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Dummett urges Newcastle response

30th December 2018, 13:37 by James Mason

Newcastle United left-back Paul Dummett has called for his side to put on a performance in Wednesday's game against Manchester United.

Salomon Rondon's first-half header looked like being enough to earn the Magpies a much-needed three points at Vicarage Road on Saturday, but Abdoulaye Doucoure equalised with eight minutes remaining to give Watford a share of the spoils.

It was a hammer blow to Newcastle, who are firmly involved in a relegation battle, and Rafael Benitez's men face a tough match against the Red Devils at St James' Park on Wednesday evening.

In the reverse fixture, goals from Kenedy and Yoshinori Muto had put the north-east outfit into an early 2-0 lead, only for Juan Mata, Anthony Martial and Alexis Sanchez to score in the final 20 minutes to secure all three points for United.

Wales international Dummett says conceding so late against the Hornets was a blow but he is urging his team-mates to put all their efforts into getting the better of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's men next week.

"It's disappointing not to hold out and pick up the three points, but we have to be positive and move on to the next game," he told nufc.co.uk. "Last season, we beat Manchester United and went on a bit of a run after that, and hopefully we can achieve the same as that this season.

"They've got a new manager and they've won a few games, so their confidence will be high coming to play against us. But I think Manchester United have always found it hard playing at St James' Park against us.

"We'll be doing our best to try and take points off them - hopefully three - and hopefully kick on the same as we did last season."

Newcastle won this fixture 1-0 last season and punters may decide to use their free bet on Benitez's side picking up a valuable three points in front of a raucous home crowd.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

James Mason grew up in Northumberland so is entrenched in both the football and golf scenes. A low handicap golfer, he also follows Newcastle United and predicts big things under Rafa Benitez.

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