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Premier League 2018-19: 5 Talking Points For Newcastle United from their 1-1 draw against Wolverhampton Wanderers

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678   //    12 Feb 2019, 11:58 IST

#4 Individual errors cost Newcastle dearly

Martin Dúbravka's misjudgment allows Wilfried Boly to score the equaliser in the dying seconds of the game
Martin Dúbravka's misjudgment allows Wilfried Boly to score the equaliser in the dying seconds of the game

For the second week in a row, Martin Dúbravka found himself in the news for the wrong reasons.

After gifting Son Heung-Min the only goal in a 1-0 loss to Tottenham at Wembley the last time out, the Slovakian goalkeeper seemed to have redeemed himself with a string of good saves to keep Wolves at bay.

His most notable save came in the first half when he reacted brilliantly to a shot from Raúl Jiménez which took a deflection on the way and got down low quickly to keep it. He also followed it up with brilliant saves in the second half. However, it all came undone in the last minute.

While going up to get a deep cross in injury time of the second half, Dúbravka thought he would be able to catch it and elected to do so in a crowded area that included a few other Wolves and Newcastle players.

When he ended up misjudging the ball's height and flapping at it haplessly, Boly was the one right behind him to nod it home.

A lot of how Rafa Benitez plays depends on the game from Newcastle being error-free. As a team, they played brilliantly till the last play but it is individual errors like this that make the difference for relegation-threatened sides like Newcastle between staying in England's top flight next season and playing Championship football next year.

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