WE’RE WILLING TO DUMM IT DOWN!
NEWCASTLE star Paul Dummett says there’ll be no Tiki-Taka on Tyneside as the Toon slog their way back to the Premier League. Since a 4-0 demolition of rock-bottom Rotherham in January, all but two of the table-toppers’ victories have been by a single goal. That run also includes grim 0-0 draws at Birmingham and Reading, with opponents understandably happy to park the bus and deploy the handbrake. Victory over battling Burton in midweek was typimett. cal of recent Newcastle games: obdurate opponents, tense atmosphere, a cagey home side unwilling to take risks. In the end, only a wonder strike from Matt Ritchie broke the deadlock.
But, with a ten-point cushion to third-placed Huddersfield pre-weekend and the prize within reach, Dummett says nobody at St James’ should complain.
“It hasn’t been pretty and it won’t be for the rest of the season,” admitted the 25year-old full-back. “But the points are all that counts now. it’s attractive football, ugly football, luck or whatever, it’s just about getting the job done.
“Teams are coming here to try and sit back, hit us on the break or score from a setpiece. Most would be happy with a point. It’s all about trying to frustrate us.
“It’s something a lot of us haven’t faced before. It has been difficult at times, but the facts speak for themselves.
“We’re top of the league, we’ve got 84 points. We’ve coped with those tactics really well and, as Burton found out, we usually find a way to win.
“Keep doing that and we’ll win the league.”
Wednesday’s 1-0 victory was overshadowed by referee Keith Stroud, who disallowed Ritchie’s first-half penalty for encroachment and mistakenly awarded a free-kick to Burton instead of ordering a retake.
The game was held up for five minutes amid furious scenes on the touchline, with Stroud later admitting he’d misapplied the rules.
“It was chaos,” said DumWhether “None of us knew what he had given it for, and I heard all sorts on the pitch – that Dwight (Gayle) had fouled one of their players as the penalty was taken. That someone had encroached.
“I actually spoke to the fourth official for a couple of minutes and soon realised nobody really knew what was going on.
“All you could do was carry on, try to focus.
“The ref ’s made a mistake and, thankfully, he’s admitted it now. Luckily we got the three points so it didn’t matter much.”
JOB TO BE DONE: Paul Dummett is ready to battle