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Defender Reveals What Happened On Sunday That Didn’t In The Past Few Seasons

Defender Paul Dummett has given an interview on NUFC TV in which he talks about the performance at Leicester City. He also looks forward to Sunday’s match against Manchester United.

When Paul was talking about working hard on the training ground to put things right for this weekend, the interviewer asked Paul what he thought the team needed to do differently against Manchester United from the Leicester City game. This is the answer that Paul gave:

“Well the start of the game we hadn’t done too badly until we got the man sent off. The second half we sort of collapsed.

“That’s one thing that as a team with the players we have we’ve never really done that in the past few seasons.

“We’ve never collapsed and given away the goals we gave away. That’s one thing the manager wanted to address.

“I think as a team, we knew it wasn’t acceptable. That’s one thing that can’t happen again.

“This team has been successful in working hard as a team and sticking together to get results. We’ve been through tough times in the past, and there’ll be tough times in the future again.

“We need to make sure that we stick together and work hard as a team to make sure we put it right.

“I see the manager has changed, but we all still know what we have to do on the pitch. We train every day with the manager and different ideas. We all know exactly what our jobs are on the pitch.

“The performance at Leicester, it wasn’t that we didn’t know our jobs. It’s that we didn’t put the performance in. We collapsed like the manager said. We surrendered. It’s not acceptable from anyone on the pitch. We’ll be making sure we do our best to put that right on Sunday.”

This season we have witnessed three performances that have been entirely foreign to the teams from the past two seasons. Against Norwich, the defense was an unorganized mess as they were torn apart by Teemu Pukki. They could find no answers for the newly-promoted side and failed to mount any rally to get back into the game.

Then the performance at Brighton saw a Newcastle side thoroughly dominated at home. The tactics worked on all week by Bruce and the lads were a complete dud. They were bereft of any sense of how to prevent Brighton’s total control of the game. But for Brighton’s lack of finishing the game could have ended much worse than a scoreless draw.

This past weekend was the worst of the bunch as the lads folded after Isaac Hayden’s sending off. We could not fathom the team ever daring to drop their heads that effortlessly the past two seasons.

These types of performances just did not occur over the past few years. The team always kept their wits and fought like mad for each other. While they didn’t always play well, they never collapsed.

It is a cause for concern that in almost half of the matches, we have witnessed unacceptable performances. That is all a reflection on the head coach.

Bruce just does not inspire performances out of the squad consistently. He did a fantastic job the week after the Norwich match but has failed to produce anything similar since.

That has to be rectified and quickly. This cannot be allowed to progress into another irreversible descent to the Championship. Bruce has to coax a reaction out the lads on Sunday at St James Park.

After the international break is away to Chelsea and then at home to a resurgent Wolves side. This downward spiral needs to be halted soon before it reaches the familiar levels of 2009 and 2015.

Who Was Newcastle's Player Of The Month For September?

  • Fabian Schar (65%, 383 )
  • Christian Atsu (13%, 78 )
  • Paul Dummett (12%, 70 )
  • Jetro Willems (5%, 31 )
  • Isaac Hayden (5%, 28 )

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26 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2019 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #1

    On previous.

  • MagpieRanger

    Oct 2, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #2

    Bladey is a mackem WUM

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 2, 2019 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #3

    Likewise! 🙂

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Oct 2, 2019 at 6:58 PM

    Comment #4

    I think that Bladey just likes to make provocative remarks to see who reacts, I find him funny.

  • wartongeordie

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:15 PM

    Comment #5

    Is it just me or does anyone agree just how much we miss Matt Ritchie, he doesn’t possess world class ball skills, he’s not in line for the Ballon d’Or, he does however give 100% to the cause week in week out unlike that shower on Saturday, he’s a shouter and if we ever needed a shouter it wss at Leicester. Imaybe sound like the Ritchie appreciation society, im not he’s not brilliant but I think the team are poorer without him.

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #6


    Local reports said that despite the recent fall off they will still turn out for Manu. Go figure!!


    As jib would say ” like I care” what you think. I think mug was putting it mildly.

  • investinyouthtoon

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #7

    wartongeordie at 5.

    Totally agree with you on that Ritchie makes this team more spirited. Yes he does go OTT on occasion however you couldn’t find a more passionate lad at the club apart from Carroll perhaps.

    Just read anews article on the club’s valuation compared to Evertons. There is no way that we are worth double what they are worth based on current assets etc. One can only hope he’s forced to reduce his value of the club but I wouldn’t hold my breathe.

