Paul Dummett was one of the first players to accept responsibility for Newcastle’s performance against Norwich. He gave an interview following the game in which he stated that it wasn’t good enough and every player needed to look at themselves in the mirror. Paul also sympathized with the fans who had to travel a long way to support the club only to be treated with such a terrible performance.
?? "We can't let our heads go down – it's a long season so we've got to keep on going."
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) August 19, 2019
During his interview, Paul was asked why he thought it didn’t “click into place early on.”
He brought up the warm-ups in his response as he said:
“I don’t know, but I think from the start in the warm-up, it wasn’t right. The first five minutes, they were on top of us.”
Some have taken Paul’s comments as a criticism of the coaching staff. However, it was just a passing comment, and Dummett did mention numerous times during the interview that the performance was just not good enough. So we are not sure what to make of Paul’s comment about the warm-up not being right.
The Chronicle have published a response to these comments from former Manchester City and Aston Villa defender Micah Richards. Richards played under Bruce at Aston Villa.
This is what Richards has said about a player’s responsibility during the warm-ups:
“I think that’s down to being a professional. You can’t really put everything on the manager.
“When you go out as a footballer, when you cross that white line, you’ve got to have some sort of responsibility on yourself.
“You can’t blame a manager for that.
“The manager has looked at his squad, thought that was the best possible team for that game, and the players have to take some responsibility.
We don’t really feel like Paul was blaming anyone. He just mentioned that it may have affected the team’s start to the game. However, it is worrying that nothing seems to be going right for Newcastle right now.
Steve Bruce made two changes to the starting eleven for Norwich, and both ended up not working out. Sean Longstaff was replaced by Ki in midfield and Ki was anonymous the entire game until being substituted late for Sean.
Bruce also brought Emil Krafth on for Javier Manquillo, but that ended up being a poor selection as well. In retrospect, it was a tough debut for Krafth and will not have done his confidence any good at all.
Javier Manquillo will also be wondering what he had done to lose his place. Manquillo had been playing well and having the continuity of Manquillo at right wing-back at Norwich may have been a better option.
However, it was a poor performance all around. Now is the time for the team to try to get everything right for Tottenham, warm-ups and all.