If it wasn’t for Martin Dubravka, Crystal Palace would have won by a lot more.
The Eagles hadn’t won a single game since the turn of the year, but they were rampant against Newcastle.
If you’re enduring a tough spell, Steve Bruce’s men are the team you want to play.
And in hindsight, Palace probably can’t believe they only managed to score one goal.
But while there was some less than stellar finishing from Christian Benteke and Jordan Ayew, it was the Newcastle goalkeeper who seemed set to steal the headlines.
If it hadn’t been for a Patrick van Aanholt free kick, we’d probably be toasting an undeserved point right now thanks to the heroics of Dubravka.
and while his positioning can be questioned for the winning goal, it was one mistake in another sensational performance from the Slovakian.
Some of the saves he made were incredible, particularly in the first half.
It’s frightening to think where we’d be without him. And the fact we’re having to rely on him so much is a worrying state of affairs.
Palace fans were very impressed with Dubravka
If Dubravka could kick the ball he’d be in a top European team. Stopped it being a walkover today. #CPFC
— Martin Jaggs (@MisterJaggs) February 22, 2020
Good performance from all. Dubravka MOM #cpfc
— pixie Stacey (@oswaldsboss) February 22, 2020
Dubravka keeping the Toon in it at the moment. Let’s hope we turn the screw and grab another or two. #cpfc
— Darren Chandler (@BigDazza01) February 22, 2020
We’ve played really well that first half. McCarthy‘s been amazing other than the booking, Dubravka has made two unreal saves from corners & Ayew came really close. Hell of a PvA free kick but we needed to get a goal out of that good first half, I can still see them scoring #CPFC
— Liam© (@liamb0117) February 22, 2020
Dubravka carrying the Newcastle team with some incredible saves, a game of 2 goalkeepers who are very underrated #CPFC
— PalaceEagles (@PalaceEaglesc0m) February 22, 2020
Dubravka the only thing keeping Newcastle in this at the moment! Here for the taking, we have to take advantage. #cpfc
— Tristan (@tristanjt) February 22, 2020