Dubravka Betters Elliot And Darlow Already!

Last updated : 04 April 2018 By Footy Mad - Editor


Martin Dubravka has kept three clean sheets in his first five Premier League games for Newcastle. No other goalkeeper has more for the club in the top flight this season (Rob Elliot three from 16 appearances, Karl Darlow two from 10).

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez: "It was an important game and we needed to win. They are a good team, well organised. We didn't take our chances and in the second half there was a risk we could be caught, but we stayed calm.

"Ayoze Perez was doing a good job. He needed to stay calm in that position, move around the position and take his chance.

"It was a great atmosphere and the team and fans together are stronger. Forty points is the figure we are looking for and that's it."

Huddersfield boss David Wagner: "It's a disappointing result for us but it's my job to analyse this in the right way. Our idea was to frustrate them and sit deeper to minimise their clear-cut chances and hurt them on the counter-attack.

"In the first half Newcastle had good opportunities but in the second half I thought it was working for us. We had a big opportunity with Scott Malone at the final whistle, we didn't use the chances and this is why we lost the game.

"The attitude, fighting spirit and how they followed the game plan was fantastic. I think we were worth a point."


◾Newcastle are now unbeaten in six straight home league games (won three, drawn three), their best such run in the top flight since December 2014 under Alan Pardew (also six).
◾Indeed, the Magpies have won three consecutive games without conceding at St James' Park in the Premier League for the first time since November 2014. They had only kept three clean sheets in their first 13 home league games this season before this run.
◾Huddersfield Town have now drawn a blank in 12 separate away games in the Premier League this season, just one short of the single-season record (13) for failing to score on the most occasions on the road in the competition's history, jointly held by Norwich City in 1994-95, Southampton in 1998-99 and Middlesbrough in 2002-03.
◾Ayoze Perez has scored his first Premier League goal at St James' Park since 5 March 2016 against Bournemouth, 756 days ago.
◾Kenedy has been directly involved in four goals in his first four home league games for Newcastle United (two goals, two assists).