Jamie Carragher shares insight into what Newcastle United mnager Rafa Benitez used to say at Liverpool

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Newcastle United recorded a draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers in their Premier League clash on Monday night.

Willy Boly of Wolverhampton Wanderers outjumps goalkeeper Martin Dubravka of Newcastle United as he scores his team's first goal during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton...

Jamie Carragher has shared that a 'big thing' about Rafa Benitez signing Pepe Reina in 2005 at Liverpool was because he 'punched the ball' following late drama involving Newcastle's Martin Dubravka on Monday night. 

Wolves rescued a point against Benitez's side when they scored a last minute goal with Dubravka coming under scrutiny for the manner in which he dealt with the situation.

The game was entering its final few seconds when Newcastle's man between the sticks failed to catch Adama Traore's cross from the right-hand side which allowed the home team to bundle home an equaliser.


Carragher played under Benitez during his time at Liverpool and he shared what his former manager prefers his goalkeepers to do in the situation Dubravka found himself in at Molineux.  

"When he ]Benitez] signed Pepe Reina [at Liverpool] that was a big thing about bringing him in because he punched the ball," Carragher told Monday Night Football on Sky Sports PL on 11/02/2019 at 10:05 pm.

"He wasn't a massive fan of goalkeepers in that situation going up to try and catch a ball. Then leaving himself open to someone coming in, hitting him and the ball dropping. 

Pepe Reina of Liverpool celebrates with team mate Jamie Carragher (L) at the end of the UEFA Europa League Round of 16, second leg match at Anfield on March 18, 2010 in Liverpool, England.

"His argument was if your goalkeeper is known for punching a lot of strikers or people coming in would think 'Oh, I don't want to get one in the face'. 

Earlier on in the second half, Newcastle had opened the scoring through Isaac Hayden who was seemingly playing a more advanced role than usual. Wolves keeper Rui Patricio failed to stop his tame shot from entering the net.

After that, both teams either pushed to kill off the game or score the equalising goal with the latter occurring when there was only seconds left on the clock.

Nonetheless, for the second game running, Dubravka has found himself under the spotlight after he conceded a goal at Tottenham in a poor fashion last time out.

But for the majority, he has been an important player for the club and the Toon Army faithful will be hoping he can get back to his best as they try to push further up the table.  

Miguel Almiron of Newcastle United replaces Christian Atsu as a substitute as Rafael Benitez, Manager of Newcastle United looks on during the Premier League match between Wolverhampton...

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