Newcastle stars will be ‘better players’ for experience of relegation fight

Paul Dummett
Paul Dummett

Paul Dummett insists Newcastle United’s players will be ‘better’ for going through the trials of a relegation battle.

The Magpies avoided the drop after a 2-0 win over West Ham United on Sunday, with Hull City falling through the Premier League trapdoor.

A lot of us had not been in the situation of being in a relegation fight before, so for us it’s an experience and something that’ll make us better players in the future.

Paul Dummett

Dummett returned to the fray for the run-in after being ruled out for three months with a knee injury, and played in the last four games of the campaign.

And he says the fight to beat relegation is an experience that has made him stronger – though he never wants to go through it again.

He said: “It was a massive relief for us, especially after the last two or three months where we hadn’t been winning games.

“The pressure of the whole week was massive and I think everyone was just relieved that we won the game by two goals and kept a clean sheet.

“A lot of us had not been in the situation of being in a relegation fight before, so for us it’s an experience and something that’ll make us better players in the future.

“But it’s something I definitely don’t want to go through ever again. As a player and a fan, it’s not something you’d ever wish for.

“You don’t ever want to be relegated with any club that you play for, because it hangs over you for the rest of your career.”

Dummett’s season isn’t over yet, with the left-back having been called up by Wales for their European Championship qualifier against Belgium next month.

It’s a bonus for the 23-year-old, who feared his season was over not log ago.

“I thought I’d be out for the rest of the season but that wasn’t the case, and I’m really pleased that I could come back to help the club stay in the Premier League,” he told the club’s website.

“I’m pleased to get the call up and hopefully I’ll play a part.

“It’s a privilege to be involved with the squad and hopefully we can get a good result against Belgium.”

Wales face Belgium at the Cardiff City Stadium on June 12 with only goal difference separating the two teams at the top of Group B. Dummett won his first cap against Holland last summer.