Dubravka was recalled to the starting XI last month after Karl Darlow made an error in the relegation-threatened club’s 3-1 defeat to Manchester United at Old Trafford.
The goalkeeper had returned to fitness following heel surgery late last year, but had to wait for an opportunity because of the form of Darlow between the posts.
Speaking to the matchday programme ahead of tonight’s Premier League home game against Aston Villa, Dubravka said: “I just took it as it was.
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"I was trying to work even harder to get my position back. Karl has done well – credit to him. I was trying to support him when I was on the bench, as he was supporting me when he was on the bench.
"That’s important, you know, to have a group of people to support each other.
"The keeper’s position is a difficult one, only one can play. Obviously, I was not happy with that, because I was a regular player in the last two and a half years, and, all of a sudden, you are there on the bench and watching the other lad playing.
"But that’s football, and Karl deserves credit, because he’s done well. I was trying to prove to the gaffer and people that I deserved a chance, and trying to show that I was ready.
"I was patient, working even harder to get that position back, working extra every day. I’m glad that I’m there now.”