On the up? Why Newcastle feel they have ‘turned a corner’

Paul Dummett
Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett is hopeful that Newcastle United have turned a corner.

The club climbed out of the Premier League’s relegation zone before the international break thanks to a 1-0 win over Bournemouth.

In the last few weeks, we’ve played really well but we hadn’t been getting the wins.

Paul Dummett

And Steve McClaren’s side are two points above the drop zone ahead of Saturday’s home game against Leicester City.

Another win could see United widen the gap between themselves and the bottom three.

Now defender Dummett says the challenge for the team is to be both “resolute” – as they were at the Vitality Stadium – and a threat themselves with the ball, something they weren’t on the south coast.

“We’re hoping that the Bournemouth game will prove to be a turning point,” said Dummett, back from Wales duty.

“In the last few weeks, we’ve played really well but we hadn’t been getting the wins.

“(Against Bournemouth) we showed a different side to our character, and hopefully that can carry on into the next game after the break.

“We’ll be going out in that game to try to do a bit of both. We want to be resolute and hard to break down, but we also want to attack, be a threat and play well.

“As long as we’re playing well in games, we have enough quality players that we should win a fair few of them.”

Dummett felt it was important that Newcastle climbed out of the relegation zone before the Premier League paused for a round of internationals.

“It’s important to be out of the bottom three during the international break,” said the 24-year-old.

“If we’d been in the bottom three, we would have spent the best part of two weeks hearing things about our position in the table.

“It’s not nice, and it gives you a confidence boost when you’re not in there and worried about being in the relegation zone.

“It’s only one game, though. We have to go on and win more.”

United were indebted to Rob Elliot against Bournemouth, with the goalkeeper having made a series of important saves despite being hampered by a thigh injury.

The problem saw Elliot ruled out of the Republic of Ireland’s two-legged Euro 2016 play-off against Bosnia.

But the 29-year-old, playing because of injuries to Tim Krul and Karl Darlow, will be between the posts against Leicester.

Dummett said: “That’s the kind of character Rob is – he wants to play.

“At the start of the season, he probably thought he was never going to play this season at all.

“So for him to come from that to where he is now is massive for us. To have him as a back-up keeper to Tim, who is obviously injured, gives us a lot of confidence as well.”