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Speaking to NUFC TV, Paul Dummett has urged Newcastle supporters to turn up for the clash against Manchester United on Sunday.
The Magpies suffered a humiliating 5-0 defeat to Leicester last time out in the Premier League, and their home matches at St James’ Park have been characterised by lower than usual attendances.
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The departure of Rafa Benitez earlier in the summer added to the resentment being aimed at Mike Ashley, but Dummett has now called on the Magpies faithful to show up on Sunday.
He said: “Hopefully we can get a sold out stadium (against Manchester United) because at the moment we haven’t had the sell-outs that we would like. The more we try and dwell on the fact that we put a bad performance in (at Leicester), it will stick in our heads and the confidence might not be there.
“We need to try to forget about it, to work hard on the training ground and make sure we put it right. We didn’t put the performance in and collapsed, like the manager said, we surrendered. Even when it was 5-0 they [(Newcastle fans) were still singing right throughout, travelling the distance they travelled and the money they would have spent, the performance we put in was not acceptable.”
Seriously, Paul? As a Geordie boy himself, surely Dummett would be one of the rare few in that Newcastle squad who may be able to empathise with the fans’ anger. He should understand why they haven’t had the sell-outs they “would like”.
Paying good money to watch utter dross against Leicester last week, and then equally seeing that hard-earned cash fill the pockets of a disinterested owner doesn’t exactly fill fans with joy, does it?
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More and more fans are beginning to appreciate that the best way of sending a message to Ashley is with their money. Not simply giving in, and providing him with more reason to suck some more life out of the club.
For Dummett to then suggest that the players should forget about the humiliation against the Foxes? Newcastle supporters have had to carry that burden and suffering with them all week, and quite frankly, Steve Bruce’s squad should be reminding themselves of that pain every day, not sticking their heads in the sand and pretending it didn’t happen.
It wasn’t simply a case of a bad afternoon at the office that people can just shrug off. It was abject. It was horrible. It was unacceptable. The 28-year-old’s words are a slap in the face for a passionate fan-base desperate for some change.