In the most shocking moment of 2019, Martin Dubravka made a mistake in a Newcastle shirt.
The goalkeeper spilled a powerful free-kick from Marcus Rashford, only for Romelu Lukaku to react quickest and put Manchester United ahead.
Before this blunder, Newcastle were in the game and competing with the Red Devils. It even looked like they could get a point or three.
However, Dubravka’s slip up inevitably cost the Magpies, but that’s not something we’ve said too often since he arrived a year ago.
The 29-year-old has been an inspired figure in between the sticks since he joined the club.
Barely anyone had heard of him when he arrived on loan from Sparta Prague. Now we wonder how we ever lived without him.
Ironically, his debut came against Manchester United last season, where he put in one of greatest goalkeeping displays I’ve ever seen. However, on the same stage this season, it was Dubravka’s error that cost Newcastle.
But while his mistake led to another defeat for Rafa Benitez’s side, fans have refused to blame the Slovakian stopper, and rightly so.
Fans react to Dubravka’s mistake
You have to give Dubravka a pass. Been our best player by miles all season. But it still hurts to concede like that. #NUFC
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) January 2, 2019
Lads tried tonight and I’m proud of them Dubravka will win us more points the lose so we really can’t blame him for the loss man united have spent £400 million in last 4 windows more then what our club is worth apparently #nufc
— Jordan Morris (@JordNufcmorris) January 2, 2019
So disappointed. We’ve played well in this game and to go behind to a goal like that is annoying af! Won’t think less of Dubravka for it mind, a one off. #NUFC
— Kieran (@KAH_NUFC) January 2, 2019
#nufc played well there. Feel for dubravka he’s been our best player all season, atsu looked decent but his final ball needs work. Cardiff in a few weeks is absolutely massive for us. Up the fucking mags
— Ryan (@Sm0keyRobinson) January 2, 2019
Very dissapointing game! Played alright in the first half but seemed to lose all confidence in second half and Man U take advantage! Feel like atsu was our best option going forward, dubravka did make a crucial mistake but can’t completely blame him, tough loss #NEWMUN #NUFC
— Great White FC (@GreatWhiteFC1) January 2, 2019
Unlucky tonight, deserved something from the game. Can’t blame Dubravka as that is the first mistake he has made. If Atsu had an end product we would have scored 2 or 3 easily. Lack of quality / investment is blatantly obvious! #NUFC
— Greig Stewart (@GreigStewart1) January 2, 2019
It would have been easy for fans to pounce on him. However, it’s great to see supporters unite and appreciate the fact that everyone can make mistakes, even someone as faultless as safe hands Martin Dubravka.