Newcastle star Paul Dummett has declared that United ‘…are not a bad team’ and just need to get back the form they showed when winning five consecutive Premier League matches back in October/November last year.

The Geordie defender was a relative success last season, especially when moved across to centre-back, rather than his usual left-back position where he has often been exposed by decent wingers.

Whilst Dummett declares that bad teams don’t win six (incl the League Cup win at Man City) games in a row, I suppose by the same token you can say that no decent team would lost eight in a row as United did in the second half of the last campaign.

Paul Dummett also states the obvious of needing new players to help avoid a repeat of last season’s near disaster.

Though time is running out with his hope of players being signed up in time to give both players and fans a ‘boost going into pre season’.

With only four days until pre season training starts on Wednesday and 13 days to the first friendly, when Newcastle take on Gateshead at the International Stadium.

Paul Dummett:

“From January/February we had 35 points, we just drifted away and never regained the form we had shown in the first half (of the season).

“We are not a bad team, we beat teams like Chelsea, Tottenham and Liverpool – bad teams don’t do that. We also won six games in a row and need to find that form again.”

Signing players:

“New players can help us push up the Premier League so we aren’t in the same position we were in at the end of the season next year.

“Hopefully that (signing players) does happen and it can give us a boost going into pre season.”