Paul Dummett explains why Newcastle are under increased pressure

Dummett believes the state of Newcastle’s squad has increased worries of a potential relegation.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Paul Dummett has admitted that there is a lot of pressure in the Newcastle squad due to a lot of players never having been relegated before.

The talented defender said: “I think a lot of players in this squad have never been in this position before so there's a lot of pressure.”

This is certainly a worrying thought, as the players new to this high-pressure situation will unlikely be able to cope with the rigours of a final-day relegation battle.

Newcastle have to match or better Hull’s result to guarantee their Premier League status, and with the Magpies facing West Ham, and Hull playing Manchester United, it is expected that John Carver should oversee a survival.

However, no wins in the last 10 games, and nine defeats in that time see the Magpies as the most out-of-form team in the division.

The players will have to put in far better performances than they have been doing lately if they want to claim a result, but the pressure of the situation is sure to get to them on the day.

It seems as if performances would only improve if playing in a situation without any pressure - such as survival already being confirmed - but right now they are playing for their safety, and that is the most high-pressure situation many of these players will have ever experienced.

Newcastle are the favourites to avoid relegation, but in practice, it might just turn out to be too big a game for the players to handle.

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