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John Anderson questions Martin Dubravka over Norwich equaliser

Newcastle United could only draw 1-1 with Norwich City last night in the Premier League – and John Anderson has questioned Martin Dubravka over the visitors’ equaliser.

The game had been described as ‘must-win’ for Newcastle in the lead up to the evening.

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But the Magpies were up against it from the 10th minute after Ciaran Clark got sent off.


That made things very difficult for the hosts, who applied themselves very well under the circumstances.

The other nine outfield players worked their socks off, especially Joelinton, and largely restricted Norwich.

After going ahead in the game through a Callum Wilson penalty, fans hoped the team could see the job through.

But Teemu Pukki scored a sensational equaliser for the Canaries in the 79th minute.

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While it was a brilliant hit from the Finland international, the goal was perhaps preventable.

Martin Dubravka got hands to the initial cross from Billy Gillmour, but his parry was weak.

The ball then came back in from Dimitris Giannoulis, and Pukki fired home.

In the eyes of former Toon defender Anderson, the Slovakia international did not cover himself in any glory.

He said (via Matthew Raisbeck): “It was a poor game. Sending off had an impact but, one-nil up, and it’s a disappointing goal to concede – the keeper just has to catch the cross. It was a definite a penalty, why he had to look at the screen, I don’t know.”

Dubravka might have done better on Norwich equaliser

Looking back, perhaps Dubravka could have palmed the ball away more forcefully.

One gets the feeling that Karl Darlow would have come in for some criticism had it been him.

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But Dubravka did make a huge save from Pierre Lees-Melou late on, which ultimately helped Newcastle to take a point.

On the whole, Dubravka has been good since returning to the starting XI, so people can’t be too frustrated.

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