NEWCASTLE boss Alan Pardew would have no qualms about handing Paul Dummett a start against Sunderland on Sunday – but he’d only ask the defender to stop goals, not score them!
Dummett came off the Magpies’ bench against Liverpool last weekend and made a contribution at both ends of the pitch.
The 22-year-old, making only his third Premier League appearance, put 10-man Newcastle 2-1 ahead, and helped shore up the Tynesiders’ defence in the wake of Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa’s dismissal.
Daniel Sturridge’s equaliser for Liverpool could not take the shine of a positive performance from Pardew’s team ahead of the 149th Wear-Tyne derby.
With Fabricio Coloccini injured and Yanga-Mbiwa suspended, Dummett has been put on standby to play in Sunday’s Stadium of Light clash should fit-again defender Steven Taylor not prove his fitness in time.
However, should he play, Pardew will not be expecting any more heroics in front of goal from the Wales Under-21 international.
“I don’t expect to see him scoring goals, stopping goals is what he will be paid for,” Pardew said.
“I thought he did that really well. He made some important interceptions and headers.
“You actually didn’t see the join in the back four when Yanga-Mbiwa went off. We conceded a lot of possession because we only had 10, but we did really, really well.”
Dummett was sent on against Liverpool late in the first half after Yanga-Mbiwa’s dismissal for a foul on Luis Suarez, and he lost his marker to meet a 56th-minute Yohan Cabaye free-kick, putting Newcastle 2-1 up.
Pardew has revealed that the former St Mirren loanee had been ready to start as Williamson was “struggling” with a slight knock.
“We’ve worked with the players that have come in, and we look like we’ve got a lot of good options,” said Pardew.
“Dummett had an unbelievable day. I was going to start with Dummett, because Willo was struggling before the game.
“It was ironic that he came on – he’d had preparation – but I didn’t expect him to do his little hop, skip and jump after he scored.
“His family will be proud of him. We’ve had him since he was nine, so it is great to get one through.
“His dad is a massive Newcastle fan. He must be oozing with pride, and so he should be.”