He Threw His Body In The Way Like His Life Depended On It


Bob Moncur, the Newcastle captain when we last won a trophy back in 1969, when we won the Inter City Fairs Cup,  has been very impressed with the performances of Paul Dummett at center-back, and Bob should know he was such a powerful center-back for the Magpies.

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Paul Dummett – such a promising defender

Apparently Paul didn’t know he was playing in the center until almost the last minute, so we’re not quite sure when Steven Taylor picked up his injury.

Paul had played superbly at Manchester City in central defense, and certainly looked the part alongside Coloccini, and he did the same yesterday, putting in another stalwart display for the Magpies – and another clean sheet.

Bob Moncur was very impressed and this is what he had to say in the Chronicle today:

“Paul was a throwback to an old school centre-half for me.¨ “He was throwing his body into the way of the ball like his life depended on it.¨

“There were blocks, tackles and he’s also very good in the air.¨ “For a player who has played at full-back that’s not easy to do.¨

“But he done everything that was asked of him.”

That was our third clean sheet in a row, and it seems that center-back is where Paul could finally end up playing for Newcastle, and he’s improved a lot this season, with the many games he’s been getting.

He usually lines up at left back, but young Massadio Haidara has also looked good when he’s come in on the left, and we dare say when Davide Santon comes back from injury in a few weeks time, he could have a hard job getting his place back at left-back.

And manager Alan Pardew will have to consider playing Paul regularly at center-back, once the 23 year-old gets more Premier League games under his belt.

That was Paul’s 11th appearance for Newcastle this season, and he now has 33 total appearances for his home-town club – and he’s becoming a very good defender for the Magpies – there’s no doubt about that.

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84 comments so far

  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:12 PM

    Comment #1

    Surely he means like his life didn’t depend on it? Splitting hairs I know.

    Repost due to my appalling timing returning to the blog at exactly the moment Ed posts another article –

    Fully agree with Wayayman – we are all fully aware of what’s happened to the team, the manager with his back firmly against the wall shallows hard on that stubborn egotistical ingrained method of his and realises that the massed fan base indeed has a collective intelligence to see the obvious and actually had a point. Cue coincidental and fortuitous injuries to his preferred personnel and the necessity to blood young players he would normally consign to the eternal torment of reserve football, and Voila! Players in their natural position ( not Pardew preferred ones mind you) and a determination not to be championship players ( I don’t fully buy the ‘We’re all behind Alan’ spiel) and now we have Sissoko finally cutting powerfully across the midfield, proper wing backs and wingers delivering excellent (yep I did say that) crosses into the box where we have correctly positioned players lurking, and pressing, hassling hard work off the ball. Even the enforced positioning of Dummet shows he is far better as a CB than a lousy attacking LB. Some of this is Pardew’s contrition, some enforced by circumstances, but if those stars continue to align, Pardew is welcome to stay. But beware the ides of the last season my friends, his luck may not hold out. I’ll enjoy it while I can though.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:25 PM

    Comment #2

    Dummett, looks more comfortable at centre half and Colocini looks much better than when Williamson is alongside him.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:41 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m so glad this lad is doing well this season.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #4

    Welshgeordie, the defense looks more settled since Williamson disappeared!

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    Comment #5

    Welsh – by that I take it you mean that you’re pleased he’s doing well at long last in the position where his defensive duties are nailed in and his tendency to try and be a winger are curtailed successfully for the good of the team? Might faint if you read that all out in one go, of course 🙂

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #6

    i think he’s much better playing as a centre half, he’s a bit like Steven Taylor.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #7

    Saylor and Dummett are much better than the lethargic Williamson.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    Comment #8

    i thought we had a small squad until pardew started to play our fringe players, i mean who would of thought players like dummett, obertan, abeid, and Sammy would sill be here this season,plus we have got Ryan Taylor who has been out two years, plus a player who has never played premier league football before in Rolando Aarons.

    Six extra players on top of 1st team squad, hats off to pardew.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:56 PM

    Comment #9

    We have got a nice tidy squad, just hope we can keep them all that’s my worry.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #10

    The young guns seem to be working minor miracles for Pardew.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #11

    To be honest i don’t really care who comes in January, who ever comes in i think will find it hard to get in the 1st team.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #12

    Another striker would be a good idea.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #13

    mag92

    i think you are right there mate, maybe just a forward to come in, but he will have to be better than the ones we have got.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #14

    What the hell is happening to chucky and is rivière injured.

