For Paul Dummett, he believes it is a job well done.

Newcastle United reaching 41 points with five games still to go, with even Rafa Benitez thinking that the club are now safe from relegation.

The Geordie defender was injured in the opening game of the season and then came back in for the Man City home match in late December.

Since that defeat to the champions, Paul Dummett has played 12 games and Newcastle have picked up five wins and five draws, with only the two defeats.

Having secured  safety, the left-back is now targeting those above Newcastle, with Everton only one point above, plus NUFC have a game in hand.

Dummett hopes Newcastle can beat Sam Allardyce’s team and take over ninth spot, they could even go eighth with a victory if Leicester fail to beat Southampton on Thursday night.

Whilst the opening two thirds of the season saw Newcastle bossing things against relegation rivals but struggle again those in the top half, the last seven games have included wins over second (Man Utd), sixth (Arsenal) and eighth (Leicester).

No wonder Paul Dummett declares ‘confidence is high’.

Beating Fat Sam and overtaking the blue scousers would be just so satisfying.

Paul Dummett talking to the official club site:

“I think even with 38 points, it would have been hard for teams to catch us.

“It has been a tough game [against Arsenal] and we knew it was going to be tough before the game.

“Credit to everyone who played as we have managed to get the three points that have taken us to 41, which sees us comfortable now.

“With the last four results, we’ve won four games in a row now, and confidence is high.

“We will go to Everton hoping to beat them and take over them.

“Our main priority was to make sure we were safe this season, but the amount of points we’ve got the last four games has seen us safe, so now we can start looking up and we can try and win as many games as we can, to try and finish as high as we can.

“I thought we were pretty comfortable at the end but it is tough when you’re sitting back and they have all of the ball.

“You have to be really organised, with a lot of organisation between the back four and the midfield, making sure you’re all in the right position, and we were.

“When you go a goal down in any game, it’s a tough challenge, but especially when you go a goal down against a top team in England, which has got a lot of top players worth a lot of money.

“We had to work hard as a team.

“We had to be compact and narrow and not let them play through the middle of us because we know how much quality they’ve got.

“We got that goal [to go 2-1 up] and after that we carried on fighting until the end of the game to make sure we got the three points.”

Stats from BBC Sport:

Newcastle 2 Arsenal 1


Newcastle: Perez 29, Ritchie 68

Arsenal: Lacazette 14

Possession was Arsenal 72% Newcastle 28%

Total shots were  Arsenal 15 Newcastle 8

Shots on target were Arsenal 3 Newcastle 4

Corners were  Arsenal 5 Newcastle 2

Referee: Anthony Taylor

Newcastle United:

Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Lejeune, Dummett, Ritchie (Murphy 86), Shelvey, Kenedy, Perez (Joselu 79), Gayle (Slimani 63))

Unused Subs:

Darlow, Manquillo, Clark, Hayden

Crowd: 52,210 (2,700 Arsenal approx)

(Alan Shearer revels in Newcastle win and has Piers Morgan and other Arsenal fans biting – Read HERE)

(United fan/writer instant reaction to the 2-1 victory – Read it HERE)

(Match ratings of all NUFC players after beating Arsenal – Read HERE)

(Arsene Wenger says Newcastle didn’t even deserve a point…Read HERE)

(Rafa Benitez reaction after final whistle – Read HERE)

(Garth Crooks revisits ‘Rafa could win Premier League with Newcastle’ comments – Read HERE)

(Mohamed Diame talks through the win over Arsenal and reaching PL safety – Read it HERE)

  • TheNutJob

    I hope the boys really stick it to old Hippo Heed.

    • Andy Mac

      After their “great result” at Swansea Big Sham will have them fired up

  • Andy Mac

    “You have to be really organised, with a lot of organisation between the back four and the midfield, making sure you’re all in the right position, and we were”

    Not difficult to understand why Rafa is in demand whereas Pardwho isnt ?

  • Wor Lass

    I really want us to beat Everton – for the points. I`m not bothered at all about Hippo Heed. He`s effective at what he does, which is basically to play a dull brand of football designed to keep a team in the PL, and I`m glad he`s not our manager any more but that`s it. I assume we`ll be mathematically safe by then so the lads should be able to play with a bit more freedom. Hopefully, the likes of Slimani and Murphy can have a bit more of a run-out as well. Finishing inside the top ten would be a magnificent achievement by Rafa and the boys.

    • mentalman

      its a hard decision rafa has to make, does he stick with the same team and see how high we can get or does he make changes and give the likes of Murphy, merino, hayden etc the much needed game time they need to be better for next season

      • Wor Lass

        Merino is the mystery to me. Fair enough, Mighty Mo and Jonjo have been playing out of their skin but he hasn`t even been on the bench. He must either be injured (he did miss a lot of games in Germany because of that back injury, I think) or he`s going.

        • mentalman

          i think its clear to most that he’s not a defensive midfielder and if rafa is going to try and change the midfield he will make it defensively stronger, it was however a surprise to see two strikers on the bench and merino not there.

          It happened to Clark earlier in the season, he went away on international duty and disappeared from the team for a couple of weeks.

    • Viru leckworth

      Only Bolton and Sunderland wanted to keep Allardyce. Everton fans don’t want him either. Tells a story.

  • Dillon Tovak

    It’s an intriguing game now, will the players continue to have the same hunger and will Rafa start to give minutes to those who’ve been missing out recently?
    Do Everton’s players even want Allardyce to remain in charge?