Paul Dummett put in a Man of the Match performance against Tottenham a few weeks ago. It was a surprise victory that helped shift the mood at the club into a somewhat more optimistic direction. It was Newcastle’s first points of the campaign and helped raise the hopes of some supporters.
The team were able to follow up that shock result with two admirable displays. Though the results on these two occasions, at home against Leicester and Watford, were both on the disappointing side.
Paul Dummett has given an interview in the Chronicle in which he suggests that the team are confident of a result at the league leaders:
“These are the type of games you look forward to and you are up against the best players in the world. We went to Tottenham and got a positive result and three points. There is no reason why we can’t go there and do the same against Liverpool.
“If we stick to the game plan there is no reason why we can’t do that. Did anybody expect us to beat Spurs? Nobody expected us to go there and get three points. But we had done it before.
“It was confident performance and we showed all that we could go there and get a result. It was probably my first man of the match on a TV game! The team did well though. My performance wasn’t the only one that was good on the day.
“Even against Watford and Leicester we have got positive results over the 90 minutes.”
Newcastle have in the past often put in towering performances against the top sides. They also have put in some woeful ones against the teams they should be beating. This season under a new head coach has been no different as they followed the cremation at Norwich with a triumph at Tottenham.
So Paul does have a point when he talks about looking forward to playing against world-class players. It will take a performance every bit as good as at Tottenham to get something from this one. The lads will have to put in a near-perfect display and hope to catch the European Champions on a rare off day.
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