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  • mag92

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    Comment #15

    Doumbia would be a good shout!

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:16 PM

    Comment #16

    if pardew has got abeid playing good football at the moment, why cant he do the same with Harris Vuckic.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #17

    @Welshgeordie

    Would love to see Vuckic get a chance to to be reworked a target man in the Zlatan but he seems to fragile I fear he will probably leave this summer without ever being fully fit enough to stake a claim for any position really

    Can see him going to France or Italy and doing well in a slower league where he gets time on the ball

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  • Harley

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    Comment #18

    If Taylor is out then hopefully dummet takes his place and not Williamson.

    Williamson was immense last season but has been woeful this season. The opposite can be said of Taylor who looked finished last season but looks back to hits best now. (It’s weird how that happens)

    As far as vuckic goes, I think his ship has sailed. He’s never grasped his chance in the way the current youngsters have, be it due to injury or simply because he’s not good enough.

    I still think we need a cb and striker to complete the squad

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:51 PM

    Comment #19

    Dummet, Abeid & Perez have been excellent. Dummet has shown he is a more than capable centre half.
    Pardew’s hand has been forced to play the young, hungry, players and he has admitted they have surprised him. Some might say he is brave to play them, I would say he was desperate. The fact that he couldn’t see that Abeid is far better than Anita for example concerns me.
    My opinion of Pardew has not changed and it won’t until we have shown a sustained improvement, not just one good month in a calendar year.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:55 PM

    Comment #20

    Well well.

    No reference to Pardew in the headline and posts on this thread appear positive and supportive of both him and players. Good to read.

    Just in case the beggars among us feel neglected, here’s a comment I posted on the previous thread:

    ‘Scanning these posts and quite frankly I think it’s sad, disappointing that some of our fraternity don’t seem to have the brains to get off Pardew’s back!

    We’ve had some surprisingly good results and good sense should be telling Pardew’s detractors, telling some players’ critics to get off their backs and SUPPORT THEM WHEN THINGS ARE GOING WELL!

    Do these people enjoy, thrive on negativism.

    Ffs, wake up!’

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #21

    Whoops

    * beggars = neggars!

    Yes, neggars, doom-mongers, sad sad people!

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  • Harley

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #22

    Lesh

    You must’ve posted that before reading novo.

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  • Gregor4

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Great display from a lad widely criticised in the past, glad he is turning a corner.

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  • santonthenewmaldini

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Comment #24

    On the whole Abeid over Anita role Anita cost 6 million and Abeid about 300k so I think Pardew was defo under pressure to try get Anita up to speed but its just not worked out for him

    Abeid really does excite me when I watch him though like a mixture of Cabaye and Tiote with more pace , would like to see him have some more shots on goals and maybe take some of the goal scoring free kicks

    Not every young player can make it and not every foreigner that we buy will make it I would quite like to see us put in money in January for a proven premier league centre back like a beast like Shawcross

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #25

    Haha had to post it lol. All tongue in cheek of course.

    “I’m feeling all angry about these modern day footballers and I know why they have gone all soft. It’s because of poncy names it is. Remember the old days when footy players kicked a fcuking ball made out of ten pounds of clay stitched inside a steel reinforced leather shell with laces made out of piano wire? Well, in them days players could only survive the rigours of the game because they were called proper names like Albert, Arthur, Bert, Harry, Bill, Eddie, Bob, Jack and Tommy. Fcuking tough names for tough men them was. And what do we have now? Gareth, Jason, Wayne, Dean, Ryan, Jamie, Robbie. Fcuking tart’s names they are. Great big fcuking poofs.

    No wonder the ball’s like a fcuking balloon and shin pads are like slices of bread. In the old days you never saw a Len Shackleton or Billy Wright with a poofy little Sondico piece of paper down his little thin socks. Fcuking shin pads in them days was made out of library books and socks was like sackcloth. Same with jerseys. Fcuking shirts with holes in ’em now so they can breathe? Yes and so Jamie’s hairless chest can breathe and he doesn’t get a chill. Fcuk off. Stanley Matthews used to dribble round Europe’s finest wearing a fcuking tent, shorts cobbled together from the jacket of his demob suit and hobnail boots. Aye, he bloody did.

    No wonder players fall over whenever an opponent comes near them. And they never used to show their arses at one another in them days either. Can you imagine what might have happened if Don Revie had flashed his ring at Nat Lofthouse during a City – Bolton Wanderers game? He’d have got one of them size 13 hobnail fcukers up his chuff, that’s what.

