Paul Dummett says look at where Newcastle are placed


“I think we’re all disappointed because we’ve had four defeats in a row now. We had a lot of chances against Spurs – probably more clear-cut chances than they had – but we didn’t put them away. I think we can be proud of our performance, we played really well, but things happen in games and Harry Kane came up with a quality finish. That killed us a bit. That’s the thing with some of the big teams in this league. They have players with that extra bit of quality and they can change the game in a moment. They only need one chance, or sometimes only half a chance, and they’re so clinical that they score the goal and the game changes. We had better chances than they did, and could have had two penalties as well, so we’re disappointed not to get any goals and to have come away with no points.

“We’re disappointed with the run we’re on, but you have to look at the bigger picture. If you’d have said at the start of the season that we’d be in tenth with one game left, we would have snapped people’s hands off for that. The fact we’ve lost four in a row has put a bit of a downer on things, and we don’t want to finish the season losing five in a row. We have to make sure we recover well and get ready for the game against Chelsea. We have to make sure that at the very least we get something so we don’t end the season with five straight defeats.

“I don’t think people can say we’ve thrown the towel in – our performance against Spurs showed that. The squad we have simply doesn’t have that mentality. The games we’ve had have been tough – every game in the Premier League is a tough game – and the Spurs game proved that. We had good chances, we just couldn’t score from them. The Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world, and if you give people half a chance, they can score.”

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