In the two Premier League games so far this season Newcastle have fielded three Englishman and two of those – Jack Colback and Paul Dummett – are local lads.
Paul Dummett and Daryl Janmaat in action yesterday
Paul Dummett has been interviewed on the Newcastle web-site today, and this is what the Kenton lad had to say about yesterday’s draw at Aston Villa and the upcoming Capital One Cup tie at Gillingham on Tuesday night:
“It was a pleasing performance.” “I think we played well as a team, but it’s a bit disappointing not to get three points.” “We’ve lost two points there today.”
“There are positives from the game to take forward into the cup game in midweek and then Crystal Palace next weekend though.”
“Villa are a good team – young and fit – and they tried to hit us on the counter a few times as well.” “It’s a tough place to go, Villa Park, and I think the performance from the boys was good, and we need to carry it on for the whole season really.”
“The Tuesday game is massive for the Club,” “We haven’t won a cup for years and years and we’ve been knocked out in the early stages in the last few years as well, so it’s important for the team, especially to get the season off on a winning run.”
It’s 45 years since we won the Inter-City Fairs Cup back in 1969, and it’s now 59 years since we last won a local cup, when we thrashed Manchester City 3-1 in the FA Cup Final of 1955, and that was our third FA Cup win in five years – having also won it in 1951 and 1952.
Newcastle have won the FA Cup six times in total (1910, 1924, 1932, 1951, 1952 and 1955) and been runners-up seven times (1905, 1906, 1908, 1911, 1974, 1998, 1999) – and we have never been in the League Cup (Capital One Cup) final.
We need to change that this season, but with another league game coming up on Saturday against Crystal Palace, Pardew will play at least half the side on Tuesday night at Gillingham with some of our fringe players.
With big Mike Williamson banned from the game on Saturday, he may start the game on Tuesday night.
We hope we are strong enough to get through the second round tie – the very last thing we want on Tuesday night is a defeat. 🙁
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