    Fcuking therapy for stress my arse! Stan Colleymore slaps his missus about and he takes three seasons off with stress counselling. What is that all about? In the old days, it was expected for footballers to belt the old sow about a bit, especially after a bad defeat. And the old women used to expect it and so they should. They was lucky to be married to footballers.

    Ernie McCludgy of Port Vale got run over with a horse and cart one Friday night and still he turned out against Bradford the next day. And he scored two goals. That’s cos he didn’t have a poof’s name. Good old Ernie. It is said he broke his hip, both legs, murdered his wife and buried her under the patio and still made the England team for the home internationals. Did he have any stress counselling? Did he bollox!

    And drugs? There was none of that in the old days. Oh no. In them days it was a quick shot of morphine before the kick off and you was lucky if you got that. By half time if it had all but wore off they pumped you full of Laudanum. None of this cocaine sniffing and shooting up class A narcotics.

    Fcuking goal celebrations! Don’t talk to me about goal celebrations. Crawling on the floor and thrusting their hips at the crowd. Huh, I’d have liked to have seen Cliff Bastin do that after a run down the left flank and crossing for Alex James to fire home a winner. Handshakes, that was all you got. That and a w@nk in the showers afterwards. But it was a proper w@nk… real man stuff. None of these poofy w@nks between blokes that you get nowadays with players like Graeme and Stefan. It was just a harmless bit of spanking the plank among healthy young sportsmen.

    Sixty grand a fcuking week! Ha! I wouldn’t pay ’em tuppence. Two bob is what Tommy Lawton used to get… a month! And Tom Finney still worked as a fitter four days a week when he was playing for England. Its true you know. Players had to work them days just to make up their money. Not like today. Stan Pearson had to clean sewers and doubled up as the Old Trafford sh1thouse cleaner. He had to go off during one game because a log jam had built up and blocked the u-bend in the director’s sh1tter. And that Eddie Hapgood, he was a male model, though he never liked to talk about it.

    So I say we start calling kids real male names again. If you’re having a kid don’t even consider a poofy name like what people call their kids these days. Otherwise, what are we gonna get in twenty years time? The England team full of players called Ronan, Keanu, Ashley, Brooklyn and fcuking Chesney. Fcuk that, call your kids Herbert, Len, Fred and Wilf and lets get the poofters out of the game once and for all!”

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  • Average_Contents

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    Comment #26

    Oh and by the way just for clarification, I am not the author. Just found it floating around ‘t’internet.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #27

    Have you been drinking tonight average.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:32 PM

    Comment #28

    Average_Contents

    C’mon, admit it, modesty stops you accepting the credit for such a masterful script.

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  • lesh

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #29

    welshgeordie9

    Laudenum and Absytnth were the inspiration for Shelley, Byron, Keats, Wordsworth and maybe, just maybe Average?

    Genius, such modest genius.

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  • Graeme

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #30

    Average – a splendid post mate lol

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #31

    And now for my celebration haiku:
    Once we were rank
    Now we make a glorious run
    Autumn leaves bring great footy

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:49 PM

    Comment #32

    AC; gave me a good laugh that. Cheers.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #33

    Huge changes afoot in the club. Abeid brings stability. You don’t notice him for a while then the opposition mount an attack and he’s there to break it up. Perez has the makings of a great striker. Dummett was tremendous at CB. Colo played a brilliant game. Sissoko looks fantastic in the middle of the pitch. He dominates going forward.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Nov 10, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #34

    Pardew can stay (for now at least). I still think he’s a plonker though 🙂 . Pochettino is on the edge of a cliff. Spurs look horrible under him. Gone before Christmas? Levy should be gone with him.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:01 PM

    Comment #35

    We stared at the darkness
    The light stared back, smiling
    The dawn is glorious

    I like this Haiku stuff.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:03 PM

    Comment #36

    You are hopeless
    You are great again
    We still think you’re pants Pards

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:08 PM

    Comment #37

    Lesh @20 – falling into the trap of Anti-pardew = anti-players again I see

    Always a good head shaker that gem.

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Hood spot, Average. I often reflect on the days when a players skill in judging mid flight of a ball whether to head if or not by anticipating whether the stitching on a casey was going to rotate unfavourably to the forehead 🙂

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  • nufc786

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:13 PM

    Comment #39

    is this a dead blog i see?

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  • Tsunki

    Nov 10, 2014 at 9:16 PM

    Comment #40

    Nufc786 – ha it probably is now, with our combined powers!

    😀

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