It was something to savour – a born and bred Geordie playing at centre-half in a team that had been reduced to 10 men just before half time, yet Paul Dummett still managed to put Newcastle ahead 2-1 after 56 minutes with a really well taken goal – his first goal for the club – and the look on his face immediately after he scored said it all.
Paul Dummett – after calming down a little – great goal
It turns out that both Mike Williamson and Paul Dummett were nursing injuries and Willo was a big doubt and it says something about the Stroke-born center-half that he had another solid game at the back for Newcastle in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool – we would have taken that result with 11 men never mind 10.
Alan Pardew was full of praise for Paul Dummett, who again came on and put in a good performance in the Newcastle first team:
“We throw up an unusual player to give us the lead, out of our Academy. We love him to bits, Paul Dummett, he’s a local guy and I know what it meant to him, it was brilliant that moment. That will be the biggest moment I take away from the game, his face. I think he had a little hop and a jump.”
“It was tough for Newcastle fans and the manager, we put such effort in that we deserved a point for sure. So therefore you are kicking every ball, defending every ball, our fans were great and they stayed with us. It was just a great game of football. If you love football that is what you want to see.”
“I keep saying we are trying for a more offensive look and we need to be able to defend as well, we conceded another two today. We are going to score goals and I’m going to make sure that we keep every attacking flair in the team.” “We had Sammy, Papiss, Shola, Obertan on the bench, all our players are playing well, offensive players.”
“Now we just have to tighten up, that is important for us.” “Willo was struggling for this game and Paul Dummett trained yesterday in the first team, I think it helped as it focused him. That if Willo got injured in the first fifteen minutes, he was going to play.”
“Therefore when he came on he was ready for the game, the goal was a great bonus.”
We’re not sure of the status of Steven Taylor and whether he will be fit for the Sunderland game – but we’d like to see Paul given a chance – every Geordie should be given the chance to play in the local derby.
And Sunderland went down 4-0 at Swansea this afternoon through four second half goals, and now have one draw from their first eight games – and we hope we can keep it that way after the game at the Stadium of Light next Sunday.
We have to make up for what happened in the last derby game in April.