There’s something really good to see a local lad come on against Liverpool, and not only hold his own but score his first goal for Newcastle, and that’s exactly what happened to Paul Dummett on Saturday , and it just shows how important it is to bring the youngsters through the Youth Academy to the first team.
Paul Dummett – after scoring on Saturday
And after about 20 minutes into the second half Paul was seen talking to Alan Pardew, and if you had wondered what that conversation was about Alan Pardew spilled the beans in the local papers:
“He came over to tell me the player he was marking at set-pieces, Mamadou Sakho had gone off, so I said to him ‘well, mark someone bigger then’.”
“We all had a bit of a chuckle about it, because we all knew he had gone off too.” “Most players just adjust to that but there is a lovely naivety about him.”
“He is such a lovely boy, trust me and we know him and his dad Ian really, really well, and his family must be pleased as punch with him.”
And the local lad, who is expected to get a new contract at Newcastle soon, had this to say about Saturday:
“Every boy in this area wants to play for United and wants to score goals.” “I’ve scored at the Gallowgate end and it’s something no one can take away from you!”
It was a terrific and gutsy performance on Saturday by the Newcastle side, not only because we played so well in that first half and Yohan Cabaye scored a simply brilliant goal out of nothing, but we also saw the other side of Newcastle in the second half, after Yanga-Mbiwa had been sent off.
It was all hands to the pump, and with 10 men we drew the second half 1-1. and held on for a great point.
Now we need Newcastle to continue their professionalism, and always turn up for games and show the grit and spirit that was displayed in that second half on Saturday.
It starts at the Stadium of Light on Sunday when we meet Sunderland, and we have to treat Sunderland just like we did Liverpool – with the utmost respect.
If we do that we should do well.