Paul Dummett: Newcastle determined to avoid relegation

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett was gutted when his side were relegated in 2009, and is determined to avoid suffering the same fate.

Paul Dummett is preparing for the biggest game of his career as Newcastle United attempt to drag themselves out of relegation trouble on the final day of the Premier League campaign.

If Hull City beat Manchester United on Sunday, only a win over West Ham United would see Newcastle retain their place in the top-flight.

The 23-year-old Geordie remembers the day Newcastle were relegated back in 2009, and will do all he can to avoid suffering a repeat of that pain.

Fan presence is something slowly but surely being eroded in the dressing rooms of top clubs in the Premier League. Gone are the days of Gary Neville and co roaring their teams on and wearing their shirt with pride.

Dummett, however, seems to be keeping that presence alive on Tyneside, and that can only be a good thing for the sport.

"I have played in some big games before - when I was on loan in Scotland, a cup final, also probably one of the biggest ones was when I came on to make my debut against Manchester City in the Premier League," Dummett told nufcTV.

"But I think this is probably going to be the biggest one because of the position the club is in, especially on the last day of the season to keep the club in the Premier League."

Final day relegation is perhaps a memory Newcastle fans will want to forget, with club talisman Alan Shearer working as temporary manager at the time. Anything but a win this weekend, though, could see The Magpies slipping back into the Championship.

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