Had it not been for Martin Dubravka, Newcastle probably wouldn’t have beaten Burnley.

While it was all abut Allan Saint-Maxmin’s cameo off the bench, the Magpies owe a lot to their man in between the sticks.

Dubravka couldn’t do anything to stop Matej Vydra handing Burnley the lead, but he was equal to everything else the Clarets threw at him.

The Slovakian made a string of stunning saves, even ensuring Paul Dummett didn’t end up with an own goal to his name.

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There were long range efforts from Dwight McNeil and Matt Lowton, but Dubravka’s reactions kept his side in the game.

But it wasn’t just his shot-stopping that caught the eye.

Burnley’s game plan was clear. They looked to get balls into the box and capitalise on set pieces.

Sean Dyche’s side hurled countless crosses into the box, putting Newcastle under huge pressure.

But Dubravka came for everything he could. Time and time again, the 32-year-old punched crosses clear and away from danger.

It was reminiscent of his debut against Manchester United back in in 2018.

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While Karl Darlow had a wonderful start to the season where he made some outstanding saves, he was never able to truly command his box.

That is where Dubravka excels, and why he is truly Newcastle’s number one goalkeeper.

He commands his area and takes the pressure off of his defenders.

Being a great goalkeeper isn’t just about making saves. While Darlow pulled off some breath-taking stops earlier in the campaign, Dubravka’s performance against Burnley proved why he is the best at the club.

If it hadn’t been for him, perhaps we wouldn’t have won and moved six points clear of Fulham.

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