'Instant hero' – Dubravka just said something that convinced fans he will be a Newcastle legend
Martin Dubravka name-checked former Newcastle goalkeeper Pavel Srníček in his post-match interview on Match of the Day 2, and fans are delighted at the classy move.
He enjoyed a superb debut after his loan move from Sparta Prague, keeping Man United at bay and helping to ensure his side won a massive three points in a 1-0 win.
Talking afterwards on Match of the Day 2 (Sunday, BBC2, 10.30pm), Dubravka was asked whether he knew much about Newcastle before he joined and he name-checked Alan Shearer and the former goalkeeper Pavel Srníček.
“Many times I’ve talked about Newcastle with my friends, about Alan Shearer and Pavel Srníček,” Dubravka said, “so I have a lot of memories in my mind.
“But when you’re standing on the pitch and seeing the crowd and how they support us, it’s an amazing feeling.”
Srníček had two stints at Newcastle, from 1991-1998 and then a shorter second spell as injury cover in 2006.
The Czech keeper was a fan favourite and tragically died in 2015 after a cardiac arrest, and Newcastle fans were buzzing after Dubravka mentioned him on TV.
One said it was “so classy” of Dubravka to mention Srníček, while another one called him an “instant hero”.
Other fans were reminded of Srníček by his performance in the game against Man United.
Here is a selection of the best reactions from proud Newcastle fans:
So classy of Dubravka to mention Pavel Srnicek post match. Could be a worthy successor if he keeps this up. #nufc
— Matt Pearson (@MattBarpea) February 11, 2018
Dubravka name checking Shearer and Srnicek on match of the day too, instant hero ha.
— Dave Wolinski (@DaveWolinski) February 11, 2018
— Neil Farrington (@Neilfarrington) February 11, 2018
— Girl In Motion (@GirlInMotion3) February 11, 2018
It's nice to talk about a Newcastle game with positivity. Every player gave their all and for once we were rewarded. I hope we can maintain this standard as we'll surely be safe if we do. I also hope we have a deal agreed to sign Dubravka, brings back memories of Pav #nufc
— JB (@mirrordancer009) February 11, 2018
Martin #Dubravka has all the potential of becoming Pav II
— michael laverton (@toonmadmike) February 11, 2018
Dubravka brought the spirit of Pavel Srnicek with him from the Czech league. Can’t stop watching the highlights of his save in the first half. World class. #NUFC
— Ian (@ISTB87) February 11, 2018
Dubravka and Srnicek are from the same club. Both outstanding goalkeepers!!! #nufc
— Batezen (@BateZen) February 11, 2018
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