Darren Bent has pointed the finger of blame at Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka for his error in the club’s 3-1 defeat to Liverpool on Saturday.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Tottenham and England striker says that the shot-stopper made a blunder for the Reds’ second goal which allowed momentum to swing heavily in favour of Jurgen Klopp’s men.
Newcastle had taken the lead at Anfield through Jetro Willems but after seeing Sadio Mane net once, the Slovakian keeper failed to claim a through ball which ended with the Senegal forward tapping into an empty net.
Bent says that there is no arguing who was to blame for the second goal and that such mistakes are inexcusable when you are fighting for every single point at the bottom of the league table.
Bent told Football Insider: “There’s no debate about that whatsoever. He’s come out and I think he’s misjudged it.
“He’s come out and it’s come off his knee, as a goalkeeper these things can’t happen, especially at a club like Newcastle. Their backs are against the wall, they’re scrapping for their lives. Even though it’s five games into the season, they’re scrapping.
“You need your goalkeeper not to make such schoolboy errors. He came out, clearly got there before Mane, all he’s got to do is claim it with his hands, get up and go again. He misjudges it, bounces off his knee, over his head and Mane has a tap in. That second one changed the momentum massively.
Dubravka, who arrived at Newcastle from Slavia Prague back in January 2018, has established himself as Newcastle’s first-choice between the sticks, with the likes of Rob Elliot, Karl Darlow and Freddie Woodman all behind him in the pecking order.
Since making his debut in a 1-0 win over Manchester United, he has played in every minute of Newcastle’s Premier League games, with Darlow acting as his understudy in the top flight.
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