Paul Dummett once again showed yesterday that when he’s asked to do a job for Newcastle in very difficult circumstances, the former Kenton schoolboy can get the job done – and that’s exactly what he did yesterday against Liverpool in the second half , when Newcastle had been reduced to 10 men after Yanga-Mbiwa had been sent off.
Paul Dummett - give him a run of first team games
With the news tonight that Fab Coloccini will not be available for the Sunderland game, and maybe a few weeks after that with his groin strain, it looks like Alan Pardew will look to the experienced Steven Taylor, who was touch and go for the game yesterday, but should be ready for next Sunday’s important game after another full week of training.
It would have been great if Paul had been able to start the game at center-back against the old enemy, but the Newcastle manager has good reason to bank on experience in the white-hot atmosphere that will be the Stadium of Light on Sunday.
Paul has talked of his performance yesterday against Liverpool:
“Making my debut was massive, but scoring the goal to help the team get the 2-2 draw, I couldn’t have asked for anything better.” “But at the end of the day it is a team game and we worked well as a team to get a good point.”
“For me to play over there at Sunderland – I don’t know what I would do. It would mean everything. I think it would be the best feeling in the world.”
We hope that Paul gets a run at some point soon in the Newcastle first team, because he proved last season while on loan at St. Mirren, that he can improve quickly when he’s playing regularly.
And it doesn’t seem that the Premier League – where he has now played well in the second half against both Manchester City and Liverpool when we were down to 10 men – is too big a step up in class for the 22 year-old local lad.
That augers very well for Paul’s future at Newcastle, but Alan Pardew must give him a fair crack of the whip and give him his chance ….. soon.
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