta Prague and regardless of what happens in his Newcastle career from this point on will always be a cult hero for his majestic performance.
Fans took to Twitter to share their thoughts on his display…
Dubravka could keep us in the League if he keeps that up for 11 games.
Shelvey also absolutely unreal. England are you watching?? #NUFC
— Burnsie 🎯⚽ NUFC ⚽🎯 (@BenArfaChance) February 11, 2018
So apparently #NUFC have the option to buy Dubravka permanently at the end of the season for £4m. I wonder if Kennedy has an option also? I’d happily have both if we survive 😃🙏🏻👍🏻
— Chris Kelly (@chris_kelly78) February 11, 2018
Dubravka looked totally unfazed. No culture shock, no nerves, total focus. Most impressive was him shouting instructions and positioning at defenders whilst running backwards as Man U attacked in the 18 yard box #NUFC
— Norman Riley (@LikeTheGoat) February 11, 2018
— Chris Eagle (@Chris_Eagle) February 11, 2018
Dubravka was commanding, good with his feet and made some top saves.
Lascelles & Lejeune were brilliant in the air, kept Lukaku quiet.
Shelvey & Diame dominated the midfield, made Pogba look very average.
Ritchie tireless and deserved his goal.
— Rafa's ⚫️ & ⚪️ Army (@NUFC_Fan_) February 11, 2018
Dubravka had the best debut as a goalie since Sylvester Stallone in Escape to Victory #NUFC
— Matty Harrison (@MattyHarrison3) February 11, 2018
— K Jobling (@JobKAL) February 11, 2018
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 11, 2018
Oh my god. WHAT A KEEPER. #NUFC
— CompleteNUFC (@CompleteNUFC) February 11, 2018
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