Eddie Howe highlights 'magnificent' thing Newcastle United star did against Blackburn Rovers

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) | Getty Images
Martin Dubravka was the hero as Newcastle United advanced into the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

Eddie Howe hailed Martin Dubravka after the goalkeeper saved two penalties against Blackburn Rovers to send Newcastle United in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup.

The Magpies took the lead through Anthony Gordon in the 71st minute before the Championship side struck back when Sammie Szmodics levelled.

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Neither side could find a winner during extra-time, meaning the tie went to penalties. And Dubravka twice came up trumps to deny Szmodics and captain Dominic Hyam.

Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Newcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images) | Getty Images

"I've had a few penalty shootouts in my career as a manager and I definitely prefer them as a player to be honest," said Howe. "It's a strange feeling because you're out of control but a lot was riding on the outcome. I thought the players handled the moment brilliantly, goalkeeper and outfield players. A big moment in our season.

"The two penalty saves were huge for us. In open play he [Dubravka] really performed well today and he needed him to because they had a few big moments.

"I thought the best save he probably made was in the build up to their goal which I thought was a magnificent save to tip it onto the bar but unfortunately he scored the rebound.

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"That was probably the most disappointing thing on the night because we worked so hard to lead but to let them back into the game was a kick at that time."

Howe added: "I thought we got better as the game went on. I don't think the first-half was particular good, the second-half was better and extra-time was our best spell of the game by a long way. We shouldn't have allowed it to go to penalties with the chances we missed in extra-time."

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