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Paul Dummett continues his recovery in remarkable Newcastle U-23s game

Sam Brookes November 6, 2020
Newcastle United v Leeds United: Premier League 2
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Experienced Newcastle defender Paul Dummett continued his return to action on Friday afternoon.

The full-back played the entire 90 minutes as Newcastle U-23s recovered from a three-goal deficit to beat Leeds U-23s 4-3.

Dummett’s injury woes

Dummett was a regular in the first-team last season, prior to rupturing his achilles tendon in January.

He has not featured for the senior side since. A muscle problem has ruled him out of the opening weeks of the current campaign. Dummett has been improving his condition in recent weeks, though.

Having made his return against Fulham U-23s last month, another game under his belt will have done him no harm. The 29-year-old will be hoping to be back in contention after the international break to put pressure on first-choice left-back Jamal Lewis.

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Stunning comeback

The match itself was a cracker, with the Yorkshire-based club racing into a 3-0 lead after 31 minutes.

A brace from Liam McCarron and a Joe Gelhardt penalty looked to have set them well on their way to victory. Newcastle’s forgotten man Henri Saivet was at fault for the first goal after his poor back-pass was intercepted.

However, Newcastle fought back admirably. A first half header from Yannick Toure offered them some hope, before a spirited second half display turned the game around completely.

Elliot Anderson, who recently signed a long-term contract extension, scored from the spot, with an own goal and a last-minute winner from Stan Flaherty sealing the win for Newcastle.

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Timely boost

Dummett’s improving condition will please manager Steve Bruce. It appears that he will have another option at his disposal shortly.

This is a timely boost given that the squad are currently operating without the injured Martin Dubravka, Jonjo Shelvey and Dwight Gayle.

The senior side also play today when they take on Southampton this evening. Newcastle are unbeaten in their last two matches, and won against high-flying Everton last weekend.

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Sam Brookes is an aspiring sports journalist with a background in football analysis. He has written for a number of online publications in recent years, and specialises in English and Italian football.