Wolverhampton Wanderers legend Carl Ikeme has defended his fellow goalkeeper Martin Dubravka following the Newcastle United stopper's role in the Molineux side equalising late on in Monday night's Premier League encounter between the two teams.
The Magpies headed into the latter stages of the game a goal to the good after Isaac Hayden had opened the scoring on 56 minutes, latching on to Fabian Schar's pass and wrong-footing goalkeeper Rui Patricio with his low effort.
Although Wolves dominated proceedings in the first half and created numerous chances in the second, they appeared unable to break down the tenacious Newcastle defence, but in the 95th minute, Willy Boly climbed above Dubravka to head in Adama Traore's lofted cross for a 1-1 final score.
Reaction to the Slovakia international's mishap was split, with some criticising him and others defending him - indeed, Rafael Benitez did the former (as quoted by Sky Sports News) before appearing to do a u-turn and backing his player (as quoted by The Guardian).
Ikeme took to Twitter to express his opinion on Dubravka and he had sympathy for his fellow keeper, declining to describe it as weak goalkeeping and deeming it more of a timing issue - as well as having a joke about the kind of people who play in goal:
I will start by saying I like dubravka, it’s falls into I have seen them given . I think rather than weak goalkeeping which has been said. It’s more of a timing issue, by that I mean to jump a step earlier, he avoids bolys contact on the way up.— Carl Ikeme (@Carl_Ikeme) February 12, 2019
When the balls in the air for so long and u end up square on it’s becomes harder to take any nudge or impact unless u rise early. Such small margins as a GK , who would play there ...— Carl Ikeme (@Carl_Ikeme) February 12, 2019