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.
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!”