Nobody’s Place Is Safe At Newcastle These Days


Paul Dummett has started almost every game for Rafa this season and the local lad thinks the competition for places at the club is the best it’s been for many years.

Yesterday we did very well in the first half and looked like we were cruising to an easy win when we went in 2-0 up at half time.

But the second half was a lot different, with Cardiff City coming back into the game and they went close to ending Newcastle’s winning streak.

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Paul Dummett in action yesterday at Newcastle

But we persevered and won the game 2-1 to take our winning streak to a fantastic 8 games in all competitions – something to reflect on over the two week International break.

Paul will be looking forward to potentially playing against Aleksandar Mitrovic, when Wales play Serbia in Cardiff on November 12.

It would be good if Paul can make that game because he’s been in consistent form for Newcastle this season and Rafa seems to rate the Welsh International.

This is what Dummett has said in the Chronicle today about the terrific competition for places, when even our 11 goal striker Dwight Gayle was on the bench yesterday:

“I think the competition for places is there for all to see.” “Mitro started the game and Dwight Gayle was on the bench.”

“That shows the strength in depth we have now.” “Last season the team almost picked itself and when people were fit they just walked back into the team.”

“We did well in the first half but we know can improve on the second.” “Maybe we took our foot off the gas.”

“But it’s great to win again and take that run to eight matches.”

“We can go off for the international break in good spirits and look forward to the Leeds game when we come back.” “I’m looking forward to it.”

“Mitro has been in good form and I’m sure manager Chris Coleman will be asking me about him when I join up with Wales!”

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57 comments so far

  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #1

    Au contraire mon ami
    Yesterday probably proved Ritchie’s place is safe as houses

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  • Mag52

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    Paul Dummett is probably the most underestimated player in our team.
    He represents his country, he’s an ever – present for his club side and his club manager clearly rates his contributions to the success of the team.
    Let’s give him a bit more credit eh ?

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #3

    Looks like our main rival this season is going to be Brighton, happy with that, as long as we finish 1st or 2nd don’t really care as we will be up against Chris Hughton.

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  • welshgeordie9

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    Norwich have been shocking last couple of matches, I don’t think they’ve got over us beating them, still think the players have got that at the back of their minds when they are on the pitch, can’t believe we’ve traumatised them that badly.

    Ha ha ha

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #5

    Mag
    He gets a lot of credit for a player who can only do half his job tbf. Hes also only an ever present because Galloway went to West Brom instead of us

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  • Novocastrian66

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #6

    Mag52 he’s rubbish.

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  • Toonfan8

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:52 AM

    Comment #7

    Dummett isnt that bad player, he always put 100%… he dont have attacking ability like crossing, overlaping and others, but he defend for life… solid player and local and on low wages too…

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  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Achraf Lazaar is a much more exprienced left back than Brendan Galloway and he cannot dislodge Dummett.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib
    Not in English football and he hasnt dislodged him yet

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  • lochinvar

    Nov 6, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #10

    Somewhat off topic but yesterday’s great win for Ireland against the All Blacks in front of 62,000 in Chicago indicates the growing trend of a global sporting circus with matches and events playing around the world. USA , China and the mega rich Mid East countries looking to history these events.
    We have F1 as the role model, tennis and golf out there as well . Rugby goes abroad and NFL comes to London ( why not Grimsby ? ) .
    The appalling organisation that is FIFA want to be part of that trend as it lines their pockets with gold and the next stage is the European Super League becoming the World Club Franchise so that Chinese and American Clubs can be invited in the inner sanctum . Only the rich and glamorous will be invited to the party when it starts so Leicester for example would be excluded as not being an A list club. Where NUFC will be when this happens is anyone’s guess but is Ashley thinking of the possibilities ?

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #11

    WW
    From previous re DeJong
    Yep, feel only a little bit the same about Aaron’s, and to a degree Haidara, concerning their injuries. Frustrating.
    But we bought De Jong with a history of injuries, he continued to have a catalogue of injuries here, was never fit for 5 minutes let alone a couple of months and he pulled a huge amount of cash in wages.
    So no, never seen if he could ever be fit for owt ever again here mate. That’s why I hope we don’t see him coming back into the squad, as ed suggested in the article.

