Paul Dummett has improved this season under the coaching of Rafa Benitez and a number of our other players have too – and they will be better players next season than they have been this season.
But it’s been some experience in the Championship, which must be the toughest football league in the world to play in, with the games coming thick and fast and even the bottom teams being able to beat the top teams.
Second bottom Blackburn have beaten us 1-0 twice this season and we also lost to Wolves at home – and Wolves are 5th bottom of the league.
Rafa Benitez with Paul Dummett this season
Paul Dummett has given a long interview in the Chronicle today and this is some of what he said:
“You get criticized for certain things.” “And you get praised for other things.” “For me, it’s about playing as a team and doing what the manager wants – nobody else.”
“If the manager is happy with what I’ve been doing in games that’s the only opinion I have to listen to.” “You can take positives from him.”
“You still might get to hear what might get said outside, but the manager stuff is the most important.” “Anything in life gets commented on.”
“Social media is a massive thing for any subject now.” “Anybody on social media can say anything to you and you don’t even know who they are or what their agenda is.”
“They could be anonymous on their profile picture so you can’t take it to heart.” “As a young player, you have to concentrate on what you do best.”
“You must focus on what you can do well.” “I have heard a lot of people saying I’m a man in form.” “But most importantly it is about the team and not individuals.”
“Hopefully we can win the league.” “We have done really well from the start of the season until now.”
“Even the game against Brighton I cleared one off the line at 1-0 down but we still created a lot of chances in the first half.” “That shows the team spirit and the fight we have here.”
“We will never stop and keep going right until the end.” “We didn’t give up at Brighton and we got two goals.” “I know one was flukey but that’s what got us the three points.”
“It doesn’t matter who you are playing or which winger you are up against my job is obviously to defend and not let them play as well as they can.
“I’m trying to do my job the best I can.” “Anthony Knockaert is probably one of the best players and all of the pundits talk about him.”
“I knew on the night to stop him from doing what he does best.” “I just tried my best to do that.” “He got taken off and hopefully I did enough to stop him doing what he can do.”
Paul has made the left-back spot his own this season as he turns in a competent and solid performance in almost every game.
His performance against Anthony Knockaert on Tuesday night at Brighton was the best we have ever seen Paul play – he was outstanding and he kept the star winger reasonably quiet.
Paul has played 34 times for Newcastle this season and in total now has 109 appearances for his home town club with 3 goals.
Not bad for a 25 year-old local lad – he’s done great for us this season.