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Defender Describes The Calmness Rafa Benitez Brings To Newcastle

Paul Dummett may not be the only local lad who starts in the Newcastle team next season.

We should also see Sean Longstaff starting games if his form since last December is anything to go by.

Sean’s been a revelation this season until he got injured, and he’s looked like a young Michael Carrick in the Newcastle side.

And Paul himself has come into top form recently and had an excellent game in the 3-1 win against Southampton last Saturday.

Dummett made some vital clearances on Saturday, especially in the second half when the Saints came into the game after sleeping through the first 45 minutes.

Paul Dummett – in action against Southampton

This is what Paul has said on the Newcastle website:

“All the players deserve praise, and so do the fans for sticking with us in the tough times, and the manager for what he’s done.”

“The manager brings that experience with him from where he’s been in his career, and whether you win or get beat, he’s always the same really.”

“He doesn’t get too excited when you’ve won a game and when you get beat, he doesn’t get too down.”

“He always tells us that we need to forget about the game; obviously look at a few things we’ve done and try to improve on those things.”

“And don’t let those mistakes happen again, but he knows we’ve got another game in a few days to put things right.”

“He’s stayed calm throughout the season, even those times we were struggling a bit.”

“He’s always stated to us if we play with anxiety it’ll be harder to win games, so we’ve tried to listen to his advice and put it into practice, and it’s paid off.”

“Whether you’re going to be here next season or not, it doesn’t really matter – every player has their personal pride.”

“As a team, we have the three games; we could win all three, we could lose all three, but we’ll be trying our best to get as many points as we can to finish in a strong position.”

“And hopefully we can beat last season’s tally with the points we can get.”

If we can beat Brighton away on Saturday in the late game, we will equal our tally of 44 points we got last season.

And then at least a point at home to Liverpool or away to Fulham will see us beat that total.

Maybe we can even get three wins in a row to finish the season on a high?

But it’s an excellent opportunity to win at the Amex Stadium on Saturday afternoon – so we’ll take one game at a time.

Comments welcome.

27 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #1

    make ready for a PR tsunami as the club readies its self for Rafa’s imminent departure 😉

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:55 PM

    Comment #2

    Always said Dummett could do well as a CB in a back three. The one reservation I had was his height, how he played the ball crossed in to the box.

    Against the Saints, he was excellent in that regard, with some very good headed clearances, judging by the limited highlights I’ve seen. He also seemed to play very well going forward, spraying the ball out to Ritchie and Almiron.

    It will be interesting to see how he is played by Wales when he’s called up in future – I think his days as a LB are behind him. If he can become an established international CB, his value will rocket.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 24, 2019 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #3

    I wonder how many voted for Perez as top scorer.

    Think I put Muto as top scorer as Rondon hadn’t signed and I thought Joselu was off to citeh.

    Pretty sure I put 44 pts as a total and 12th place.

    Be interesting to see the outcome.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Thanks Rob but nerd isn’t really an insult – it’s what dumb people call intelligent people 🙂

    And as for your who-likes-who theory anyone who thinks jib is not disruptive, divisive is probably like him.

    You’re a funny one mind, one little daft comment and youre all over it like a dog on a bratwurst. You feeling ok?

  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    It’s a weird form guide we’ve got over the last two seasons – worryingly long string of losses to every man and his dog, then a late rally as a top three form team to stay in the league. Odd.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:03 PM

    Comment #6

    That was very pro Rafa coming from the club mind.

  • Jib

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #7

    If you ask martoon nicely he will usually
    tell you your pick for the season.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:04 PM

    Comment #8

    All the players should threaten to put in a transfer request if Rafa goes.

  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:05 PM

    Comment #9


    I’m happy to wait.

    Just interested to see how wild peoples predictions were and how close far away people are in general

  • Pain in the Blog

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #10

    Just catching up on the blog and came across a few low grade posts from someone called ‘Count’. I can’t believe that nobody brought to his attention the glaringly obvious typo in his moniker.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:12 PM

    Comment #11

    tsunki, it wasn’t meant as an insult, just a gentle gibe.

    OP, I also predicted Muto as top scorer. I was miles off with all my other predictions also….

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #12

    tsunki, if you look at our form since November, only the top 6 have earned more points than us.

    I get what you’re saying, but you can’t reconcile that with a late season surge in form.

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:13 PM

    Comment #13

    that’s only the first salvo the rhetoric will change the closer we get to Rafa leaving, and then real candidates for the his job start to step forward.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #14

    “”So what do we want to do? Do we want to compete in this range, or do we want to survive? That is it. That is what we have to decide.”
    I think we all know the answer to that one.
    The more money Mikey pays in wages the less he gets to fleece for himself.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #15

    Pain in the Blog,
    I appreciated your fair and balanced criticism this morning, or was it yesterday morning. Every day is the same on here.

  • hibbit

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #16


    there’ll be a 3/4 million saving on the next managers salary that should please ashLIE

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #17


    I’m pretty certain that I did, trouble is it was some time ago, so might be wrong.

  • Tsunki

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:25 PM

    Comment #18

    (yawn) ok Rob bit of an exaggeration let’s get mundane then – we start off the season with really poor loss ratio that drags on worryingly and earns us a place in the bottom set, the middle season of winter months evens out to a boring average that keeps us steadily in place, then our season literally springs to life near the end with form that would have kept us nearer the top had we been consistent all term.

    I liked my first one for simplicity and he general gist. Sheesh. And I get called a nerd! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #19

    OP and by the way was Joselu a contender for your pick? 😉

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #20

    Isn’t it the Nerds who end up as billionaires, I’d love to be one! 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #21

    Fulham cancelling all tickets with NE postcode ffs, not refunding train tickets though.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #22

    Although Ashlie aint a nerd, he must fit into a different category, same as DT.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #23

    tsunki, I could have picked fault with your ‘losses to every man and his dog’ comment too. I’m pretty sure we’ve only lost to teams higher than us in the table.

    The fact is that once we got that bloomin awful first ten fixtures out the way, we’ve been remarkably consistent. We’ve even been remarkably consistent compared to last season.

    And yes, this is a very nerdy post, I’m fully aware.

    My son’s a bit of a nerd. I have high hopes that he’ll keep me in good quality Scotch during my retirement.

  • RobLeenio

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #24

    As in ‘provide me with copious amounts of good quality Scotch’, not ‘stick me in a vat of good quality Scotch and nip off to claim my pension’

  • Posh_Geordie

    Apr 24, 2019 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #25


    I read somewhere, I think someone linked it on this blog, that Dummer has one of the best aerial dual win percentages in the Prem.

    I’m also sure he played CB before he was used in the senior squad by P….. no can’t say that name still lol… when we had no LBS.

  • DubaiMicky

    Apr 24, 2019 at 4:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Dummet – dodgy barnet.

  • carltoon

    Apr 24, 2019 at 7:02 PM

    Comment #27

    Total Sport tonight. Newcastle being investigated over the transfer of Mitrovic. Anderlecht helping with investigation. Newcastle No Comment.


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