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Paul Dummett is you or me out on that pitch

4 months ago
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Paul Dummett has now been at Newcastle United for 19 years.

Back in 2000 he joined the NUFC youth set-up when Sir Bobby Robson was in charge.

Not that the Geordie knight would have registered that the then eight year old Geordie has started to live the dream.

Almost two decades later he is still here, a first team regular now and the only Geordie in the team now that Sean Longstaff is out of action.

He plays like you or I would, well at least in attitude anyway!

Against Southampton it was a typical performance. Ayoze Perez might have made all the headlines with the goals but it was Paul Dummett putting in tackle after tackle, block after block, as the Saints threatened to get back into the game.

Paul Dummett has his doubters and indeed I don’t think he is an ideal left-back in the game today, as getting forward doesn’t suit him whatsoever.

However, as an out and out defender he is very good and I think playing on the left as one of three centre-backs is ideal for him, as was the case on Saturday.

Paul Dummett speaking to official club site:

“All the players deserve praise and so do the fans for sticking with us in the tough times, the managerĀ  (as well) for what he has done.

“The manager brings that experience with him, from where he’s been in his career.

“Whether you win or get beat, he’s always the same.

“He doesn’t get too excited when you’ve won a game and when you get beat, he doesn’t get too down.

“He always tells us that we need to forget about the game; obviously look at a few things we’ve done and try to improve on those things, and don’t let those mistakes happen again, but he knows we’ve got another game in a few days to put things right.

He has stayed calm throughout the season, even those times when we were struggling a bit.

“He has always told us that if we play with anxiety it’ll be harder to win games, so we’ve tried to listen to his advice and put it into practice – it’s paid off.”

“Whether you’re going to be here next season or not, it doesn’t really matter, every player has their personal pride.

“As a team, we have the three games (left).

“We could win all three, we could lose all three, but we will be trying our best to get as many points as we can to finish in a strong position, hopefully we can beat last season’s tally.”

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