Martin Dubravka hoping for Newcastle run


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Goalkeeper Martin Dubravka has urged his Newcastle United team-mates to take the positives out of Saturday’s draw at Southampton and use them to put together a strong run.

The Magpies made the trip to St Mary’s still searching for their first Premier League win of the season, but they were unable to land all three points and had to settle for a share of the spoils in a 0-0 draw.

Southampton will be frustrated they were unable to take the numerous opportunities that came their way and a fourth draw of the campaign – the most of any team in the league this term – has left the Saints just two points above the relegation zone.

Newcastle did manage to climb off the foot of the table but their lack of creativity was clear to see on the south coast and the club are 2.80 to drop down to the Championship this season.

Despite being without a win from their opening 10 matches, Slovakia international Dubravka is still remaining upbeat and he wants his side to use Saturday’s point as a platform to build from.

He told NUFC TV: “It’s very important to us for keeping this feeling because we all know that we are not in the best position.

We would have liked to have taken all three points but unfortunately, we didn’t win – but we didn’t lose and that’s also important.”

Rafael Benitez’s men return to action on Saturday when they welcome Watford, who comfortably beat Huddersfield Town 3-0 last time out, to St James’ Park.

The Spanish tactician is expected to recall Salomon Rondon to the starting 11 after the striker made his return from a lengthy lay-off as a substitute against Southampton, whilst the likes of Ayoze Perez and Kenedy could be dropped after failing to impress in recent weeks.

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