BOSS Alan Pardew backed Paul Dummett to win over Newcastle United’s fans after watching him head the Magpies into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup.
Dummett’s 112th-minute goal at Crystal Palace last night booked the Tynesiders a trip to holders Manchester City at the end of next month.
Palace’s Sullay Kaikai had cancelled out the second of Emmanuel Riviere’s two goals to take the game into extra time.
But Dummett met a left-wing cross from Adam Armstrong with a diving header to seal Newcastle’s morale-boosting success.
Pardew feels homegrown defender Dummett does not always get the respect he deserves, but is confident that the 22-year-old former St Mirren loan star will establish himself at Premier League level.
“How he’s ended up in the opposition penalty area at that stage of the game, I don’t know,” said Pardew.
“He’s a local lad, and he’s having to prove to the Newcastle public that he’s good enough. I think it’s hard for players to come through the academy system these days.
“We’ve signed a really good French player in Massadio (Haidara), and he gets more glamour than Paul.
“But Paul does what it says on the tin – he’s a good tackler, good in the air and getting better going forward.”
Full debutant Armstrong – who also set up Riviere’s first goal – told of his joy at the result on Twitter after the game.
The 17-year-old tweeted: “Absolutely buzzing with that 3-2 against Palace! Glad to have got 2 assists on my starting debut!”
Palace’s spot-kick opener came when Wilfried Zaha’s left-wing break was seemingly meandering to a close when Daryl Janmaat hacked his shins and conceded a needless penalty.
Gayle stepped up and despatched the spot-kick low and to Rob Elliot’s right to hand Palace the lead against the general run of play.
Riviere fluffed Sammy Ameobi’s dangerous ball but then levelled the match courtesy of a perfectly-placed strike, finding pristine poise to spin off Brede Hangeland and clip beyond a motionless Wayne Hennessey from 20 yards.
Palace captain Paddy McCarthy gifted Newcastle the lead after the break, the fit-again defender scything down Ameobi in the box to hand the visitors a soft penalty.
Riviere stepped up and side-footed home just as calmly as he had converted his opener, again making a mockery of his early travails in front of goal.
Palace rallied in frustration, with Gayle heading against the base of the post.
And just when the hosts looked like slipping to defeat up popped late replacement Kaikai to poke home to send the game into extra time.
Midfielder Mehdi Abeid was then sent off after receiving a second yellow card as Palace pressed for a winner when the match resumed for its third instalment.
Gayle lashed the ball into the net in the second period of extra time, only for his fine finish to be chalked off for offside.
As both sets of players started preparing for penalties, Armstrong clipped the ball to the far post – and Dummett caught the Palace defence unawares to nod home and steal the tie.