MARTIN DUBRAVKA says he now is aware of who’s “actual pals” are after the abuse he obtained for his last-minute blunder at Wolves.
The Newcastle keeper did not clear Adama Traore’s cross within the fifth minute of damage time at Molineux on Monday, permitting Willy Boly to climb above him and head in a leveller.
Dubravka is adamant he ought to have been awarded a free-kick as a result of he was “blinded” by the leaping Boly’s arms.
However that has not stopped him getting stick, particularly after Son Heung-min’s shot squirmed by way of him for Tottenham’s Wembley winner the earlier week.
The Slovakian stopper, 30, mentioned: “If you find yourself down, that’s whenever you see who your actual pals are. All people has one thing to say and it’s straightforward to criticise. I’ve seen some issues as a result of I have a look at social media typically.
“I’ve seen some damaging feedback, however I’ve to say a lot of the messages from Newcastle followers have been optimistic.
“I’m very fortunate that I’ve nice individuals round me, nice team-mates and so they assist me by way of every little thing. That’s essential psychologically.
“Additionally my pals in Slovakia have been very supportive, so I’m glad about that. I actually recognize it.”
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Dubravka had barely made a mistake since signing from Sparta Prague – initially on mortgage – final January.
But he was at fault for Manchester United’s opener at Newcastle final month, when Romelu Lukaku scored after he spilled Marcus Rashford’s free-kick, earlier than his Spurs and Wolves ricks.
Now Dubravka is hoping boss Rafa Benitez retains religion in him for subsequent week’s go to of Huddersfield.
Talking on the Toon’s coaching camp in Spain, he mentioned: “Hopefully, he’ll, sure, however you’ll must ask him. After the Spurs recreation he known as me and he supported me.
“It was necessary to me that he known as as a result of clearly I’d made a mistake and we misplaced a degree.
“It will possibly knock your confidence however I hope I did effectively sufficient within the earlier video games so I can construct up my confidence once more.
“If I look again, I’ve performed effectively in lots of different video games. Personally, I wish to play the following recreation as rapidly as attainable
“It’s so robust being a keeper as a result of once I made a mistake towards Tottenham, that’s the objective and everybody talks about it.
“But when a striker or a midfielder make a mistake, there are nonetheless individuals behind to cease the opposite staff from scoring. That’s the lifetime of a keeper.”
So far as the Wolves incident is anxious, Dubravka has watched it again “100 instances” and insists he did nothing fallacious.
Though he appeared to misjudge the cross, Boly’s arms had been in entrance of his face and Benitez later claimed referee Graham Scott has to “perceive the foundations” and “shield the keeper”.
Dubravka mentioned: “I don’t assume I’d change something. I’ve analysed this second 100 instances, I’ve replayed and replayed this second.
“From my angle, it was positively a free-kick. It was a foul.
“I keep in mind seeing the ball come over and considering, ‘I can catch this’. Then, all of a sudden, I used to be blind, I had a hand near my head, so I couldn’t really feel the ball.
“Clearly, I assumed the referee would whistle. The principles are actually clear – it’s important to shield the keeper within the field.”
Dubravka and Jamaal Lascelles had been concerned in a heated row after Boly’s objective.
Newcastle captain Lascelles, 25, revealed yesterday he has since apologised to his team-mate.
And Dubravka mentioned: “He was p***** that we had conceded a objective. I used to be p***** that we had conceded a objective.
“Everybody has their emotions however we had the identical feeling after the sport once we watched the clips collectively.”
Dubravka will face CSKA Moscow in a pleasant in Spain in the present day and tomorrow (Solar) collects the North East Soccer Writers’ Participant of the Yr Award for his performances in 2018.
He added: “It’s a actual honour and, to be sincere, I didn’t count on it.
“I actually recognize that after one yr already I’ve been celebrated.”