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Alan Pardew Praise For Local Lad – He’s Like Lallana

8:39 am, Saturday, March 29th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has talked today about 22 year-old Paul Dummett, and the fact that he did not have great games against Fulham and Everton,  but did against Crystal Palace.

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Paul Dummett – still learning his trade

The Kenton youngster is still learning his trade at the club,  and he has started at left back since the Tottenham debacle, although Davide Santon is fit again, but not expected to start today at Southampton.

Santon has been out with a sore knee and then he was hit by tonsillitis last week, but he’s now ready to come back into the side, at some point before the end of the season.

This is what Pardew has said about young Dummett today:

“He had a difficult night with a player running at him all the time. He was a bit naive with some of the positions he got into but he’s a young player and he’s learning the game.” “What I do know is that he has a fantastic attitude and application and he will only learn from that.”

“Just like he learnt from Fulham when all his set-plays went skew-whiff.  Lallana was the same, I remember him not being able to clear the first defender with his set-plays in games, but you get that with young players and you have to stick with them and allow them to learn.”

“I know Paul Dummett is a much better player than he showed the other night.”  “I thought he reacted well after Fulham when he did not have his greatest game, but his running stats were unbelievable against Crystal Palace.”

“He has one great engine for a full-back. He just keeps going.”  “He has a great mentality. It is quite simple. He does not over-complicate things in his brain, that’s for sure.”

Paul’s free kicks and corners were not good at Fulham, but they have been very decent over the last couple of games, and he’s certainly got a great left foot, and has the ability and determination to make that left back spot his own on Tyneside.

We’ll see today down south, how he has recovered from his poor game on Tuesday night, but it’s going to be a tough game today.

But with a number of the Saints players missing out today with injuries, we may have a chance to win the game – but that’s always assuming somebody can put the ball into the back of the net.

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24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 cyprus // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Bonjour Niafron and other fans. What’s going to happen today then?

  • 2 noladonna // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    please dont play 442 today pardew its too much, think we will probably get a good hiding today hopefully ben arfa will get a full game

  • 3 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:46 AM

    @niafron re; hoof
    I think their has been an improvement – not seen as many booming diagonals; long/ short mixing it up, – but missing the killer pass/ poor final ball.

  • 4 niafron // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM


    Well, since some time, i see the black on our shirts rather than the white, but something come to my mind during the second half against Everton.

    I watched the team, how the lads fought back and yet, one more, time, without succes…

    I thought we played for nothing since several weeks.

    I was wrong.

    At each game, the team play for everything.

    For newcastle.

  • 5 noladonna // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    hope were playing in the brazil kit seems lucky for us

  • 6 niafron // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM


    Does “plurr” mean rain?

  • 7 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    That’s something to be positive about our lucky kit.

  • 8 Barras // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:49 AM

    “We’re a big club with 52,000 fans so that means we have to get success, but it’s very difficult to get success with the finance as it is.”

    “We’re going to stick with the game plan that we have and the structure that we have”.

    I think that tells us everything we need to know in terms of Newcastle United’s ambition, or lack of.

    Sports Direct has made £260m profits in the last year.

    Newcastle United has probably made £50-70m profit in the last year after one considers Sky/BT payments, ticket sales, merchandise, and the sale of Cabaye. Yet we are going to continue with the same approach in the forthcoming transfer window.

    Of course. I do not think that Ashley will just invest in loan-players this summer. I think he will spend around £15-25m because the club will be in a relegation fight next year if he doesn’t.

    However, by “keeping with the same structure”, Newcastle United will then sell more of our best players in 2015 or 2016.

  • 9 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

    Le Drizzel

  • 10 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    So is the style of play getting better?

  • 11 noladonna // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    lets be honest there’s very little to be positive about at our club at the minute

  • 12 Barras // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:53 AM

    Ultimately, Newcastle United is going nowhere until the fans break their addictions and stop attending the games, and buying the kits etc.

    It is astonishing how people still say: “Well this summer will tell us everything we need to know about whether Mike Ashley wants to take the club into Europe”. No. That time has passed.

    The sale of Cabaye was the final, final, final piece of evidence we needed.

  • 13 niafron // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:54 AM


    Well, i don’t know… Several times, i told to myself our play imporved.

    During Pard first full season (2011/2012), i remember an excellent first half at villa Park. It was also an excellent game at West brom… (maybe we should move to Birmingham!).

    But it never stood long.

    In fact, Pard do not have strong idea about play, and when things get harder, he simply give up and we resume hoofball.

  • 14 welshgeordie9 // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:56 AM


    You such a hypocrite

    Having a go at me for calling Belfast a prick when last night you called pardew one

  • 15 noladonna // Mar 29, 2014 at 8:58 AM

    i wanna see sissoko in the middle for the rest of the season next to tiote

  • 16 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    The Special One would throw on 3 strikers – but AP does not have that option, and the players themselves tend to go more direct.
    If you game changer is Shola …
    I do think they are trying to win games by playing football unlike some teams, it’s just they are not quite there yet ” “, but we will get some good games as you say.
    We are a “confidence” team because frankly we don’t have the best squad.

  • 17 cyprus // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Niafron @4,
    So you got some positives from our drubbing? In truth, so did I! Today, this IS our cup final, they must give everything they have, TO WIN. It’s only Southampton, come on.
    Archeo, went to your site, interesting (though didn’t understand a lot!). I just thought YOU were an ancient magpie yourself 🙂 Would you be able to guess a ‘date’ on an ancient 4 m. androgynous statue I’ve found over in the occupied area? A Harvard archaeologist did take a guess, but she wasn’t sure either. Probably not in your area…

  • 18 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    If we had more and better offensive options that might be ideal.
    Poor Anita where would you put him?

  • 19 archaeomag // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Interested in anything and everything; super cool arch – very important hub.
    . . and what with less and less football to watch . . .

  • 20 Marty-Toon // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Ben Arfa wouldn’t last a full game I reckon.

  • 21 toon kk // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    So many people have this idea of Mash spending big in the summer, there going to be disappointed, 14 mill max I reckon. Pards doesn’t want us in Europe so no big names are required.
    Mid table for years to come thats if we’re not relegated in the meantime. Without Remy we would have gone down this season.

  • 22 Marty-Toon // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    We seem to think and believe that Ashley will add 7 players to the team this coming window.
    Don’t know where that came from but can’t see more than 3 first teamers coming in and maybe the other 4 for the development squad or reserves.
    Pards says Dummett is like Lallana in his early days,the thing is with our club do we bring him on as a player or will he stagnate?
    Do we really have the best coaches to bring the best out of players?
    Beardo was a top player and Stone was decent but that doesn’t make em great coaches.
    We will see what happens with our young uns,Armstrong hopefully will get as much playing time as Dummett.
    Dummett has made progress yet a lot of mistakes and Collo has to cover him a lot,yet if Armstrong or any striker r.e De Jong don’t score goals within a few games then they’re benched or crap.
    Strikers don’t get the same timeframe with fans.

  • 23 GeordieInSunderland // Mar 29, 2014 at 9:32 AM

    Dummett is Championship at best. He was awful against Everton didn’t offer an attacking option at all by over lapping. Haidara is a much better option , quick, attacks down the wing and a much better overall player.

    Why are we so obsessed with local lads coming through and making them out to be better than they are. He’s living and got a new contract on the Liverpool goal.

  • 24 hadthetshirt // Mar 29, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    pardwho actually spoke the truth on ITV last night,he said Lallana had improved since he left 🙂

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