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  • sing in the corner

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #12

    Dummett was solid, got forward on occasions yesterday and would have got on the scoresheet if it wasn’t for a terrific and a bit lucky reaction save

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  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #13

    Lazaar was being warmed up on about 70 minutes but then Whittingham got a goal back for the Bluebirds and Anita was brought on for Goofy instead.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #14

    sing
    Fair doos mate though if the others are given a clean sheet in regards to injuries why not Siem? If he comes through alright at PSV for the year then I am happy for him to return to us and see if Rafa can get the best out of him, especially as (touch wood) Rafa is improving our injury record and he is intent on continuing with that

    Am not fussed about his wages vs play time tbh meaningless to me

    And when he did get on the pitch for us he looked good

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  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #15

    i know some on here will have a meltdown but Colback was the player we missed yesterday without him Shelvey had to play a much deeper role which hampered his play and freedom to roam across the middle of the park
    Shelvey was definitely not as effective and punishing without Colback

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  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    We struggled somewhat in my opinion because 2 stalwarts of the team were missing – Ritchie and Colback.

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  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #17

    Hibbit – snap

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Jib
    Correct

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  • Budge123

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #19

    Dummett has found his level.
    Lets not forget how awful his defending was last season. Partly that was due to the waste of space that was often infront of him.
    He looks better this year because the team is organised and by and large the opposition is poor.

    He wont be our starting left back once promoted. If he is then forget about top half and Europe! The lad only has one foot.

    He does offer commitment and consistency at this level and it’s enough for now.

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  • Oldgit1

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #20

    @ Nova what a rubbish statement, Dummett has been an ever present, we have the best goal difference in the league. Rafa rates him and he plays for Wales. Give your head a shake and stop coming on this blog with stupid remarks. It boils my piss when people have a go at him.
    Dummett is the best defensive defender in that position we have and people that are pushing for Lazaar to replace him what are your reasons ? it’s not what we have seen of him, as he never plays.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #21

    You can’t really say that Dummett plays for Wales, he’s had a total of half an hour on the pitch for them.
    I think he’s doing nicely this season but you can’t call him an International, it reminds me of when Ed would write about “England U21 international Shola Ameobi” when he was about 34

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  • Oldgit1

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #22

    @ Hibbet nice to see you back. I agree re Colback a very underrated player. We appear more balanced when he plays with Shelvey. People knock him but think he will be an important player for us.

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  • SUTTY1978

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #23

    Job, not sure you could say Colback is a stalwart, he’s played less minutes than Hayden. Agree Ritchie was a big miss though.
    I think Rafa needs to use his subs earlier to give us fresh legs on the park, Hayden obviously faded yesterday after a very good first 60 mins, that would have been a good time to draft the ginger one onto the pitch

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #24

    Oldgit
    We are by far the best team in the league with the best manager there who favors defensive stability it would be a failure if we didnt have the best GD. As for Dummett playing for Wales he has two caps and Wales dont have a huge pool of players to pull from

    People are pushing for a better LB and Lazaar was brought in to play surely?

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  • Ron Knee

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #25

    BBC website:-

    “Only the cruellest of people would ask whether it was coincidental that Sunderland’s first victory came while David Moyes was sat suspended in the stands.”

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:43 AM

    Comment #26

    Hibbitt

    This is what I posted last night when I got in….

    Just got in
    how I saw it
    MISSED COLBACK
    without Colback – Shelvey was playing to deep and got deeper as Hayden faded – played like a third centre half today.

    Great first five minutes good goal good build up hold up and pass from Mitrovich
    THEN – we were poor rest of the half until Goufran scored.
    Second half much the same as the first half good first five minutes then poor rest of the game gave Cardiff umpteen chances second half before they scored to get back into the game.

    We played to deep – to slow – to square – to much sideways backwards which invited Cardiff onto us.

    My merit marks

    Darlow 7 did nowt wrong did what he had to do – unsighted for goal
    Yedlin 7 Again good going forward linked up well
    Clark 8 Pick of our defenders. defended well – used the ball well
    Lascalles 7 defended well but use of ball poor – to slow tends to pass backwards sideways.
    Dummett 8 dumbest did as Dummett does well defended well got in some great tackles late in second half when Cardiff were pressing
    Goufran 7 took his goal well always involved – team lost shape when he was substituted
    Shelvey 7 sprayed the ball around but played to deep to threaten Cardiff
    Hayden 6 started well but faded as the game went on
    Atsu 7 as above started well took his goal well but gave/lost the ball in dangerous places second half.
    Perez 5 Invisible most of the game neve got close to Mitrovich
    Mitrovich 8 my MOM ploughed a lone furrow up front isolated to often but had great vision in setting up first goal – constant thorn in Cardiff’s defence.
    Subs
    Anita did ok
    Diame did OK brought a bit of urgency up front

    Referee I gave him 2 marks one for each goal after that he was dismal along with the linesman down the Milburn stand far to slow could not keep up with play flag d for offsides when players weren’t and kept his flag down when they were.

