Alan Pardew believes emerging star Paul Dummett will bounce back from a midweek lesson he received against Everton.
The Toffees were mobile and fluid going forward and caused problems for a Newcastle team that chased the game after allowing Ross Barkley to waltz through for the opening goal.
Young left-back Dummett found life difficult and he continues to scale a steep learning curve in the Premier League, having been criticised for his dead-ball delivery both at Fulham and against Aston Villa.
It is little surprise that after making such a fine start to life in black and white he would find life harder in the weeks that followed it, but Pardew believes that he will come good again.
“He had a difficult night with a player running at him all the time.
“He was a bit naïve with some of the positions he got into but he’s a young player and he’s learning the game. But what I do know is that he has a fantastic attitude and application and he will only learn from that. Like he learnt from Fulham when all his set-plays went skew-whiff.”
Pardew has other options at left-back, with both Davide Santon and Massadio Haidara now fit and available to play. The Newcastle boss compares Wales defender Dummett’s progress with that of his former protege Adam Lallana, who has gone on to establish himself in the England side after a fine education at Southampton.
“Lallana was the same (when he first came through), I remember him not being able to clear the first defender with his set-plays in games, but you get that with young players and you have to stick with them and allow them to learn,” he said.
“I know Paul Dummett is a much better player than he showed the other night.”