Paul Dummett was a surprise hero for Newcastle in an incredible 3-2 win over Southampton.
The local lad was named on the bench for the Magpies, despite being a major doubt before kick off.
However, he came on in the 67th minute for Allan Saint-Maximin and proved why he is still such a vital squad member.
Saint-Maximin was having a wonderful game, but Jeff Hendrick’s ridiculous red card meant we needed extra bodies at the back.
Dummett immediately slotted into a back three and looked to get the defensive line higher up, attempting to relieve the pressure Southampton were piling on.
Things became even tougher shortly after his arrival, as Fabian Schar’s injury forced us down to nine men.
But despite being two men short, the Magpies were able to hold on for a vital three points.
There were some incredible performances in black and white – Miguel Almiron and Joe Willock will likely take the plaudits.
But Dummett’s introduction was pivotal. The 29-year-old made some crucial blocks and won some big headers, proving just how good a defender he is.
Dummett has often been criticised for his limitations going forward, but when it comes to defending there aren’t many better at the club.
You know what you’re going to get from Dummett, and that’s exactly what he delivered off the bench.