  • Bambams

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #8

    Charlie (#21 previous thread)

    Agree with all of that fella, it’s probably hurting more because we did have a ‘proper manager ‘

    I just cant see Ash or CharnLIE sacking Bruce just yet, although other more ambitious clubs would I think.

    Like a few say on here, we will probably need to be 5-6 points adrift before ‘Winnit and cannit’ do something.

    In my opinion

    Cheers mate

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #10

    Dummet son, your having a laugh… are you honestly puzzled as to why crap performances are happening now but not for last few seasons? (SCRATCH HEAD A FEW TIMES)
    It’s got nowt to do with a change in management… has it??

  • The Sheikh'sMate

    Oct 2, 2019 at 7:52 PM

    Comment #11

    I’ve always thought Ritchie should be team/club captain.. He shows true grit.. Has balls.. Sweats a lot and kicks your arse now and again
    Lascelles is still learning his trade, I think he would play better without that responsibility

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #12

    Nice goal.

  • Lindisfarne

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:20 PM

    Comment #13
  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:25 PM

    Comment #14

    Looking at the Rangers debacle i cant even imagine the absolute MESS Jabba will have our club in

  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #15


    “Bruce will sort it – no danger”

    Im wondering exactly what you expect him to “sort” ?

    Probably 50/50 WUM/PR that one

  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:33 PM

    Comment #16

    So has anyone heard anything about the draw out process of SD actually appointing an auditor ?
    Its coming up to a month since the “deadline”

    Not been able to find anything on it what so ever

    Are they just going to ignore the rules forever ?

  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:36 PM

    Comment #17

    A spokesperson said: “Sports Direct is currently in a tender process for a new auditor, as noted at the annual general meeting on 11 September 2019. The company will announce the appointment in due course, following the successful conclusion of that process.

    “Any formal procedures, particularly in relation to the Companies Act, are being adhered to and Sports Direct can confirm it has written to the Department of BEIS under the terms of the Act.”

    The Big Four accountancy firms have all indicated that they are reluctant to take on the role, either through fears of conflicts or reputational damage.

    By a week next Friday its a full month since they said this, still no date given. No statements or any kind ” no comment”

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:40 PM

    Comment #18


    I think this as well I think just concentrating on his game and working on his passing would be better for the team rather than having the pressure of being captain as well

  • toon22

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #19

    Maybe you would like to contact


    (Department of BEIS) and ask them your self


  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2019 at 8:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Could one of the newspapers not lead with the story that Man Ure want Steve Bruce with all his European experience to take over when Ole Gunner Solskar is sacked.

    Seems reasonable compare to the tripe they normally put out.

  • one fine day

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #21

    Yes we miss Richie massively for what he brings on the pitch .
    Have to say ,it’s tiresome hearing one player after another coming out after games and stating the obvious .
    Norwich away was a disgrace ..Brighton awful ..owned at home by a team many predict to go down ..then Leicester …after each game we hear Lascalles and co telling us how they will work hard to put things right !
    Maybe stop wasting time doing the pointless sound bites and actualy look at your performance .
    In 3 months we seem to have gone back to performances we saw pre Rafa .
    All avoidable to and for reasons everyone can see other than these players

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #22

    Lucky goalie!

  • Ron Knee

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:11 PM

    Comment #23

    Could it be a return to those days when players such as Saylor were trotted out to say how “gutted” they were & how they would turn things round in the next match?

  • lochinvar

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #24

    “I am a coach who always gives a precise idea of football to his team,” said Antonio Conte.
    “I seem to set the trend in tactics. My football has always been organised, we have an idea and work hard on a range of scenarios.
    “All our performances this season have shown quality and organisation, but mentality makes the difference in getting out of tricky situations.”

    Live and learn eh ?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:26 PM

    Comment #25

    I think it’s a bit unfair to have a go at the players, I honestly think they’re as dejected and pi$$ed off as what we are. What was great about this group was that they gave their all and never ever threw the towel in, they just been slapped in the face with a big wet fish fish that stinks of no ambition and no hope of achieving s anything. They’ve had Rafa guiding them, Paco and all the others giving them stats and analysis, showing them how to improve. They’ll have heard about the arguments with Lee Churnley on when the training ground promised was going to be built. He’ll have reassured them that things will turn out for the best. Then all of a sudden Captain Pugwash and his team turn up and tell them we’re targeting a point a game, will try and win a cup because he hot to a final once with Hull and that they don’t have to worry about the facilities they’re on good money so that should do. They’re demoralised and it’s showing on the pitch.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Oct 2, 2019 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #26

    At least on Sunday he’ll have the perfect excuse not to play front foot football as he’ll end up referencing Rafa and his approach to the top six teams. I bet he does.


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