Newcastle's Paul Dummett: I never want to experience a relegation battle again

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett is hoping that his side make a big improvement next campaign.

Newcastle United defender Paul Dummett has told the club's official site that he hopes to never be in a relegation battle again.

The Magpies beat West Ham United 2-0 on the final day of the Premier League season to confirm their survival in the top flight.

It was a dramatic way to end the season, but not one that Dummett enjoyed, and the Welsh international is determined to avoid a similarly nerve-wracking finish next term. 

"It was a massive relief for us, especially after the last two or three months where we hadn't been winning games," he said. 

"The pressure of the whole week was massive and I think everyone was just relieved that we won the game by two goals and kept a clean sheet.

"But it's something I definitely don't want to go through ever again. As a player and a fan, it's not something you'd ever wish for. You don't ever want to be relegated with any club that you play for, because it hangs over you for the rest of your career."

In truth, Newcastle should never have been in a relegation fight this season, but they were almost punished for a lack of ambition.

The North East outfit made a disastrous appointment when they allowed John Carver to take over from Alan Pardew and their run of 10 games without a win was shocking.

In the end, it didn't cost them their Premier League status, but it will still serve as a warning sign for the club.

Newcastle have been static for too long and they now know the scale of the improvements they will need to make if they are to start competing in the upper echelons of the table again. 

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