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #27

    Actually Dummett has put some fantastic crosses in, this season, 1 yesterday, not his fault the forwards cannot put them in the net! Nearly scored too, as was pointed out above. Made some brilliant tackles second-half. Their winger took him on in a foot race – no chance. Thankfully RAFA is picking the team, not some on here or in the stadium, who just give the lad no credit.
    I note Lascalles gets no criticism for being afraid to take the ball forward, despite Shelvey creating loads of space for him. Clark always does, not just passing to a marked Shelvey or punting it forward like Blunderland hoofballer! Maybe Clark is more confident knowing his full-back will cover him?
    As for Hazaar – have you seen how poor the lad has played in the EFL cup and on fleeting sub appearances?
    Afraid of a tackle and would cost us many goals – not able to defend.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #28

    Plus – full marks to Mitrovich for standing up to Cardiff trying to wind him up fouling niggling him and at the end a cynical tackling from behind down the back of his leg which the ref didn’t blow for a fall.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #29

    at this moment in time Dummett has the shirt by all accounts Rafa is happy with him
    Lazaar might be the answer in time to come who knows he will get his chance then it will be up to him take the shirt and keep it
    till then Dummett is doing a decent job

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  • Oldgit1

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #30

    @ WWSBRD = not sure about Lazaar being a better LB he may give us more as an attacking force but not sure he is capable of carrying out his defensive duties. For the moment I prefer Dummett and our goals against figure. I just think he deserves some respect and some of the criticism he gets on here is unfair.

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  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2016 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #31

    Charlie
    as always a very accurate description

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #32

    Oldgit
    The policy in the Summer was by all accounts if we need a player in a position get the best one available at LB we didnt really need another after Gamez came in but we went out and tried to get Galloway then got Lazaar after he went to West Brom (with Rafa saying he wanted an attacking LB)

    Imo its easier to coach a player to defend than it is to attack because, with all due respect, u need more quality to be an attacker than a defender

    In regards to which I prefer out of all 3 Ive not seen enough of Lazaar to make a judgement on him but I have seen enough of Dummett (hes mostly solid at defending but thats it) so when all fit Id have Haidara playing…that might change if Lazaar gets more game time and shows why we bought him but Dummett will never be a starter for me just too limited

    Personally I dont feel I am unfair in my criticism of him (I know u may not of meant me as ur original comment wasnt directed at me but I do get some stick for my opinion on Dummett) I am just honest with what he is, a good back up

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #33

    Christ am wordy arent I

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  • Slank

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    There is a worrying trend as seen in a number of recent games whereby the team in the second half drops back (for whatever reason) and loses its momentum from the first half.

    This invites the opposition to attack us. We have been very fortunate of late that we have been able to maintain the lead to the final whistle but it surely cannot last.

    Shelvey and to a lesser extent Hayden seem to fade badly in the second half. Is it they are not fit enough for 90 minutes or that they need an additional player in midfield ?

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  • toontaff2

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #35

    The refs/linesmen in the Championship just keep getting worse! At least they get the crowd noise levels up!

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  • Oldgit1

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #36

    Clark is turning out to be one hell of a player, a proper CD, doesn’t appear to panic and for a big lad has good ball control. A steal of a buy.
    Our defence is getting better and better.
    Do worry we do not have cover for Shelvy or competition for his position. We should be looking for a player in his mode in Jan transfer market.

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  • Jib

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    WWSBRD
    I think folk think you should cut Dummett some slack – you should maybe consider him a work in progress .

    He’s only just turned 25 and been under Rafa’s coaching for 6 months (allowing for Summer break)

    I can see a definite improvement in his game – not as marked as in other players but definitely there.

    You seem too quick to dismiss him out of hand.

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  • Oldgit1

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    @ WWSBRD , def not having a go at you. Only have a go at people who make a one line comment with no facts to back it up. You can never be accused of that. It’s too early for Haidara, not sure if he will ever get a game for us again before going out on loan. He has missed a year of playing and needs building up. Not sure he has ever got over that tackle when we played Wigan. Appears to have a very slow recovering rate from injuries.

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:23 AM

    Comment #39

    Jib
    Not sure I’ve seen much improvement still needs a defensive winger to cover him, still not comfortable with the ball and still defends like a CB he’s just in a worse league playing in the best team

    Also not sure 3 years is being too quick

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  • WWSBRD

    Nov 6, 2016 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #40

    Oldgit
    Tbh on Sadio u may be right I have no idea but Rafa is yet to see him really to make a decision

    I agree he has struggled since that expletive tried to end his career but he’s had crap managers with him maybe Rafa will get his confidence back in him and he won’t be rushed back…I think he could be a gem by the end of the season, he’s got all the attributes

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