The Newcastle back three put in a shift yesterday, especially in the second half, where they were under a constant wave of pressure from Wolves.
The two wing-backs DeAndre Yedlin and Jetro Willems had trouble latching up their flanks, which made the afternoon even more tenuous for the backline.
However, it was a poor decision by goalkeeper Martin Dubravka that was the ultimate undoing.
Similarly to the last time we played against Wolves, Martin’s judgment has led to a Wolves’ equalizer. In February, the Slovakian jumped to claim a ball at the crossbar rather than just punching it behind the goal.
He ended up getting bumped and the ball fell to Willy Boly who slotted it into the net.
Yesterday, it was an unwise choice to go for Matt Doherty’s cross if he couldn’t handle it cleanly. Instead he was only able to parry into the center of the area where Jonny was waiting to put it away.
Steve Bruce spoke about his goalkeeper’s error yesterday. This is what he thought of it:
“He (Dubravka) knows he could have done better. It’s a poor decision from Martin.
“If you’re going to come and flap at it, then the one thing you can’t do is just push it in the middle of the goal.
“That’s a bit of a frustration. Of all their work, it’s a mistake that has got them their goal. It’s unfortunate.”
We’ve seen this a little too often from 30-year-old, and it’s cost us on a few occasions. However, Martin has also made the saves that usually keep us in games.
If you sit back and allow the opposition to continuously attack, mistakes are likely to happen. While it was an error that led to the tying goal, we are more concerned about the ultra-cautious mentality displayed in the second half.
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